It was great day for Audi at Moscow Raceway with Mike Rockenfeller delivering a commanding performance in race twelve, earning the brand with the four rings its seventh victory of the season. 26,000 spectators aw an impressive performance by the Audi squad at the DTM races in Russia.
Despite driving one of the heaviest cars in the field Mike Rockenfeller was unbeatable on Sunday. In the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix, the 2013 DTM Champion secured the top spot on the grid in a thrilling qualifying session and subsequently scored an uncontested victory with a 4.132-second advantage over BMW’s Bruno Spengler.
Mike Rockenfeller said following his second victory at Moscow Raceway “ It was tight only in the first turn. My start was a little worse than Bruno’s (Spengler) and I had to take a bit of a risk to keep him behind me. Fortunately, it worked out. My team gave me a perfect car today that was exactly the way I need it. Thanks a million for that!”
Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport, said “This was a dream result for Audi today. We saw two thrilling DTM races and an extremely strong Audi RS 5 DTM here in Russia. A big ‘thank you’ goes to the entire squad that had to work extremely hard to prepare the cars again following the two accidents yesterday. That was a really strong performance. But we won’t have a lot of time to celebrate because the season continues at Oschersleben in only two weeks from now. Following today’s victory, we’re going to have pretty heavy cars again there as well. The DTM definitely remains thrilling.”
Race winner Mike Rockenfeller concluded: “Moscow was an event with ups and downs for me this year. On Friday and Saturday, we weren’t optimally sorted. As a result, I finished race one only in tenth place. Afterwards, we made some minor changes that went exactly in the right direction. On Sunday, I had a tremendous car, plus that little bit of fortune that’s needed to clinch pole. The start went well. I was able to defend my position in the first three corners and then pull clear of the field. Subsequently, I was able to control the race.”