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Audi is experiencing a strong weekend. Following the DTM title win by Mike Rockenfeller, Audi has now clinched the DTM team classification and the Manufacturers’ World Champion’s title in the WEC. Audi can no longer be deprived of the WEC drivers’ Championship anymore either. Your personal feelings on this race Sunday?
“This has been a brilliant year for Audi, both in sports car racing and in the touring cars. Never before have we clinched the DTM, the Le Mans 24 Hours plus a World Champion’s title in a single season. On a personal note, I’m also happy about having achieved such a special season result with the squad in my 20th year as Head of Audi Motorsport.”
Just a year ago, the picture wasn’t quite as clear. Why are your teams so strong this year?
“We rigorously learned from last year and intensively analyzed the things that went less than perfectly last year. We made subsequent improvements in the areas where this was possible. This work has paid off.”
In the WEC, the competition will even become fiercer next year on Porsche’s entry. Will Audi continue to be in contention for victory in the WEC and at Le Mans in 2014?
“It’s our aim to again get a car off the ground that makes it possible for us to win. Our drivers and the team have gathered a wealth of experience. We’re going to leave no stone unturned to continue to be successful in endurance racing in the future.”
The DTM has experienced a thrilling finale at Hockenheim in which all three manufacturers were battling for victory – a pre-taste of 2014?
“Absolutely. Yet again, we could see that nothing’s impossible in the DTM. Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz offer the spectators a great show. All three manufacturers are going to work hard in the winter – and I already suspect that on the first weekend in May at Hockenheim it’ll again be about hundredths and thousandths. That’s simply what the DTM is all about. We’re not going to rest on the laurels of our success at Audi Sport. After just barely missing the manufacturers’ title, there’s at least one piece of unfinished business …”