Audi heads to Brands Hatch this weekend for the third DTM race of 2012 with hope to boune back after being left out of the top fight in the previous race at Lausitzring that became an all BMW-Mercedes affair.
Audi has been most successful of all manufacturers in DTM at Brands Hatch with victories in 2006, 2008 and last year with an all-Audi podium. Mattias Ekström is the top Audi driver in the championship currently, sharing third with Bruno Spengler.
“We analyzed the first two races and now we’ve got to try and find the thread again that we lost somewhere along the way. You can find something again as quickly as you can lose it. So finding is the task now. In general, Brands Hatch is a fun track that I’m looking forward to,” said Ekström.
DTM races at the short indy circuit of Brands Hatch, meaning that the drivers are going to complete 98 laps on Sunday.
“Our aim is to get back – preferably as early as at Brands Hatch – to where we were in all the years, which is being in contention for victory. That’s why between the Lausitzring and Brands Hatch we’ve got two intensive weeks of hard work that we’re making optimum use of. Clearly, at Brands Hatch, due to the short track, the field will be even closer together than at the first two races,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport.
Mike Rockenfeller is second best placed Audi driver in seventh position and the German took pole position at Brands Hatch last year.
“I’m really excited about going to Brands Hatch – especially following such a poor ending of the race at the Lausitzring after we’d actually had a good weekend until the race. At Brands Hatch, I was on P1 last year. I’d like to manage this again and would obviously love to win the first race for Audi this year,” said Rockenfeller.