Mike Rockenfeller took the lead of the DTM for Audi

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 18, 2013

Mike Rockenfeller of Audi Sport Team Phoenix managed to take the lead in the overall DTM standing after placing second in Lausitz. Starting from position six on the grid, Rockenfeller was able to race his way to second spot at the end of the race.

He switched from standard to option tires after just four laps, and was able to push his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM to limits thereafter. He managed to overtake Mercedes driver Robert Wickens as well as pressure race leader Gary Paffett. After his second pit stop, Rockenfeller focused on getting the second spot in the race, which points allowed him to grab the lead in the standings. He also posted the fastest lap and best pit stop in the Lausitz DTM.

Rockenfeller remarked that his Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM was “absolutely fantastic” thanks to the option tires. He remarked that he had some difficulties using standard tires, but said they had a great strategy and perfect pit stops. He remarked that while he failed to grab the first place, he was able to score important points for the Championship. Jamie Green of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, drove his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM to fifth place to score his first points since switching to Audi.

Green started the race on option tires and was third until his first pit stop on lap 24. Teammate and two-time DTM Champion Mattias Ekström employed a different strategy but still managed to advance from grid position 18 to eighth place during the race. Ekström had his two pit stops within the first eight laps and drove the remaining 44 laps using the option tires. On the last lap, Ekström was toe-to-toe with title defender Bruno Spengler, with both cars crossing the finish line side by side. In the end, he finished seventh.

“’Thank you to Audi and to Team Phoenix: My car was absolutely fantastic today, especially on option tyres,” said Mike Rockenfeller. “On standard tyres, it was a bit more difficult, but we had a great strategy and perfect pit stops. In the end, Gary (Paffett) was a bit faster, but we scored important points for the Championship. It was a good race for us. I’m really pleased.”

Topics: audi, dtm

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