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Audi A5 Coupé as DTM special-edition model
Audi is celebrating the DTM title of Mike Rockenfeller with the ‘A5 DTM Champion’ special-edition model that is limited to 300 vehicles and can be ordered as of October 21. Attractive extras emphasize the individuality of the special edition. DTM logos on the door step, the fenders and the side skirts add accentuating touches. The fixed rear wing painted in the vehicle’s color and outside mirrors sporting an aluminum look are other special features. 20-inch aluminum cast wheels with a 5-V-spoke design complement the special package that sells for 1,900.00 euros. The special-edition model is available with four different engines: 2.0 TDI (130 kW/177 hp), 3.0 TDI (180 kW/245 hp), 2.0 TFSI (165 kW/225 hp) and 3.0 TFSI (200 kW/272 hp).
Ekström in top ten at Bathurst
Exciting change for Audi factory driver Mattias Ekström: Together with his DTM colleague Andy Priaulx the Swede competed in the ‘Bathurst 1000,’ the season finale of the Australian V8 Supercars Series, for Team Xbox One Racing. The duo tackled the touring car classic at Mount Panorama Circuit from grid position 18. During the race the two seasoned campaigners were even in the group of the front runners some of the time and, after a little over six hours, crossed the finish line in tenth place. Next weekend, both will be contesting the DTM season finale at Hockenheim.
Surprise for the DTM Champion
Alpinestars, a partner of Audi Sport in the DTM and in the WEC, surprised Mike Rockenfeller at Hockenheim on the occasion of his title win in the DTM with racing shoes and gloves sporting the distinctive yellow-green colors of his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM. Eduardo Munoz from Alpinestars presented the new DTM Champion with the customized products at Hockenheim which ‘Rocky’ wore on starting into the DTM finale.
Prominent guests visit Audi at Hockenheim
The DTM finale at Hockenheim again attracted guests from other sports and show business to the race track. Wotan Wilke Möhring aka Police Inspector Thorsten Falke from the ARD TV series ‘Tatort’ (‘Crime Scene’) had enjoyed the season opener so much that he visited Audi again at the finale. Other guests of the four rings included Shotput World Champion David Storl and decathlete Michael Schrader. At Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Soccer World Champion Andreas Brehme and actor Fritz Wepper were on the guest list. Audi Sport Team Rosberg was visited by Cross-Country Mountain Bike World Champion Lukas Baum and German Hill Climb Time Trial Champion Wolfram Kurschat.
Schaeffler employees celebrate DTM Champion ‘Rocky’
A large crowd at the site of the Schaeffler Group’s subsidiary LuK in Bühl: During an employee activity the brand new DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller and his team boss Ernst Moser from Audi Sport Team Phoenix thanked Audi’s partner Schaeffler and its workforce for their support in the past two years. The two motorsports men passed out posters, stickers, caps and, naturally, plenty of autographs.
Control center in the cockpit
Like any production car the Audi RS 5 DTM has a center console equipped with various controls as well. At the Audi Technology round table at the Hockenheimring, Stefan Aicher, Head of Engineering Vehicle at Audi Sport, explained the functions of the total of 17 switches. Among others, they are used to operate the ignition, ventilation, windshield heater, turn signal and reverse gear. Furthermore, a rotary control allows the driver to scroll through the six-page menu of the digital display. The controls on the center console complement the more frequently used switches on the steering wheel, the number of which is limited to ten by the regulations.
DTM Champion drives through the Neckarsulm plant
With the new DTM Champion driving his Championship winning car through the plant in Neckarsulm the site will be celebrating Mike Rockenfeller’s title win in the popular touring car racing series next Wednesday. The drive of the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM across the plant’s premises will start on the Piazza of the Audi Forum at 11:00. Afterward, the new DTM Champion will be signing autographs.
Sean Edwards fatally injured
News of another death shocks motorsport: 26-year old Sean Edwards was fatally injured while riding as passenger in a Porsche during a test in Australia. Edwards was regularly seen in action at the wheel of the Audi race taxi during DTM events and thus a familiar member of the Audi Motorsport family. Audi Sport is deeply shocked and extends its sincerest condolences to family and friends of the young Briton.
Podium place for Scheider in Crash Challenge
At the ninth running of the TV total Stock Car Crash Challenge on channel ProSieben, Timo Scheider managed to mount the podium in his class. In front of thousands of enthusiastic fans, the two-time DTM Champion competed in the category of vehicles up to 3,000 cc at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen. On the gravel road course, he scored 325 points within two rounds and thus only had to admit defeat to winner Joey Kelly (470 points) and runner-up Christian Clerici (370).
Sad news from Spain
The motorsport world mourns María de Villota, who was found dead in a hotel in Seville at the only 33 years of age. The Spanish race driver drove Audi guests around the track in an Audi A4 DTM race taxi and an Audi R8 when Barcelona played host to the DTM in 2008, and has been a part of the Audi motorsport family since then, even though she never contested a race for Audi. The shock sits correspondingly deep at Audi Sport, the DTM teams and among the drivers who have her family in their thoughts.
Mike Rockenfeller brings Bayern’s basketball players good luck
Mike Rockenfeller’s excursion to the Audi Dome apparently brought good luck to the basketball players of FC Bayern München. Together with Audi CEO Rupert Stadler and other prominent fans such as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Uli Hoeneß the DTM Champion cheered the Bavarians on in the top game against the German Championship winning team from Bonn and watched a well-deserved 84-74 victory of the home team. Afterward, Rockenfeller presented the best player’s award to Nihad Djedovic. The race driver’s Audi RS 5 DTM was displayed in front of the sold-out Audi Dome.
Timo Scheider meets Samuel Koch
It was a meeting that both immensely enjoyed: Samuel Koch, who suffered an accident on the TV Show “Wetten, dass..?” (“You Bet!”) about three years ago and has been confined to a wheel chair ever since, attended a DTM race for the first time at Hockenheim where he met Timo Scheider as well. The Audi driver has been an ambassador of the “Wings for Life” foundation that is dedicated to spinal cord research. On the agenda: a joint interview for the fans for starters, followed by a photo session on the start-finish straight. Koch watched race in the garage of Timo Scheider.
Timo Scheider tackles grueling ride for charity
No holiday for Timo Scheider. The Audi driver spent October 3, the ‘Day of German Unity,’ on a bicycle. The two-time DTM Champion, together with around 1,000 entrants, competed in the Charity Bike Cup in Ditzingen to raise funds for a good cause. In the saddle as well were celebrities such as ‘Tagesschau’ evening news anchorman Marc Bator, Germany’s sprint star André Greipel and beach volleyball Olympic gold medalist Jonas Reckermann. Scheider completed the 140-kilometer distance in four and a half hours and thus finished directly behind the pack of front runners.