500th Audi DTM race and manufacturers’ title within reach at Lausitzring

500th Audi DTM race and manufacturers’ title within reach at Lausitzring

19.08.2019: The DTM at the Lausitzring DTM to celebrate a special jubilee at the Lausitzring Audi drivers talk about their very personal DTM highlights



The DTM at the Lausitzring

  
DTM to celebrate a special jubilee at the Lausitzring
   
  
Audi drivers talk about their very personal DTM highlights
   
  
Chance of securing an early manufacturers’ championship win




A jubilee in the DTM and the first chance for the Four Rings to score a proverbial match point: in the 500th DTM race at the Lausitzring on Sunday (August 25), Audi may be able to secure an early manufacturers’ championship win.



Audi has scored 710 points in the first twelve races and its closest rival, BMW, 426. If its advantage grows by another 20 points this weekend, the brand will be sitting in the top spot out of its rivals’ reach before the two remaining race weekends at the Nürburgring (September 14/15) and at Hockenheim (October 5/6).



“Traditionally, the drivers’ title has the highest value in the DTM,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “But the manufacturers’ title is very valuable, too. It’s a strong indicator for the work of the entire squad and also for who has the best car. We’ve been very happy so far with the performance of our Audi RS 5 DTM and the new two-liter four-cylinder turbo engine.”



Audi has previously celebrated seven DTM victories at the Lausitzring, but also had to accept a round with zero points in Saturday’s race last year. The TV footage of René Rast’s spectacular rollover is unforgotten. “The accident looked worse from the outside than it was,” says the DTM leader. “But the fact that I wasn’t able to compete in the second race on Sunday may have cost me the title. After all, I was lacking only four points.”




Currently, Rast, with 206 points, is heading the drivers’ standings. His fellow Audi driver, Nico Müller, who is the only driver to have scored points in all twelve races this year, trails him by 37 points. Marco Wittmann, as the best BMW driver, has a deficit of 59 points.




The Lausitzring, says Rast, is not exactly his favorite circuit. “The track is very technical and does not pose a particularly great driving challenge. Even so, the Lausitzring is a nice facility and the track actually offers everything you need as a race driver: slow turns, fast turns and a long straight on which we have good overtaking opportunities with DRS and Push-to-Pass.




That’s why the races at the Lausitzring are usually very good. And from the main grandstand, the spectators have a view of nearly the whole track.”






Audi has contested 304 of the 498 DTM races – including the starts with privateer drivers before 1990, even 311. 108 victories, 330 podiums, 99 pole positions, 107 fastest laps, ten drivers’ titles, six teams’ titles and four manufacturers’ titles are credited to the brand with the four rings.




Before the 500th DTM race on Sunday, championship points will also be awarded at the Lausitzring on Saturday. Both races, as usual, will start at 1.30 PM, German TV channel SAT.1 will start airing live coverage from the Lausitzring on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1 PM (CEST). The race track is located some 120 kilometers south of Berlin. Tickets for the event are available online at www.audi.com/dtm.

 


Virginia Brusch - photos AUDI

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