Difficult qualifying for Audi at Spielberg
- Extremely close time gaps at the Red Bull Ring
- Jamie Green in the top ten as the only Audi driver
- Only 91 thousandths of a second short of pole position
Close, closer, DTM: In the qualifying session at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg (Austria), the time gaps, even for DTM conditions, were even closer than usual. Jamie Green in the Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg missed the pole position by a razor-thin margin of 91 thousandths of a second – and in spite of this the Briton had to settle for grid position six.
Green was the only Audi driver to manage the leap into the top ten on Saturday evening in summer temperatures. Timo Scheider in the AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix as the second-best Audi driver will be starting from position 14. Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM) as the fastest driver of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline will be sharing the eighth row with his team-mate Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM).
Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM) in 14th place was the second-best Audi driver in qualifying but, due to a grid penalty imposed at Moscow, will be moved by three positions towards the rear of the grid. He will be tackling the race from the ninth row together with Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM).
Adrien Tambay (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM) and Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM) in 20th and 21st place were already eliminated in the first qualifying segment (Q1) – an unusual experience for both drivers.
“Naturally, this wasn’t a qualifying session to our liking,” said Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “Even in free practice, there were indications that we’d be having a difficult time here. The time gaps in qualifying were minimal. Jamie (Green) was only 91 thousandths of a second short of clinching the pole position. He and his team made the best of what was a difficult situation for us today. It’ll be a tough race for us, but the points are only awarded tomorrow and we’re not giving up.”
For the race on Sunday (start at 13.30 local time) heat and thunderstorms have been forecast. Audi has won two of the previous three DTM rounds at the Red Bull Ring.
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