Press release

Ingolstadt, 2012-02-26

Motorsport Newsletter 07/2012: Motorsport with Audi for a good cause

  • Charitable commitment accompanies Bathurst 12 Hours
  • Miguel Molina has zest for duathlon
  • Rahel Frey looks forward to second DTM season

The Bathurst 12 Hours were not only marked by the sporting competition. The drivers and the Australian importer convincingly proved their social commitment on the fringes of the Bathurst 12 Hours as well.

Support for young people: Audi Australia supports the “Mission Australia” campaign for greater equal opportunity. An extensive Christmas activity ten weeks ago was now followed by an invitation to the 12-hour race at Bathurst. Eight young motorsport fans visited Audi Sport customer racing at Mount Panorama, had an exclusive opportunity to meet the drivers and received an individual peek behind the scenes during a guided tour of the pits.

Human gesture: Christer Jöns, Christopher Mies and Darryl O’Young proved their generosity after achieving the fastest time in qualifying for the Bathurst 12 Hours. They donated the 5,000 Australian dollars of prize money received for their top performance from sponsor Armor All for the local “Project Patrick” initiative. 16-year-old Patrick Inwood from Bathurst is in need of an organ transplant. The operation scheduled for March 1st and associated care imposes a high financial burden on his family.

Sporting achievement: Audi factory driver Miguel Molina contested his second duathlon on Sunday. The Spaniard first covered a 7-kilometer running distance in Porqueres near Girona, followed by 15 kilometers on a mountain bike and another three and a half kilometer-run.

Lasting impression: No less than 524 guests of Audi Australia were sitting as a single group in a stand at the Bathurst 12 Hours on Sunday. With everyone wearing identical Audi caps, they left a lasting visual impression. In addition, 110 customers, brand partners, employees of the company and partner organizations had been invited. The Australian TV presenter Steve Pizzati provided supreme entertainment. Rides in the Audi R8 LMS race taxi and the sporty production models TT RS and S3 Sportback alongside the racers thrilled the guests as well.

A word from ... Rahel Frey

Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich has said that he expects you to be capable of causing surprises in your second DTM season. Do you share his assessment?
“I’m hoping to be able to fulfill his expectations. In any event, I’m very happy that Dr. Ullrich and Audi are giving me the opportunity to prove myself in the DTM. Last year, I jumped into pretty cold water. Before my first DTM race I only had two tests and during the season I hardly had any chance of testing either. I’ve had plenty of opportunity now to make up for that in the winter, which has tremendously helped me. I’ve got a lot more driving practice now and am sure that this will pay off. But one shouldn’t forget that the DTM is still the DTM and that the air in this series is extremely thin.”

You’re running for Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline this year. How were you received by the Abt squad?
“With extreme warmth. I’ve known most of them pretty well from the past season because we’re really a big family at Audi and all three teams are closely working together in the DTM. I’ve already paid a visit to my new team in Kempten as well. I was given a very friendly welcome and am impressed with what I saw there. At the last track tests Alex Stehlig, Mattias Ekström’s engineer, took a lot of his time out for me. We practiced starts together, for example. I’ve got the feeling that the people at Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline are doing everything they can to make it possible for us to be successful together.”

Have you been able to test the new Audi A5 DTM yet?
“Yes I have. Every one of the seven drivers has been involved in the development from the outset. That, too, is a great feeling because all of us are treated equally. You can’t take that for granted in motorsport. I expect to be driving the new Audi A5 DTM in its final form for the first time at the ITR test in Valencia. I’m really excited about that, the car simply looks great. The engineers from Audi Sport again had good ideas.”

Coming up next week

Feb 29 Munich (D), Presentation of the Audi hybrid sports car
Mar 04 Adelaide (AUS), Round 1 Australian GT Championship

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