Günter Netzer drives the Audi RS 5 DTM
- Ex-soccer pro masters three laps on the Hockenheimring
- Valuable tips from Champion Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekström
- Netzer: “An experience I’ll never forget”
Even before the professional race drivers hit the track at the Hockenheim DTM season opener the ‘Motodrom’ saw a unique premiere. The former German soccer star Günter Netzer personally took the wheel of the Audi RS 5 DTM and drove three trial laps. Before going out, the popular sportsman had received track and driving tips from Audi’s DTM Champions Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekström.
Before Netzer, as the first celebrity ever to do so, took the wheel of an Audi RS 5 DTM, the current DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller and his Audi brand colleague Mattias Ekström provided him with background information on the car and the race track. During a joint recon run on a motor scooter, ‘Rocky’ explained the challenges of the Hockenheimring to Netzer. Afterwards, the two-time Champion and Hockenheim winner Mattias Ekström familiarized the soccer idol with the functions and special characteristics of the touring car.
The last bit of nervous tension disappeared as soon as the Audi RS 5 DTM began to move with Netzer at the wheel. “This was like playing soccer: once the game starts you stop being nervous,” commented Netzer. After three laps on the 4.574-kilometer circuit, Mike Rockenfeller waved the checkered flag on Netzer’s race car debut in the Audi RS 5 DTM, which Netzer summed up by saying, “A fantastic experience I’ll never forget. It further heightened my enthusiasm for motorsport, the DTM in particular, and my respect for the DTM drivers. I used a maximum of 25 percent of the car’s potential. Thinking about the performance of these guys when they’re driving at the limit and battling for positions in the process – I take my hat off to them!”
For Mike Rockenfeller, the meeting with Netzer was a special experience too. “I only knew him from television before and my impression of him on TV has been confirmed here: a likeable person and a great sportsman. He was visibly impressed by the dynamics of the Audi RS 5 DTM. Of course you can’t experience the DTM in a more intensive way than driving the race car on the track yourself.”
Günter Netzer is not the only German World Soccer Champion to keep his fingers crossed for Audi at the DTM season opener on location. Klaus Augenthaler and Andreas Brehme, who in 1990 had a part in Germany’s last FIFA World Cup title win to date, are guests of the four rings at Hockenheim as well.
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