DTM Donington: the race at a glance, quotes, results Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom on the podium Also in the sixth DTM-race of the season, an Audi driver made it onto the podium: in the British guest appearance at the circuit of Donington ...
DTM Donington: the race at a glance, quotes, results
Audi driver Mattias Ekstrom on the podium
Also in the sixth DTM-race of the season, an Audi driver made it onto the podium: in the British guest appearance at the circuit of Donington Park, Mattias Ekstrom finished third. The Swede, third on the grid after qualifying, admittedly lost some positions at the beginning of the race, but regained them after two very quick pit stops of his Abt-Audi team. The other Audi drivers had a turbulent race weekend: both champion Laurent Aiello as well as Martin Tomczyk and Christian Abt had to retire with accident damage, Audi Junior Peter Terting finished 14th in spite of brake problems, Karl Wendlinger occupied 15th place. In the drivers' standings, Mattias Ekstrom is best-placed Audi driver in sixth position.
- Weather: overcast, fresh, 20 degrees Centigrade. Spectators: 24,000.
- Start: #1 Aiello loses one place to Fassler, Ekstrom also drops back
- 1st lap: collision of #14 Tomczyk with Opel-driver Scheider. Reuter hits the Abt-Audi of the spinning Tomczyk, severe damage left rear
- 2nd lap: #1 Aiello fifth place, #5 Ekstrom sixth, #2 Abt eighth, #15 Terting 19th place
- 3rd lap: #14 Tomczyk slowly drives into the pits and has to retire. #1 Aiello spins coming out of the chicane, hits Menu, #2 Abt can't avoid the collision, touches Menu and lands in the gravel trap. Abt still makes it into the pits, but has to retire. #6 Wendlinger spins
- 4th lap: #1 Aiello into the pits for repair
- 7th lap: #5 Ekstrom (5th ) the first to come in for mandatory pit stop
- 8th lap: #15 Terting mandatory pit stop, #5 Ekstrom has made up one place and is now fourth
- 13th lap: #5 Ekstrom is fourth, #15 Terting is 15th, #6 Wendlinger 16th place and #1 Aiello 17th
- 17th lap: #1 Aiello opens second range of mandatory pit stops
- 20th lap: #5 Ekstrom increases the pressure on Fassler, #6 Wendlinger 16th place, #1 Aiello 17th
- 21st lap: #5 Ekstrom for second pit stop
- 22nd lap: pit stops for Alesi and Schneider, #5 Ekstrom sixth place for the time being, Jager lets #5 Ekstrom past
- 23rd lap: pit stop Fassler, #5 Ekstrom now in third place
- 24th lap: #5 Ekstrom duel with Fassler, Ekstrom remains in front, #15 Terting 14th place, #6 Wendlinger 15th place, #1 Aiello 16th place
- 25th lap: collision #15 Terting with Bleekemolen
- 27th lap: The left door of #1 Aiello is loose, he is called into the pits with the black-yellow flag
- 28th lap: #1 Aiello stops at the pit box , #15 Terting is now twelfth
- 29th lap: #5 Ekstrom is a convincing third
- 33rd lap: #5 Ekstrom closing up on Schneider
- Finish: #5 Ekstrom third, #15 Terting 14th , #6 Wendlinger 15th
Quotes after the race
Mattias Ektrom (Team PlayStation2 Red Bull Abt-Audi TT-R #5): "First of all, I have to thank my team. After my bad start, the guys have helped me back into third place with two fantastic pit stops. Then, I gave everything to close up to Bernd (Schneider) and Jean (Alesi). And I succeeded, but once I was close enough to attack, the chequered flag was out."
Peter Terting (S line Audi Junior Team Abt-Audi TT-R #15): "Initially, things were going very well. I stayed out of all the problems. The first stop was all right as well, after that, I overtook some opponents. However, more or less at the time when I had completed my second pit stop, I started having trouble with the brakes. It only pulled on one side on the front axle, so I had to push the pedal much earlier. Moreover, smoke came into the car. I started coughing and I had tears in my eyes. The last five laps, I hardly couldn't see a thing anymore. But giving up was no alternative either--"
Martin Tomczyk (S line Audi Junior Team Abt-Audi TT-R #14): "I was hit by a car right after the start, which is why I spun. Then, another car ran into my TT-R at the left rear side and then, my car couldn't drive in a straight line anymore. That was it. Now, I am looking forward to the Nurburgring. Super-Pole qualifying at night will surely be a great thing."
Hans-Jurgen Abt (team principal): "Mattias missed the start a little bit, but then did a great job in the race. The team has done an excellent job as well. Not only with quick pit stops that brought Mattias up from fifth to third place, but also during the past couple of weeks. We are closer to Mercedes again. 1.6 seconds after almost one hour of racing, that is quite all right. Just like six podium places in six races. Our team is highly motivated. We will be showing the next proof at the Nurburgring."