Audi has not won at Norisring for ten years, with the last victory being claimed by Laurent Aiello in 2002. But the German manufacturer is aiming to change that this weekend.
“After my personal home race at Spielberg, the home round for AUDI AG and particularly for the Ingolstadt plant is now coming up. We’re all hoping to be successful at the Norisring this year. At Spielberg, we developed the cars by another step. At the Norisring, we want to show a good team performance as well. Victory is our big aim,” said Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Head of Audi Motorsport.
Edoardo Mortara clinched Audi’s first victory of the season last time out at Red Bull Ring Spielberg after a tough start to the season and the Italian is hoping to keep up the strong performance.
“I’m already very excited to see how we’ll be doing at the Norisring. After the brilliant victory at Spielberg, I’m confident that we’ll be looking good there as well. I love city street circuits and won in Nuremberg twice in Formula 3. Now I want to achieve a good result in the DTM there as well,” said Mortara.
Mattias Ekström is still best Audi driver in the championship, moving up to second in the championship on 47 points compared to championship leader Gary Paffett’s 83.
“The Norisring is the highlight of the year for me. I’ve often tried to win there. In many cases, I came close but didn’t make it yet. This year, I’m going to give everything for it again. I’ll be taking every risk for victory. After a short vacation I’m traveling to Nuremberg with freshly charged batteries,” said Ekström.
Shared second best Audi driver in the championship, with Mortara, is Mike Rockenfeller down in seventh position.
“I won the Porsche Carrera Cup in Nuremberg, so I know how to win there. Unfortunately, in terms of results, the track has not been so positive for me in the DTM so far. Still, I’m tremendously looking forward to it. With the A5 DTM, the Norisring will be really special. I’m hoping to be among those running at the very front of the field,” said Rockenfeller.