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Tom Kristensen Knighted
- Danish royal household appoints Le Mans record winner ‘Sir’
- Mike Rockenfeller and Nico Müller inspirational in Cologne
- Timo Scheider racing on two wheels
Ingolstadt, August 10, 2014 – Great honor for Tom Kristensen: Danish Queen Margrethe II knights the Le Mans record winner.
The Danish Queen Margrethe II presented Audi factory driver Tom Kristensen with the Order of the Dannebrog for his merits in sport in Copenhagen. This means that the record winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours has been knighted. “I am very proud,” said Kristensen. “It is a great honor to know that the Royal Family has been following my career and recognizes me as a sportsman and ambassador of Denmark.” In addition to the nine victories at Le Mans and his title in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), the win of the drivers’ classification in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship numbers among his greatest achievements.
Rockenfeller and Müller inspire fans in Cologne
One week before the race at the Nürburgring, the DTM appeared at the official pre-event of the Eifel classic in Cologne. In attendance were the two Audi drivers Nico Müller and Mike Rockenfeller. Rookie Müller busily signed autographs on Saturday and made his usual pleasant impression while being interviewed on stage. Sunday was show time: Mike Rockenfeller crossed the Rhein over the Deutzer Bridge in his Audi RS 5 DTM, and impressed fans and media representatives with smoky donuts.
Two wheels instead of four – Timo Scheider in moped cup
Brief excursion for Timo Scheider in the world of motorcycles: the DTM driver contested the Goscha-Marie-Mofa-Cup in Taldorf for the second time since 2009. He formed one of 50 teams together with his fitness trainer Martin Kiechle. The duo recorded the eighth fastest time in qualifying. Scheider tackled the first half of the subsequent 2-hour race. With 5,000 spectators looking on, the double DTM Champion fought his way up to third place before the frame broke on his moped after 30 minutes. DNF. “A shame. We were well in the running. It was once again great fun to be a part of the event,” said Scheider.
A word from … Ernst Moser
On August 17, the next DTM race is coming up at the Nürburgring. Your Audi Sport Team Phoenix is based in nearby Meuspath – a good omen?
A home round is always a special event and we’re going to try and put an end to Audi’s barren spell in the DTM with our local heroes Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider. The track suits the Audi RS 5 DTM and our drivers have always been strong here. Due to our home advantage we can even prepare a day longer than usual without being in a rush. At the race track, our closest supporters will be cheering us on and that’ll give us additional motivation because, as the saying goes in soccer: “The fans are another player on the pitch.”
What are your fondest personal memories of the Nürburgring?
Obviously, I always like to remember our numerous 24-hour successes. In the DTM, unfortunately, we haven’t managed winning at the Nürburgring yet. In spite of that, I’m proud of our strong showing last year when we spontaneously decided to call ‘Rocky’ into the pits following his spin in order to switch to rain tires. Afterwards, he managed to clinch fourth place.
The weekend before last Phoenix Racing competed in the 24-hour bicycle race at the Nürburgring with two teams. Timo Scheider won and Mike Rockenfeller took a strong seventh place. Does that provide the necessary momentum for the coming DTM race?
Yes it does. Teambuilding activities like these are always great fun and this bicycle race intensified the cohesion of our squad. Regularly strengthening our team spirit is very important to me. That’s why, on Wednesday or Thursday before the DTM race, we’re going to get in the saddle again with our engineers, mechanics and race drivers to ride a few laps in the Eifel region. 40 to 50 kilometers uphill and downhill – that keeps us fit and, in the end, will help us clinch a good DTM result.