Even during the summer break in this year’s DTM championship, all the teams, including Audi Sport, are working hard to ensure both increased competitiveness and welcomed improvements are achieved, that will hopefully see the Ingolstadt outfit in good stead for the upcoming round at the famed Nurburgring next weekend.
The current showing of form by Audi is below par in respect of previous years, with both Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekstrom picking up the only victories for Audi so far this season. But Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich‘s team is working hard to ensure that the A5 DTM is being upgraded at a high-speed pace, such as all cars for the Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg outfits receiving the latest technical developments.
On top of this, all 8 Audi drivers recently had the chance to test their cars extensively with the new package at Magny-Cours, where things appear promising, and they are all keen to get better results in the second half of the year. So maybe the data the teams have analysed could provide exiting results for al,l when racing resumes.
So as the DTM soon makes its way to the famed Eifel track, along with BMW and Mercedes, Ekstrom is the highest placed Audi driver in the race for the title, finding himself in 5th place with 47 points, ahead of fellow stablemates Mike Rockenfeller and Mortara. The sprint track at the Nurburgring was of major significance for the Swedish driver, as it started a resurgance of form for the veteran, having won the race from start to finish. This was in addition to Mattias winning three of the final five races, with him ending as runner up to last year’s champion, BMW’s Martin Tomcyzk, after what was a great end to the season.
Dr. Ullrich is hopeful that Audi Sport will be able to enjoy further success this season, especially as the Red Bull Ring was a first-hand indicator that there is more to come: “I’m optimistic that we’ll receive comfirmation of the fact that we worked very hard, and that the guys will be rewarded for their hard work with good results.”
Team Phoenix’s Director, Ernst Moser, is hopeful that things will change this time around for Audi, with some of his drivers wanting to up the pressure on their rivals with the possibly increased potential of the A5’s new updates: “Things haven’t been going so well for us at our home track in recent years. We want to change this. ‘Rocky’ loves the track; we’ve got a home round and are fully motivated. The same goes for Miguel (Molina), who wants to show what he was showing in the second half of the season last year. After the tests at Magny-Cours, we’ve got good pre-requisites for clinching a good result.”
And Team Rosberg’s Arno Zensen comes back to the track near the place of his birth, having fond memories, and this round will be a home race for him, and is hopeful and confident that the track will suit the teams, when qualifying begins on Saturday next week, with the “Three-Pointed Star”, the “Ultimate Driving Machine” and “Vorsprung Durch Technik” once again commence battle for dominance in the DTM.