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Audi Sport News Update: DTM

Timo Scheider guest at ISPO
Audi factory driver Timo Scheider was a guest at the VIP gala of ISPO, the world’s leading trade fair for sports articles in Munich on Tuesday night. The two-time DTM Champion was sitting at the same dinner table with space jumper Felix Baumgartner. “It was exciting to listen to his stories and to find out a lot more details about this project,” said Scheider. As Baumgartner and Scheider are almost neighbors at Lake Constance they made plans for some joint activities this summer. “But I won’t be doing a free fall from outer space. I’m not the right kind of guy for that,” Scheider added with a laugh.

Abt squad honored for best pit stops
While the four racers of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline did not enter their names on the winners’ lists as a matter exception in 2012 the mechanics in the pit lane topped those of all other teams by a wide margin. For the quickest pit stops throughout the season, the Kempten-based squad was recognized with the “Best Pit Stop Award” by tire partner Hankook this weekend. The presentation of the trophy was followed by a team evening including a hike in the dark with torches and sledge rides in the Oberjoch region organized by Hankook as a reward.

DTM stars meet with sport stars
1,800 invited guests – including the two Audi factory drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider – attended the 43rd “Ball of Sport” celebration hosted by the German Sport Aid Foundation in Wiesbaden. Together with fellow racers from the DTM they showed sport stars such as fencing Olympic gold medalist Britta Heidemann and star gymnast Fabian Hambüchen how to change the wheels on a DTM car during the gala. At several activity stations, with instructions provided by top-caliber athletes, the two drivers had the opportunity to personally try out sports like archery, curling or hockey. The guests at the charity event then went on to party at the “DTM Race Club” until the early morning hours.

Victory on ice
Audi factory driver Adrien Tambay’s foray into the “Trophée Andros Electrique” ended in a victory at the finale in Super Besse. For the youngster from the DTM, this marked an amazing third success in the French ice racing series for electric vehicles. In the overall standings, Tambay finished as the runner-up with a score of 340 points and seven podium places at 13 rounds. “The ice racing series was a very good way of spending the winter,” said the 21-year-old. “The races are a lot of fun and good practice in terms of vehicle control. I’ll profit from that in the DTM too.”

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