All of the latest news, official video and photos from Audi Sport's successful weekend at the Nurburgring.

Qualifying: Round 15
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With a strong race on Saturday, Audi driver Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) advanced to second place in the DTM drivers’ standings at the Nürburgring.
The Italian in his CASTROL Edge Audi RS 5 DTM, in fifth place, had previously been the best Audi driver in the morning’s qualifying session. In turn one, Mortara managed to overtake Mercedes drivers Lucas Auer and Pascal Wehrlein, who had started in front of him. Subsequently, he outperformed the BMW of Bruno Spengler as well and held up to the pressure from leader of the standings Pascal Wehrlein up to the checkered flag.

“I’m very happy with my race,” Mortara said following his fifth podium result in the 2015 season. “I had a tremendous start today and a fantastic car. We’re pleased with second place – but we’re aiming for more.”

On taking second place, Mortara bumped his teammate Mattias Ekström by one point to third place in the DTM drivers’ standings. In an extremely close qualifying session in the morning, the Swede had to settle for 17th place and in the race recovered to position ten although his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM had suffered front-end damage in the starting commotion.

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In the final stage, Ekström was supported by his brand colleague Mike Rockenfeller, who in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix had been defending position six for a long time. However, in a tussle with Mercedes driver Maximilian Götz, he lost several positions and in the end had to settle for an unrewarding eleventh place.

Adrien Tambay in his Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM took position 14 after having started from the last row following an accident in qualifying. Nico Müller in the Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg finished Saturday’s race in position 16, after being forced to get out of the way in the starting commotion and losing a lot of ground.

Even worse misfortune struck his teammate Jamie Green, who in his Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM had started the race with good prospects from the fourth row of the grid. Shortly following the start, the Briton was sent into a spin by BMW driver Tom Blomqvist and subsequently hit by Miguel Molina (Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM). This immediately ended the race for both of them. Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM) became entangled in the collision as well and retired after eleven laps.

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“We already lost the chance of scoring a better result in qualifying today,” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “We had four cars in the top ten but, unfortunately, at the wrong end of the first five rows. Edo’s (Mortara) performance in the race was top. That as many as four of our cars became entangled in collisions on lap one – including two of our three title candidates – is obviously very frustrating.”

Before the last three DTM races of the 2015 season, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström are trailing leader of the standings Pascal Wehrlein by 27 and 28 points, respectively. A total of 75 points are yet to be awarded. Sunday’s race at the Nürburgring will start at 13.25 (live on ‘Das Erste’).

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For the eighth time in the current DTM season, Sunday’s race at the Nürburgring will be seeing an Audi RS 5 DTM start from grid position one. In qualifying for the 16th race (start at 13.35 CEST, live on ‘Das Erste’) Miguel Molina in the Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline was in a class of his own.
‘Magic’ Molina immediately put himself at the front of the field at the beginning of the qualifying session and on his second fresh set of tires clearly improved once more. Posting a time of 1m 21.732s, he outperformed BMW driver Tom Blomqvist by more than two tenths of a second, relegating him to second place. “This was a perfect lap,” Molina said following the fifth pole position in total in his DTM career. “I didn’t make a single mistake which in view of the close competition in the DTM is crucial. My car was superb – the mechanics did a fantastic job following my accident yesterday.”

The same is true for the squad of Jamie Green whose Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg was heavily damaged on Saturday as well. In the repaired car, the Briton secured grid position three.
For Mattias Ekström and Edoardo Mortara, the second qualifying did not go according to plan, as the two candidates for the title had to settle for grid positions 17 and 20.

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In his 67th DTM race, it finally worked out: the Catalonian Miguel Molina celebrated his first DTM victory at the Nürburgring. For Audi, it marked the eighth success in the 16th race of the season.
69,000 spectators witnessed two turbulent DTM races in the Eifel with a particularly high level of mid-field action that Miguel Molina, however, hardly noticed on Sunday. After clinching pole position in commanding style in the morning in the Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, he instantly pulled clear of the competition at the start in the afternoon race and ultimately crossed the finish line as the uncontested winner with a 7.5-second advantage.

“What a fantastic day,” Molina beamed following his victory. “I’ve been waiting so long for this moment and hope this was just the beginning. My RS 5 was simply perfect today. ‘Thank you’ to Audi and especially to my mechanics that did a fantastic job after my accident yesterday.”

The second-best Audi driver on Sunday was Mike Rockenfeller in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix in seventh place. The 2013 DTM Champion kept his first set of tires longer than most of the other drivers and following his pit stop was within striking distance of leader of the standings Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes). Wehrlein, however, was backed by his brand colleague Maximilian Götz, so that Rockenfeller as a lone fighter had no chance against two Mercedes cars.

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Mattias Ekström, in eleventh place, barely missed scoring points. From position 17 on the grid, the Swede in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM advanced to eleventh place and was in the points for some of the time. However, a slow pit stop cost valuable time and subsequently deprived him of the opportunity to make up additional ground. In the final third of the race, Ekström was stuck behind the Mercedes of Daniel Juncadella.

Adrien Tambay in the Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM advanced from grid position 22 to twelfth place. Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM) and Jamie Green (Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM/both Audi Sport Team Rosberg) had to settle for positions 16 and 17. In qualifying, Green had secured a good starting base for the race on clinching position three but stalled at the start, which caused him to hopelessly lose ground.

After second place the day before, Edoardo Mortara was forced to park his Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM early on Sunday following a collision with Timo Glock. For Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM), the race ended in the gravel of turn one after being hit by Mercedes driver Robert Wickens.

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Before the DTM finale at the Hockenheimring on October 17/18, Edoardo Mortara and Mattias Ekström with deficits of 37 and 38 points, respectively, still have a small mathematical chance of intercepting leader of the standings Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes). The decision in the manufacturers’ classification will only be made at Hockenheim as well.

“I’m very happy for Miguel (Molina),” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “His first victory was simply overdue. Having clinched five pole positions, he repeatedly indicated his potential. Today, he was finally spared from suffering misfortune in a race. With a view towards the championship, of course, the way the race went was anything but optimal.”

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Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)
“Audi has won every other DTM race so far this season, celebrating as many victories as BMW and Mercedes-Benz combined. Obviously, it’s disappointing to see that our chances in the Championship before the finale at Hockenheim are now only minimal. But two of our drivers can still win the title and at Hockenheim we’re going to battle up to the very end. The races at the Nürburgring were spectacular and fiercely fought – not only in the DTM, but also in the Audi Sport TT Cup. The fans can already look forward to a great final weekend.”

 

 
 
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Dieter Gass (Head of DTM at Audi Sport)
“Our highlight of the weekend was the superb performance by Miguel (Molina) on Sunday: pole position, fastest race lap and a commanding victory with a 7.5-second advantage – that’s something you very rarely see in the DTM. His first victory was more than overdue. He repeatedly indicated his potential and even clinched the top spot on the grid five times, but then was unfortunate in the races again and again – finally, that wasn’t the case here. Edo’s (Mortara) second place on Saturday was top as well, especially as he had started from fifth place on the grid. With a view towards the Championship, the way the weekend went was obviously anything but optimal. Especially in qualifying, our performance was not as solid as we’d have needed it to be here.”

 

Miguel Molina
Miguel Molina (Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM #17) retirement / position 1
“Today I’m just happy. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time and never gave up despite many setbacks. But this success is also a victory of all the people that believed in me: Audi, my team, my family and many supporters. Obviously, I’m hoping that this was just a start to be followed by many more happy moments in my DTM career.”

 

 

 

 

Edoardo Mortara
Edoardo Mortara (Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM #48) position 2 / retirement
“A weekend with highs and lows. On Saturday, I was the best Audi driver in qualifying and in position two made up ground in the Championship. I enjoyed the race, had many nice duels and lots of fun. On Sunday, it was unfortunately the exact opposite with a poor qualifying session and retirement following an attack by the competition which, in my view, was unnecessary and punished accordingly. Obviously, looking at the table isn’t a real pleasure. But on the other hand, we also saw at the Nürburgring how quickly the tables can turn. So why not again at Hockenheim?”

 

 

Mike Rockenfeller
Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #99) position 11 / position 7
“Miguel (Molina) showed what was possible with the Audi RS 5 DTM at the Nürburgring. Congratulations to him on his first victory. For me, a fifth place was possible on Saturday. Unfortunately, the tussle with Maximilian Götz put a spoke in my wheel. On Sunday, I recovered from twelfth to seventh place which, basically, isn’t that bad – but when you race with the intention of battling for podium places and victories, it’s definitely not a dream result either. Now, we’re hoping for a positive ending of the season at Hockenheim.”

 

 

Jamie Green
Jamie Green (Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM #53) retirement / position 8
“On Saturday, I had a solid qualifying and was thrown out of the race early due to an accident that was not my fault. On Sunday, my qualifying with grid position three was even better. That’s extremely important in the DTM. But unfortunately, I was again unable to convert this into a good result. This time, problems with the parking brake frustrated my start. As a result, I dropped to the end of the field and, to top it off, damaged the front winglets of my car. That additionally impaired my race. All in all, a very frustrating weekend. Now, I’m hoping for the season to end the way it started: with a victory at Hockenheim.”

 

Mattias Ekstrom
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #5) position 10 / position 11
“Congratulations to Miguel (Molina)! He’s a great guy, a quick racer and more than deserves his first victory. As far as I’m concerned, I lost my weekend twice in qualifying. On Saturday, I quickly recovered a few places but was battling with dull weapons following a few tussles. On Sunday, I recovered from position 17 to eleven within just a few turns. Afterwards, I needed a lot of energy and tire substance for the positions I unfortunately lost again during the pit stop stage. There’s no need to sugarcoat anything: this was a messed up weekend at exactly the wrong time. But everyone who knows me knows: I’ll only express congratulations on Sunday night at Hockenheim.”

 

Adrien Tambay
Adrien Tambay (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM #27) position 14 / position 12
“Here at the Nürburgring, we again failed to get back to a decent performance in qualifying. But I won’t give up. I can’t say anything negative about the two races – at least my Audi didn’t get a single scratch. Before the finale, we’re going to take a close look at the data and analyze and tackle every detail. I definitely wouldn’t want to end the season the way I finished here.”

 

 

 

 

Nico Muller
Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM #51) position 16 / position 16
“First of all, huge congratulations to Miguel (Molina). The first victory in a series is always special. I’m happy for him. Unfortunately, my weekend wasn’t so good. The best thing I can say about it is the fact that, following my two most recent retirements, I finally finished twice. But it was a far cry from the positions I’d be wishing for. In contrast to my previous starts, I didn’t do a good job of moving off the grid at all. Obviously, that doesn’t help when you start the race from position 21. Afterwards, my pace was good, and so was the strategy. I was in position 13 when Christian Vietoris forced me off track which cost me four or five positions. That I ultimately recovered to position 16 doesn’t really diminish my disappointment.”

 

Timo Scheider
Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM #10) retirement / retirement
“We had quite a few plans for Phoenix Racing’s home round. But things weren’t going well as early as on Saturday: neither in qualifying nor in the race with the collision I wasn’t at fault in. On Sunday, qualifying went better and I made up a few positions. Unfortunately, Robert Wickens sent me into the gravel trap I wasn’t able to get out of again. So, for me it’s been a pretty bad weekend. But at least Miguel (Molina) clinched his first DTM victory. I sincerely congratulate him on this.”

 

 
 
Arno Zensen
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
“At least with Jamie Green our team was in contention at the very front this weekend. That makes the fact that an accident he wasn’t at fault in on Saturday and a technical issue on Sunday deprived us of possible podium successes even more frustrating. It’s great, though, that Miguel Molina was able to celebrate his first victory. It proves that the Audi RS 5 DTM was again capable of winning at the Nürburgring.”

 

 

 

 

Hans Juergen Abt
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
“In my view, the Sunday this weekend belongs strictly to Miguel Molina. Pole, victory and fastest lap – I’m incredibly happy for him and his whole squad that has always been giving everything for him. He’s not only a good racer, who often suffered misfortune in the past and kept serving the team, but a great person as well. Edo (Mortara) showed a really strong race and a great game on Saturday. Still, with a view towards the Championship standings we have to admit that at Hockenheim we’re going to need a bit of help from the god of racing – and we’d like to earn that with a strong showing.”

 

Ernst Moser
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
“Miguel (Molina) was in a league of his own on Sunday. After so many years and a number of pole positions, he now finally clinched his first victory. Congratulations to him. Unfortunately, our first home victory at the Nürburgring wasn’t in the cards for us. Timo (Scheider) was out of the race early both times. That’s a shame for him. ‘Rocky’ had a good pace in both races, but qualifying is our main problem. We need to intensively work on that now so that we can close the season at Hockenheim with a good performance.”