Mike Rockenfeller took the lead of the DTM for Audi

Article by Christian A., 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

If you liked the article, share on:

Pin It

Comments

Recommended

Building upon its highly successful racing stint in 2016, Volkswagen gives the Golf GTI TCR a new update. For this year, get ready to see Volkswagen’s Golf GTI touring car...
by - March 17, 2017
The recently unveiled road-going Chevrolet Camaro – the 2018 Camaro ZL1 1LE track-capable sports car – is simply amazing in terms of performance. Already boasting an array of aerodynamic technologies,...
by - March 16, 2017
Seriously, autonomous vehicles are now becoming fast enough to race on the track. This comes after Roborace – hoping to claim the title as the world’s first driverless racing series...
by - March 3, 2017
In racing, driving a quicker and lighter car doesn’t always result in a win. However, such a car definitely has some advantages over other competitors. This could be the reason...
by - February 16, 2017
Yes, Toyota hasn’t joined the WRC since the first generation of iPod was released. For the first time in many years, Toyota comes back and has won its first race...
by - February 14, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries