The second race of the season and the second pole position for Audi: In an extremely thrilling time chase on a drying track, three Audi drivers were the fastest at Hockenheim on Sunday: Mike Rockenfeller, Miguel Molina and Mattias Ekström
“My car was fantastic to drive right from the beginning. I knew that the last lap would be crucial, fortunately, it all worked out,” said Mike Rockenfeller (Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM/Audi Sport Team Phoenix) following a turbulent qualifying session that initially started on a wet track. But after just a few minutes, the racing line had dried off so much that all the drivers switched to slicks and the track became faster and faster.
In the crucial moment, Mike Rockenfeller, by a razor-thin margin of 0.030 seconds, prevailed against Miguel Molina in the Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Molina’s team-mate Mattias Ekström in the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM completed the one-two-three for Audi.
Saturday’s winner Jamie Green in the Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM had to settle for position 19. “I was blocked by Maxi Götz,” the Briton said. “It shows that in the DTM everyone is starting from scratching again on Sunday,” commented Mike Rockenfeller. “This is great for the fans. I’m enjoying the moment and hope for a good race.”
The second race of the new DTM season will start at 13.43. ARD will start to air live coverage at 13.20 (local time) on ‘Das Erste.’ Additional ‘second screen’ information will be available on dtm.com/live and bild.de.
Notes for editors: Miguel Molina will be dropped three places on the grid due to a penalty from race one.
Further information about the official fuel consumption figures and official, specific CO2 emissions of new passenger cars can be found in the “Guide to fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption of new cars,” which is available free of charge from all sales outlets and from DAT (Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH), Hellmuth-Hirth-Strasse 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen, Germany (www.dat.de).