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Motorsport News Roundup: DTM


Timo Scheider Contests Rallycross in Audi S3
[source: Audi Sport]
Following Mattias Ekström and Markus Winkelhock, another Audi driver is making a foray into rallycross. Between the two DTM weekends at Oschersleben and at the Nürburgring Timo Scheider will be running as a guest in the World Rallycross Championship on September 19 and 20. At the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, the two-time DTM Champion will be competing in an Audi S3 RX Supercar of the German privateer team ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.

 

Hans-Joachim Stuck ‘Back to the Roots’ in DTM Taxi
[source: Audi Sport]
The 1990 champion is returning to the race track: Hans-Joachim Stuck will be driving the race taxi for Audi during the seventh DTM race weekend at Oschersleben. And it won’t be just any taxi, but the RS 5 DTM sporting the retro design in which Mattias Ekström contested the races at the Norisring in late June. The 25th anniversary of Audi’s first Norisring victory had been the occasion to inspire the change in livery. The driver at the wheel of the victorious V8 quattro in 1990: Hans-Joachim Stuck.

 

Nico Müller Visits Audi quattro Cup
[source: Audi Sport]
Last week, DTM driver Nico Müller visited the German finale of the Audi quattro Cup on the outskirts of Berlin. Together with Johannes Polgar from AUDI AG he presented the trophy to the winners of the golf tournament. The two winning teams prevailed against a total of 260 finalists and will travel to the world finale in Mexico at the end of November. There the overall winners of the Audi quattro Cup that celebrates its 25th season this year will be determined. The five days of the German finale at the Nick Faldo Course were not only centered on the golf ball. Instructed by professional sailors, Audi offered the participants an Audi Sailing Experience on the Scharmützelsee lake as well.

 

Audi drivers discover Moscow
[source: Audi Sport]
Before the DTM’s visit to Moscow Raceway, the Audi drivers had the opportunity to become more familiar with Russia’s capital. At the invitation of Audi Russia and its chief, Achim Saurer, the race drivers also met with members of the media to get them in the mood for the DTM’s third appearance in Moscow. Youngster Nico Müller subsequently had a special task to perform. The winner of the Nürburgring 24-hour race presented the new Audi R8 to the journalists and VIP guests – including a brief demo drive with donuts.

 

Sergei Afanasiev in Audi RS 5 DTM race taxi
[source: Audi Sport]
After Roman Rusinov had driven the Audi RS 5 DTM race taxi at Moscow Raceway last year, another local hero performed these driving duties this time. Sergei Afanasiev (27) from Moscow, who is competing in the 2015 TCR touring car series, chauffeured guests of Audi’s around the 3.931-kilometer circuit. Audi’s guests at the DTM’s round in Russia included Nikita Misyulya. The Russian junior driver contests the Audi Sport TT Cup.

 

Q&A: Mattias Ekstrom Following Moscow Round of DTM
[source: Audi Sport]
The Swede is leading the DTM drivers’ standings and currently has a busy schedule.

The DTM weekend in Moscow had quite a bit to offer: retirement in the first race and then your fifth podium this season, plus the lead of the drivers’ standings. How would you sum up the event?

It’s great that we’re contesting two races again on a DTM weekend this year. Following my excursion into the tire stack on Saturday, it allowed me to make up for this poor result by taking third place just a day later. The result and the lead of the standings speak for themselves, but there are still six more races coming up. The crucial part is who will be in front in the end.

Next week, you’re traveling to Oschersleben. What are your expectations?

I’m very much looking forward to the two races. In April, we did a DTM test at Oschersleben and I had a very good feeling. It’s a track where you drive a totally different set-up than in most other races – more on curbs, a little wilder, all-out attack. The complete opposite of Moscow where everything is flat and without bumps.

Your excitement notwithstanding, you have a pretty busy schedule at the moment. In addition to the DTM, commitments in the World Rallycross Championship are on your agenda. Seven consecutive weekends of racing. How do you cope with that?

Quite simply: I’m living my dream. Racing is tremendous fun for me, especially if I can do it in the DTM and in rallycross. There’s nothing better than this combination. I look forward to my little S1 in the World Rallycross Championship every time. And when I return to the DTM I notice that I keep getting better because my stress level behind the wheel is clearly lower due to my experiences from rallycross. Consequently, I can enjoy my time in the Audi RS 5 DTM a lot more and clinch better results.

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