The DTM race at Lausitzring became a fight between BMW and Mercedes, leaving Audi outside the podium.
“It was a very tough race. Unfortunately, we didn’t find the overall performance we’d been hoping for,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport.
Mike Rockenfeller was best Audi driver in qualifying with fourth, while Mattias Ekström took the top position in the race with fifth.
“In the case of Timo (Scheider) and Mattias (Ekström) we tried something between warm-up and the race – I think that was a step in the right direction. But we’ve got to use the two weeks between now and the next race at Brands Hatch to be in contention for victory there again,” said Ullrich.
Ekström is the best placed Audi driver in the championship with a shared third position.
“Naturally, it’s a nice thing to be the best Audi driver. Fifth place isn’t perfect but we scored important points for the championship. We’ve got to continue to work hard in order to have a better pace at the next race weekend,” said Ekström.
Ekström’s closest opponent in the race was Audi colleague Timo Scheider who caught him towards the end of the race.
“It was a good race. I had a really good start; there was a bit of commotion in turn one. Performance was good afterwards, I moved forward with a few overtaking maneuvers and a good strategy. In the end, I caught Mattias (Ekström) and that meant I couldn’t advance any more. We had a nice fight. I’m glad to be taking a few points home,” said Scheider.
Next race for Audi and DTM is Brands Hatch in two weeks.