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Mike Rockenfeller Relies on Biturbo TDI
DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller on Wednesday received his new Audi A6 Avant TDI painted in moonlight blue metallic. “After driving a very fast gasoline-powered car I’m now looking forward to the 313-hp 3.0 TDI biturbo,” admits the professional race driver, who celebrated his greatest successes with Audi in cars with both types of power-plants. In 2013, ‘Rocky’ won the DTM title in the Audi RS 5 DTM, while on clinching the Le Mans victory in 2010 and the LMS title in 2008 he relied on TDI engines. Rockenfeller, who lives in Switzerland, took possession of his A6 Avant at the Audi dealership AMAG Kreuzlingen on Lake Constance (fuel consumption combined: 6.3 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 166 g/km).
Audi RS 5 DTM as 2,000-Part Lego Model
About 4,000 components are necessary to assemble an Audi RS 5 DTM. For the Lego replica of Miguel Molina’s DTM race car, the Hungarian Audi fan Máté Lipkovics used an amazing 2,000 elements. The engineer spent a total of 168 hours on his project of making the copy that was finished in time for the DTM comeback in his home town of Budapest. At the invitation of Audi Sport, Lipkovic visited the third round of the season and presented his Lego model of the Audi RS 5 DTM in front of the original race car.
Demo Laps by the 24 Hour Race Winners at Norisring
Before the start of the DTM race, the spectators at the Norisring experienced the winning cars of this year’s 24-hour races at Le Mans and the Nürburgring in action. Marcel Fässler piloted the Audi R18 e-tron quattro with which Audi clinched its 13th victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours. René Rast was at the wheel of the Audi R8 LMS ultra that had triumphed at the Nürburgring last weekend. Visitors also had the opportunity to marvel at duplicates of the two winning cars in the paddock at the Norisring.
Mike Rockenfeller Visits Partner Schaeffler
On his way to the Norisring, Mike Rockenfeller stopped in Herzogenaurach. Following interview and autograph sessions for the employees, the reigning DTM Champion met with ambitious next-generation motorsport professionals. More than 100 Formula Student participants had accepted Schaeffler’s invitation and discussed the challenges of motorsport on and off the track in a workshop with ‘Rocky,’ his team boss Ernst Moser and performance engineer Chris van Rutten.
Ice Hockey Champions Experience DTM Live at Norisring Round
Patrick Köppchen and Timo Pielmeier caught a whiff of DTM air for two days. The two players of the new German Ice Hockey Champion ERC Ingolstadt visited the Audi squad at the Norisring and kept their fingers crossed for the drivers during qualifying and the race following an intense experience of the fascination exuded by the DTM during a taxi ride in the Audi RS 5 DTM. The chauffeur of the two stars on skates was factory driver Lucas di Grassi, who is part of Audi’s WEC line-up and celebrated his premiere in the race taxi in Nuremberg.
Q&A: Edoardo Mortara
You barely missed the podium at Budapest. After such a thrilling race, does even a fourth place feel like a small victory?
No, victory or a podium position with a trophy, are altogether different. But of course I’m happy about having advanced from twelfth to fourth place. Today, more would have been possible – now we’re going to take time out to look at why it didn’t work out.
Particularly your duel with Timo Glock caused a stir. How did you experience this two-way battle?
I had rough duels with Timo on several other occasions in the past. In most cases, he was the one to start them and I countered. Maybe I was a bit more aggressive today but, after all, we were battling for a podium place. I’m not particularly upset if he’s unhappy. I’d always fight in the same way again.
The first three races at two-week intervals are over. What is your interim assessment?
Very positive, because I was in the top four on all three weekends. I feel very comfortable in this squad. We’re having a great time and are successful. Still, we mustn’t slacken our pace: we’re seeing how strong the competition is and are set on making up this small gap as quickly as possible.
Now there is a four-week summer break until the Norisring. Have you already got plans?
Yes, a whole lot. There’s quite a bit to do on my house and I’d also like to focus my attention a bit more closely on my sushi restaurant in Geneva. Not only on the race weekends but also aside from motorsport I’m totally happy at the moment and enjoying my days – especially when it means being able to look forward to a highlight like Audi’s home round.
Q&A: Jamie Green
You didn’t extend your impressive tally of four victories. Are you happy with the result anyhow?
Yes, because it was definitely a step in the right direction. When the track began to dry a little Robert (Wickens) was simply a bit faster. That’s why second place is okay. And, more importantly, this was my first podium place with the Rosberg team, which makes this success even sweeter. The squad works hard and more than deserves this trophy.
Your race started with a moment of shock when your Audi RS 5 DTM and Paul Di Resta’s car touched …
That was a really bad start of the race for both of us. He had a somewhat peculiar line, which surprised me. Of course I didn’t want to overtake him but, unfortunately, I still touched him. The subsequent laps were horrible for me because I kept wondering if I’d get a penalty for the incident. Fortunately, it was still enough for the podium.
There’s not much time for a breather. Are you looking forward to Moscow?
Yes, very much. Following our home race in Nuremberg, the trip to Moscow is like a small adventure. The distances from the airport to the hotel and to the race track are long and a bit difficult to travel, a lot of things are different from what we may be used to at German races – but I like the country and the huge enthusiasm of the fans.
And with respect to the race?
The track should be suiting our car even though we’re going to drive the long configuration this year. It’ll be a premiere for all of us, except for my team-mate Nico (Müller), who raced in a single-seater there before. At any rate, it’ll be an exciting event.