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AUDI Ends BMW's DTM Winning Streak

The Audi RS5 DTM was unbeatable

Greg Emmerson
May 23, 2013

At the second race in the 2013 DTM Championship at Brands Hatch, Great Britain, Audi displayed pure dominance. Mike Rockenfeller in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Aui Sport Team Phoenix nailed pole position and had a commanding victory in the great weather and track conditions. After 98 laps, the 2010 Le Mans winner controlled the pace and cross the finish with a 7.641- second advantage.

"That was a race of the kind you wish for as a race driver," said Mike Rockenfeller after his triumph. "I won the start and was subsequently able to determine the pace. The option tires degraded a bit faster than at Hockenheim, which came as a surprise. But the others had the same problem and we responded correctly. My car functioned superbly and Team Phoenix performed two brilliant stops. Thank you for that! After Hockenheim, we put our heads together in the team - the result was seen today."? ?"Not only the victory is a great confirmation of the hard work over the winter, but so is the commanding way in which Mike (Rockenfeller) achieved this success," commented Dieter Gass, who has been Head of DTM at Audi Sport since April. "He was able to control the race for 98 laps and didn't make any mistakes. His team did all the right things strategically and delivered two perfect pit stops. Well done! We already saw at Hockenheim that the performance of the Audi RS 5 DTM is right. It's nice that we were able to convert that into a win today and managed to end the BMW string of victories."

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With Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM) and Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM) in seventh and ninth place, two other Audi drivers (both Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) scored points.

The third race of the 2013 DTM will be held only two weeks from now at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg (Austria). There, Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) won last year.

By Greg Emmerson
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