Audi's fight for the championship continued at Oschersleben. Below is a details recount, including all press copy, photos and available associated video.

Video: Round 13, Qualifying (Full Session)

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Qualifying: Round 13, Difficulties for Audi
Merely 198 thousandths of a second Miguel Molina in the Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline was short of the top spot in qualifying for the first of the two DTM races at Oschersleben. Still, the Spaniard as the best Audi driver only clinched position nine on the grid.
On Saturday morning, the patience of the DTM fans at the Motorsport Arena was tested. Due to fog the second free practice session was moved from 8.20 to 11.20 and reduced to 25 minutes. Qualifying immediately followed free practice.

The change in schedule had massive consequences for the leader of the standings. Following a minor slip in free practice, Mattias Ekström’s Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM had to be repaired in the area of the front section. After the successful repair, the Swede was able to start qualifying halfway through the session but, following a flying lap, immediately returned to the pits. “Due to an electronic issue the transmission couldn’t be shifted anymore,” said Ekström. The DTM’s parc fermé rules prevented a repair and relegated Ekström to the rear of the field. “That’s an extreme shame after my mechanics had once more done such a tremendous job.”
Following the qualifying session, the mechanics of Ekström’s teammate Miguel Molina had some additional work to do as well. After having set his fastest lap, the Spaniard slipped off track and touched the guard rails. “I only got off track with one wheel but on the wet grass there was no stopping,” said Molina. His teammate Edoardo Molina Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM is joining him on the fifth row of the grid for the first race at 14.55.

Video: Round 13, Race Highlights

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Race: Round 13, Tough Day for AudiThe first of the two DTM races at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben ended in disappointment for Audi: only Miguel Molina in ninth place scored two points on Saturday.
Following seven victories in the first twelve races, the Audi drivers this weekend have to start with high additional weights which, according to Audi Sport simulations, cost up to six tenths of a second compared to the lightest cars in the field. The consequence: Molina in ninth place was the best Audi driver in qualifying. This was the position the Spaniard in the Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline retained in the race as well. “More was simply not possible today,” said Molina. “Still, the two points are a nice reward for my mechanics who managed to repair my car in time for the race following my accident in qualifying. I’d like to thank them for that!”

Hopes for a better result for the brand with the four rings ended just seconds after the start. In turn one, the tussles typical for Oschersleben ensued, in which the Audi RS 5 DTM cars of Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM), Edoardo Mortara (Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM), Jamie Green (Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM) and Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM) were heavily damaged. All four Audi drivers returned to the pits early during the race in order to give their mechanics more time to prepare the cars for race two on Sunday.

Timo Scheider in the AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM on his return to the DTM advanced from grid position 19 to twelfth place. Adrien Tambay in the Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM finished the race in 17th place.
Following an electronic issue on his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM in qualifying, Mattias Ekström had to start the race from the last row on the grid. From position 23, the Swede recovered to 14th place and in the overall standings is now trailing Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein by four points. In the manufacturers’ classification, Audi maintained the lead on Saturday by a narrow margin ahead of BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

“We knew that due to the performance weights we’d be having a very tough time here,” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “When you start from midfield, you’re obviously in a very vulnerable position – especially here at Oschersleben. We could see that again today. The only consolation is that we’re reducing weight. But this won’t have an effect until the next race weekend at the Nürburgring.”

Video: Round 14, Qualifying (Full Session)

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Stuck Enthralled by Audi RS 5 DTM
Even at the age of 64, Hans-Joachim Stuck still has the capacity of being thrilled to pieces. The 1990 DTM Champion had the opportunity to drive the Audi RS 5 DTM at Oschersleben.
25 years after his title win with Audi, the president of the German Motorsport Association (DMSB) was at the wheel of a modern DTM race car for the first time. “Simply incredible,” beamed ‘Strietzel’ following his first laps in the RS 5 DTM at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. “If I had a hundred thumbs, all of them would be pointing upwards today. I wouldn’t have imagined a modern DTM car to be so impressive. Really fascinating!”

Stuck had won the DTM in 1990 in the production-based Audi V8 quattro and raced GT3 cars before the end of his career. For Phoenix Racing, the former World Sports Car Champion periodically takes guests around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in the Audi R8 LMS. “That’s a lot of fun as well but the step from a GT3 car to the DTM is bigger than I thought. You can feel the enormous downforce. This means you have to press your buttocks together quite a bit. Bringing the tires and brakes up to operating temperature isn’t easy. But once everything’s warm, the Audi RS 5 DTM is really nice to drive. Just a little more power output wouldn’t hurt.”
After getting used to the DTM car, Stuck chauffeured guests of Audi’s around the circuit during the DTM at Oschersleben on Sunday – including his wife Uschi. “For me, this weekend was like an early Christmas,” said the German who lives in Austria. I’m very thankful to Audi for this.”
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Race: Round 14, Hard-Fought Points for Audi
A meager amount of points scored, but a more effective ‘weight diet’ for Audi in the DTM: Following the two races at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the Audi RS 5 DTM cars will be allowed to unload weight for the final spurt in the thrilling battle for the title.
After having clinched seven victories in the first 12 races, the Audi drivers had to compete with high additional weights at Oschersleben. Following Miguel Molina’s ninth place on Saturday, Jamie Green in the Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg in position eight was the best Audi driver.

“This was one of the best races in my career,” said the Briton who had battled his way into the points from grid position 14 with remarkable overtaking maneuvers. “The quick pit stop was another key to scoring points. ‘Thank you’ to my team!”

During his overtaking maneuvers in the early stage, Green had the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM of Mattias Ekström in tow. Ekström, after starting from position 18, finished in eleventh place. The Swede remained without points twice at Oschersleben and is now trailing Pascal Wehrlein by 14 points in second place of the drivers’ standings. But he will have a lighter car than his fiercest rival in the battle for the title for the first time again at the Nürburgring in two weeks from now.

“All of our drivers are now allowed to unload between 7.5 and ten kilograms,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “We need to make optimum use of this at the Nürburgring. Here at Oschersleben, we were with our back against the wall due to the performance weights. That’s hard to digest, but that’s how the rules are in the DTM this year. We’re very happy that this weekend is behind us and are looking ahead.”
Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM), Adrien Tambay (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM) and Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM) finished Sunday’s race at Oschersleben in positions twelve, 14 and 19. Edoardo Mortara parked his Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM early after 21 laps, following damage to his car in the starting phase. For Miguel Molina (Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM) and Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM) the race ended early in the commotion in turn one when Mercedes driver Christian Vietoris hit Molina’s rear wheel and Müller was only able to evade them by an excursion into the gravel trap.

The next DTM weekend is coming up soon, at the Nürburgring from September 25 to 27.

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Quotes

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport)
“We’d have liked to show the many spectators at Oschersleben more than ninth place on Saturday and eighth place on Sunday. Due to the weight situation it was a rough weekend for our whole squad that worked as hard as always. Now we need to forget about Oschersleben and fully concentrate on the Nürburgring. In terms of weight, we’re finally going to be battling on a near-equal footing again with our competitors there. Our title chances are still intact. We’re facing a thrilling final spurt in the DTM.”

 
 
 
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Dieter Gass (Head of DTM at Audi Sport)
“All of our drivers will now be able to unload between 7.5 and ten kilograms. We need to make optimum use of that at the Nürburgring. Here at Oschersleben, we were with our back against the wall due to the performance weights. That’s hard to digest, but that’s the way the rules are in the DTM this year. We’re very happy that this weekend is behind us and are looking ahead.”

 

 

 
 
Jamie Green
Jamie Green (Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM #53) retirement / position 8
“Even though I was racing a little outside the limelight, Sunday’s race has been one of the best in my career. Like all Audi drivers, I was struggling with the high performance weights on board. Still, I worked my way through the field and, from position 13, made up five places. Although I lost one of the front winglets in the starting tussle, which cost me some downforce at the front, I managed two successful maneuvers against Spengler and Vietoris. In addition, my team delivered a superb pit stop, which no doubt played a crucial part as well in scoring points. Now we can reduce some weight, which should be helping us in the final spurt for the title.”

 

Miguel Molina
Miguel Molina (Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM #17) position 9 / retirement
“For me personally, it was obviously a nice feeling to be the best Audi driver in both qualifying sessions. Our score in the races could have been better. More points would have been possible. Especially the quick retirement on Sunday due to the tussle in turn one was a shame. But I’m looking ahead: I like the Nürburgring and am ready to attack there again.”

 

 

 

 

Mattias Ekstrom
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #5) position 14 / position 11
“Even in my 15th year in the DTM, I keep experiencing new things. Here at Oschersleben, for instance, I can find a positive for the first time in my career in not having scored a single point. Because that means I can unload ten kilos of success ballast for the next weekend, which will give me the chance to attack the competition again. Our RS 5 DTM is a strong car and fast on all tracks. So, we’ve got everything it takes to strike back at the Nürburgring. We’re going to keep our cool and our concentration and are hoping for two race days without any special incidents or changeable weather.”

 

Timo Scheider
Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM #10) position 12 / position 12
“Oschersleben was a mini comeback for me which, after the difficult weeks, was preying on my mind. I’m happy that I managed to pull of the weekend as well as I did. The two qualifying sessions weren’t perfect. That’s something we need to work on. That I was fast in both races is a positive. We can build on that and see what we can still do better in order to finish the last two DTM weekends of the year as successfully as possible.”

 

 

 

Adrien Tambay
Adrien Tambay (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM #27) position 17 / position 14
“There’s not much to say about my Oschersleben weekend. I had two races without any special incidents and a good pit stop on Sunday – it’s just that speed was missing all the time. I’m hoping for us to find something before the Nürburgring and do better again there.”

 

 

 

 

 

Mike Rockenfeller
Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #99) retirement / position 19
“The weekend can be summed up quickly: forget about it and look ahead. We knew before that we’d be having a hard time with our weight at Oschersleben. My car was pretty good, but with such a high weight you’ve simply got no chance at Oschersleben. My qualifying performance on Sunday and the quickest pit stop in the second race were positives. Now I’m looking forward to our home round at the Nürburgring.”

 

 

 

Edoardo Mortara
Edoardo Mortara (Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM #48) retirement / retirement
“Obviously, after a weekend with two retirements, it’s hard to find any positive aspects. These two race days were no doubt an exceptional situation before we return to somewhat normal conditions at the Nürburgring. I’m expecting all three brands to be close together there and that the fans can look forward to seeing some thrilling duels. The track has always suited me well. That’s why I want to be in contention at the front no matter what.”

 

 

 

Nico Muller
Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM #51) retirement / retirement
“Due to the weight situation we didn’t travel to Oschersleben with really high expectations – but I wouldn’t have minded seeing the checkered flag. Instead, I retired early due to two incidents I was not at fault in. On Sunday, that was particularly frustrating because I made a good start. But days like these just happen. We’re going to forget about this now and are determined to attack again in the final spurt.”
 

 

 

 

Arno Zensen
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
“Three times we lost cars due to accidents in turn one that weren’t our fault – that’s quite a blow. But Jamie Green’s strong race on Sunday is more than consolation. I think I’ve never before been so happy about four points. Jamie recovered from position 13 to eighth place and defended it across several laps up to the finish against a clearly lighter rival who, to top it off, was able to use DRS. With that, he proved his class once more.”

 

 

 

Hans Juergen Abt
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
“For us the weekend at Oschersleben had been billed as ‘limiting damage.’ At least we managed to do that to some extent. Mattias (Ekström) has lost the overall lead, but on the next weekend at the Nürburgring will be lighter for instance than his rival Pascal Wehrlein for the first time this season. So, the fans can look forward to two races in which our drivers will finally be battling with similar weapons again. Compliments to my whole squad that isn’t disheartened even in rough times and always remains positive. Now we’re going to focus on preparing for our next race and then leave no stone unturned to recapture the lead of the standings in the Eifel.”

 

 

Ernst Moser
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
“In view of the weights on board of our Audi cars we’d been expecting a difficult weekend, but in reality it was even tougher than we thought it would be. Now we need to analyze why that was the case. That we’ll be lighter for our team’s home round at the Nürburgring is a positive. We’re set on attacking again there and supporting Audi with a good performance in the battle for the title.”