Ingolstadt, June 10, 2011 - Fourth at Hockenheim, third at Zandvoort, winner at the Red Bull Ring. Audi driver Martin Tomczyk is the man of the hour in the DTM. And at the Lausitzring the Bavarian from Rosenheim who lives in Switzerland even has the chance of capturing the lead of the standings in the most popular international touring car racing series.
What seemed like a descent to an older-generation Audi A4 DTM has turned into a piece of fortune for Tomczyk. The interaction with his vehicle engineer Jürgen Jungklaus in Audi Sport Team Phoenix is working perfectly. And in combination with the new Hankook tires the drivers of the year-old cars can fully bring their weight advantage over the more current models to bear.
Martin Tomczyk has scored twenty points at the first three races of the 2011 season - more than any other Audi driver. Only three points separate him from the leader of the standings, Bruno Spengler. This means that Tomczyk may even be able to grab the lead of the standings from the Canadian at Lausitz. This is by no means an unrealistic prospect: In the past two years the older-generation A4 cars had already been very strong at the Lausitzring. In addition, all three Audi teams tested at the race track in East Germany - in view of the extremely close competition in this year’s DTM this is by no means just a minor advantage.
On the other hand, the Lausitzring has not necessarily been the favorite track of the Audi A4 DTM in the past years. The last Audi victory took place six years ago. Since then the brand with the four rings has had to settle for podium positions at Lausitz. So it is high time to change this.
The race at the Lausitzring will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 19. ARD will start to broadcast live on "Das Erste" at 1:45 p.m. (local time).
Other topics of the weekend
• Will Audi be able to raise the score in the duel with Mercedes-Benz to 3-1?
• Will Mattias Ekström be able to strike back after the disappointment at Spielberg?
• Will Timo Scheider manage to clinch his first podium of the season?
• Will the DTM again be held in front of a large crowd?
Quotes by the officials
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi-Motorsport):
"The events at the Lausitzring didn’t always go so well for us in recent years. That’s why we’re very motivated to do better this year. During tests before the season we could see that we’re doing a good job of working with the new tire partner Hankook at the Lausitzring - and also thanks to their weight advantage the older cars will be very strong there again. I’m hoping for us to be able to convert this into a good overall result at Lausitz."
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline):
"Every race is a new challenge. You could see how tough the DTM has become most recently at Spielberg. The competitiveness of the field is immense this year. But we’re well sorted for the Lausitzring. We’ve been gathering a lot of experience there during all these years. We’re aiming to convert a solid team performance into good results."
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix):
"What can I say after the victory at Spielberg? When you’re riding on such a warm wave you’ve got to try to stay on top of it. We had a good test at the Lausitzring even though the track hadn’t been suiting us so well before. If we manage to get everything together as well as we did in Austria then something will again be possible here. We want to finally end Mercedes’ dominance at Lausitz and clinch a good result for Audi."
We want to finally end Mercedes’ dominance at Lausitz
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg):
"We have tested at the Lausitzring. These tests were positive. The first three races have also clearly been pointing in the right direction - which is upward. Filipe (Albuquerque) of course has to continue to improve. To Edoardo (Mortara) I’m simply wishing a bit more luck. After an excellent qualifying session in Austria he was just unfortunate in the race. Both drivers have got the right speed and were running really well during the test at Lausitz. That’s why I’m sure that we’ll be able to achieve a nice result."
Facts and quotes by the Audi drivers
Filipe Albuquerque (26/P), TV Movie Audi A4 DTM #18 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
• Will be celebrating his 26th birthday on Monday before the race
• Clinched his best DTM race result so far by finishing twelfth in Austria
"We had a test at the Lausitzring, so I already know the track. Maybe that’ll make it possible for me to pull a wild card. I’m eager to see how we’ll be doing there. I’ve got another race’s worth of experience under my belt now - that helps."
Mattias Ekström (32/S), Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #8 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
• Started from the pole position at Lausitz in 2009 and from position two last year
• Clinched two of his 14 DTM victories so far with Audi there
"I’m already looking forward to the Lausitzring. That’s where I’ll have my next chance. On this track we’ve got a good starting base with respect to the Hankook tires. I’ve got no doubt about motivation being superb -and I don’t mean just my own. It’ll be interesting for us to return to this track."
Rahel Frey (25/CH), Glamour Audi A4 DTM #15 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
• Finished all three previous races
• Knows the Lausitzring from tests with the A4 DTM
"Naturally, everyone wants to know what we can expect on a track that I already know. I’m eager to see that for myself too. That we know the track is an advantage. But honestly speaking, my favorite tracks are elsewhere. Nevertheless, we’ll continue to work the way we’ve been so far."
Oliver Jarvis (27/GB), Audi Sport performance cars A4 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
• Clinched his first podium result with Abt at the third round
• Was on the first row most recently at the Red Bull Ring
"I’m very much looking forward to sitting in my Audi A4 DTM again at the Lausitzring. At the Red Bull Ring we achieved a good result. I’m hoping for this strong form to last. Why shouldn’t another podium be possible - and maybe even contention for victory? Finally our season has really begun and I’ve started scoring points. Now I want to experience the next strong weekend."
Miguel Molina (22/E), Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #22 (Audi Sport Team Abt Junior)
• Improved by six positions at the race in Austria
• Is still waiting for his first points of the season
"At the Lausitzring we had our two-day test before the season started. In the past it hadn’t always been the best race track for us. We’ve got to prepare again as best we can in order to drive a good race. Of course the results have to become clearly better."
Edoardo Mortara (24/I/F), Playboy Audi A4 DTM #19 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
• Achieved his best qualifying result in Austria by taking position four
• Was deprived of his reward by a spin that was not his fault
"We drove a very good test at Lausitz. We want to give our maximum yet again. I’m sure that with Team Rosberg we can achieve a good result for Audi at Lausitz. I’m feeling the support by everyone in the team and by Audi in a very direct way. That’s why I was really disappointed after the third race because a spin deprived us of all chances. They’re doing everything for me and that makes really good results possible."
Mike Rockenfeller (27/D), E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM #9 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
• Is the second-best Audi driver in the DTM standings
• In fourth place in a year-old car was the best Audi driver at Lausitz in 2010
"What I’m hoping for at the Lausitzring is a bit more speed. In Austria we weren’t good enough on a dry track. I’m looking forward to the Lausitzring because I had a good race there last year. We’ve got to make a strong effort. It looks like the old cars are particularly quick at the moment. We’ve got to bring all this to bear. I’m looking forward to the Lausitzring. There’s always a tremendous crowd there and it’ll probably be a great race."
Editors Note: Mike Rockenfeller with be replaced by Tom Kirstensen this weekend after his accident during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Timo Scheider (32/D), AUTO TEST Audi A4 DTM #4 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
• Second place has been his best result so far at Lausitz
• As the third-best Audi driver is currently ranked in fifth place of the DTM standings
"Thanks to our new tire partner Hankook the cards have been reshuffled at the Lausitzring. In the past Mercedes was strong there. But I’m very hopeful that we’ll be looking better there this year. Then we’ll see how the journey continues."
Martin Tomczyk (29/D), Schaeffler Audi A4 DTM #14 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
• By clinching the pole position and victory in Austria experienced a dream weekend
• As the best Audi driver, is ranking just three points behind the leader of the standings "After our victory at Spielberg I’m looking forward to the next race with particularly eager anticipation. The Lausitzring is a nice race track, even though it’s not necessarily my favorite one this season. We tested there and could see how tight it is. I’m eager to see how things will continue there."
Also see: Kristensen replaces Rockenfeller