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Ingolstadt, 2012-08-19

Motorsport Newsletter 32/2012: DTM exhibition opened in Ingolstadt

  • Timo Scheider in Audi V8 quattro
  • Positions four and five in GT1 World Championship
  • Many PR commitments for Rahel Frey

Race touring cars from more than 20 years will be on display at the Audi museum mobile in Ingolstadt until October 31 for visitors to marvel at.

Opening of exhibition: Timo Scheider opened the DTM exhibition billed as “Gute Zeiten” (“Good Times”) at the Audi museum mobile in Ingolstadt with a lively performance. On Tuesday, visitors were treated to a genuine feeling of the DTM atmosphere when the two-time champion at the wheel of an Audi V8 quattro did a few laps on the Piazza in front of the museum. Through October 31, race touring cars from more than 20 years, including the rare Class 1 Audi 80 quattro DTM from 1993 that never ran in a race, can be admired at the museum.

Points in the GT1 World Championship: At the sixth round of the FIA GT1 World Championship season at the Slovakia-Ring, the Audi racers scored points. In the qualification race on Saturday, Stéphane Ortelli and Laurens Vanthoor in the Audi R8 LMS ultra took fifth place. After Vanthoor had dropped from fourth to eighth place at the start, the duo recovered to position five. A pit stop that took longer because a wheel nut could not be loosened cost them a better final place. Their team-mates Oliver Jarvis and Frank Stippler were represented in the group of front runners in the early phase but forced to retire after a puncture. In the main race on Sunday, Stippler/Jarvis and Vanthoor/Ortelli took positions four and five.

Double victory: At rounds five and six of the Audi R8 LMS Cup at Ordos, China, Marchy Lee was the superior racer. The driver from Hong Kong secured the pole position and celebrated a commanding double victory.

Podium in Japan: The Chinese Jeffrey Lee and the Swiss Alexandre Imperatori finished the seventh round of the GT Asia Series at Suzuka, Japan, in the Audi R8 LMS ultra in third place. In the second race, the Audi drivers achieved fifth place. With that, Lee, whose regular partner Marchy Lee was unable to run due to a commitment in the Audi R8 LMS Cup at Ordos, advanced to third place in the championship.

Hot laps: Foil-fencer Peter Joppich, who won the bronze medal with the team at the Olympic Games in London, experienced the Nürburgring last weekend as a passenger in the Audi DTM race taxi as did the two freestyle skiers Marwin Schwarz and Marina Kaffka.

Barbecue evening: A nice gesture by Mike Rockenfeller. Before the DTM race at the Nürburgring, the driver from Audi Sport Team Phoenix invited his squad for a barbecue evening in his home town Neuwied – a tractor tour with a covered wagon in tow included. Also among the guests was his team-mate Miguel Molina.  

Guest from rally racing: Sébastien Ogier, who competes in the World Rally Championship for Volkswagen, watched the DTM race at the Nürburgring at the garage of his fellow countryman Adrien Tambay.

Ring party: During the DTM race at the Nürburgring, quattro GmbH hosted the traditional “Rhenish Evening” which has evolved into a fixture that brings together people from the motorsport scene. The guests included the former Formula One team principal Erich Zakowski, ex-European Touring Car Champion Dieter Glemser, race track architect Hermann Tilke and ADAC Sport President Hermann Tomczyk.

Busy schedule: Rahel Frey not only has one but two commitments at home on the first weekend in September. The Swiss, who shone with the second-fastest race lap in the DTM race at the Nürburgring, will be tackling a five-kilometer running distance at the Duathlon Powerman Zofigen in Aargau. A day later, the spectators at the Oldtimerclassic Hittnau in the canton of Zurich can look forward to a few demo laps by the Audi factory driver in an R8. A few days earlier, on August 29, she will be a guest – together with Timo Scheider – at “The Golden Computer” award ceremony of the “Computer Bild” special-interest magazine.

Quick neighbors: The two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider has a new neighbor. His DTM colleague Adrien Tambay has moved from Southern France to Lochau in Austria around 500 meters in a beeline from Timo Scheider’s house.

Resounding success: Marcel Fässler enticed 110 members of his fan club to visit a movie theater. On Thursday, the film “Truth in 24 II” about the 2011 Le Mans victory was playing exclusively for his supporters at the cinema in Einsiedeln.  

In original condition: From August 13 to 27, a very special showpiece will be on display in the “Market and Customer” building at the Audi Piazza – the Audi R18 e-tron quattro that won the Le Mans 24 Hours. Visitors can already tell from the outside that the first Le Mans hybrid winner is the original vehicle from 2012 as all the wear marks have been retained.

In the heart of the capital: Next Tuesday, the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC is extending an invitation to a photo session at the “London Eye” Ferris wheel. Before the fourth race of the season at Silverstone, Audi factory driver Allan McNish will answer the media’s questions near Westminster Bridge from 11 a.m.

A word from ... Rahel Frey

Congratulations on your best result of the DTM season. Was this a perfect weekend?

It was definitely a very good race weekend – in view of a 14th place I’d hesitate to call it ‘perfect’ though. But it was a lot fun being able to keep the pace of the field and battling for positions.

The spectators at the circuit and in front of their television sets were particularly pleased with your lap-long duel with Ralf Schumacher. Was there really no opportunity to overtake him?
I did try a couple of times, but approaching and overtaking are two different things, especially at the Nürburgring. I wanted to put as much pressure on him as possible and force him to make a mistake. He did make a few small mistakes but for an overtaking maneuver the situation was too risky. But it was a tremendous duel of the type that is a hallmark of the DTM.

Did you ultimately break your duck this weekend?
At the moment, we’ve simply got a superb momentum in the team. All of us are working together very closely and engaged in a constant exchange. This commitment by all the drivers and engineers is now paying off although, obviously, we still want to achieve a lot more. In any event, I’ve set high goals for the second half of the season.

So you’ll continue at Zandvoort where you left off now?
At least, that’s the plan. Zandvoort is a track that forgives only few mistakes. That’s why we’ll be competing there with high concentration and, naturally, a bit of tailwind from this weekend at the Nürburgring.

Coming up next week

Aug 25 Nürburgring (D), round 8, Endurance Championship
Aug 26 Zandvoort (NL), round 7, DTM
Aug 26 Silverstone (GB), round 4, WEC
Aug 26 Lausitzring (D), round 6, ADAC GT Masters

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