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Audi A5 DTM Claims First Win of 2012 Season - Web Exclusive

The Italian driver started from the pole to win the fourth round of the 2012 DTM at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Greg Emmerson
Jun 6, 2012
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We previously reported at www.europeancarweb that BMW had recorded its fourth podium at the recent DTM race in Spielberg, Austria, the win went to Edoardo Mortara at Audi Sport Team Rosberg.

The Italian driver started from the pole to win the fourth round of the 2012 DTM at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. This was Mortara’s first win in the series and the inaugural victory for the new 2012 Audi A5 DTM as well.

The team was founded by ex-Formula One World Champion Keke Rosberg and Mortara’s Playboy-sponsored Audi A5 DTM got off to a perfect start as he entered turn one, controlling the pace at the front throughout the entire 47 laps.

After the second mandatory pit stop, Mortara had to fend off attacks by series leader Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) and Martin Tomczyk (BMW). Mortara kept his cool to cross the finish line 1.068sec ahead of the BMW.

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"That was a fantastic weekend," beamed "Edo" after taking his first victory in only his 14th DTM race. "My first pole position yesterday and my first victory today - I’m super-happy.

“The battle with Gary (Paffett) was tough - but when you’re in contention for victory you won’t give in easily."

Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) also fought hard, finishing fourth to improve his position to second place in the overall standings.

At the start, Ekström briefly took the lead in his Red Bull A5 DTM but dropped to fifth in the commotion of the first lap. He managed to overtake Mercedes driver Jamie Green again, closed the gap to Gary Paffett in the final phase, but could not pass him.

The fastest lap was driven by Timo Scheider (Auto Test Audi A5 DTM). The two-time DTM Champion started 16th on the grid but fought to sixth place despite running through the gravel trap after being hit by another car.

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