• Edoardo Mortara is the winner of the day at the DTM debut in Munich • Italian defeats leader of the standings Bruno Spengler • Pole position for the Audi A4 DTM
Ingolstadt/Munich, July 16, 2011 - Fireworks for Edoardo Mortara: In front of an outstanding crowd the Italian won the "race of marques" at the DTM debut in Munich’s Olympic Stadium for Audi. At the thrilling finale for the day’s victory he defeated DTM leader of the standings Bruno Spengler.
The first day at the DTM’s public show event in Munich’s Olympic Stadium was billed as "race of marques". In internal duels on the 1.190-kilometer track the best drivers of the two automobile manufacturers were determined first. An Audi and a Mercedes-Benz first met at the day’s finale. And this prestigious duel in the end went to Edoardo Mortara, Audi Sport Team Rosberg and Audi with a lead of 0.366 seconds.
"I’m racing on a track like this for the first time," beamed "Edo" after his victory. "I already felt comfortable between concrete walls in Macau and at the Norisring. And the result today was outstanding for me as well."
As early as at the prologue in the morning the 24-year-old Italian was the front runner in the Audi squad and had done the fastest run with an advantage of 34 thousandths of a second over Mattias Ekström (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline). On the way to the day’s finale the DTM rookie defeated Rahel Frey, Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller. At the first of the two captivating final races of five laps each the Audi driver still had to admit defeat in a photo finish with 0.011 seconds but clearly decided the second round in his favor.
That was a great performance by Edoardo and the Audi squad because both pit stops worked out perfectly too
"That was a great performance by Edoardo (Mortara) and the Audi squad because both pit stops worked out perfectly too," praised Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. "We’ve seen a really great debut of the DTM in Munich, delivered a fantastic show to the fans and displayed the power of the Audi A4 DTM to the fans. We’re already looking forward to tomorrow."
The result on Saturday also determined the grid positions for Sunday. Edoardo Mortara’s victory of the day secured the pole position for Audi. Audi’s runner-up on Saturday was Mike Rockenfeller, Mattias Ekström took third place. The other drivers who qualified directly for the finale of the top 16 are Oliver Jarvis, Filipe Albuquerque, Martin Tomczyk and Timo Scheider. Rahel Frey in eighth place and Miguel Molina, who retired after having contact with the wall in the prologue, will be fighting for the last remaining grid position in the relegation on Sunday morning starting at 10 a.m. The finale starts at 12:45 a.m. ARD will begin to broadcast live from Munich on "Das Erste" at 2 p.m. (local time).
Selected driver and team quotes
Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi A4 DTM), 1st place
"A fantastic day! We were super fast today. Everyone showed a great performance. Even though there are no championship points awarded for this I’m very happy about my first victory in the DTM. But I’m even happier for my guys and the Rosberg team. The finale was great. Bruno (Spengler) was very fast and the gaps were close."
The finale was great, Bruno was very fast and the gaps were close
Mike Rockenfeller (E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM), 2nd place
"I was in the Audi-internal finale but I’d have liked making it into the finale. However, my goal today was not to damage the car after I’ve already had my moment with the wall on Friday. The starting base for Sunday is pretty good."
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM), 3rd place
"I had a short day. I drove a race against Timo (Scheider) and one against Edoardo (Mortara). Unfortunately, I made a mistake and got into oversteer once. I had a pit stop that was just medium. After that, it was over for me early."
Oliver Jarvis (Audi Sport performance cars A4 DTM), 4th place
"I had a small problem with the brakes, so I was careful with the concrete walls on both sides. I could have probably been faster. Mike (Rockenfeller) was a bit quicker, it was a fair result."
Filipe Albuquerque (TV Movie Audi A4 DTM), 5th place
"It was frustrating because I made a mistake with the pit limiter at the start and immediately lost one and a half seconds on the first lap, I made up some time but it wasn’t enough. In the end we were lacking half a second to Rocky. But tomorrow is a new day."
I had a great battle with Oliver Jarvis; it was probably the closest decision of the day
Martin Tomczyk (Schaeffler Audi A4 DTM), 6th place
"Saturday was short for me. I had a great battle with Oliver Jarvis; it was probably the closest decision of the day. We delivered a great show to the spectators. I’m not disappointed but chilled out in the afternoon watching the final rounds."
Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi A4 DTM), 7th place
"Unfortunately I didn’t get to drive much. It was really good fun even though my car wasn’t so exciting. It’s hard finding an optimal set-up here because you only drive a few laps and it’s not easy to find the right temperature window for the tires and the brakes."
Rahel Frey (Glamour Audi A4 DTM), 8th place
"It’s a huge spectacle for the crowed. The response is positive. For the drivers it’s a big challenge because the track is very narrow and the grip level changes from session to session. The track allows no mistakes. It’s already a success getting car across the laps unharmed."
Miguel Molina (Red Bull Audi A4 DTM), 9th place
"A great show event in Munich! The ITR and the manufacturers have done a very good job to make this possible for us. That’s nice for the audience! For me, Saturday was not so nice. I made a mistake in the prologue. That meant I was eliminated. Still, I enjoyed the show afterwards and tried to support my team-mates."
I made a mistake in the prologue, that meant I was eliminated
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Teamchef Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline):
"Edoardo (Mortara) drove a superb race. We also helped at the first pit stop. The Abt team had a part in putting him into the right position. He drove sensationally. For the fans it was really thrilling. This race is new in the DTM. In the future we’ll do a bit better in positioning ourselves but the direction is right. People are enjoying it. You can tell that. I’m eager to see what’ll happen on the day of the finale."
Ernst Moser (Teamchef Audi Sport Team Phoenix):
"Well done to the organizers for a putting on an event that’s running smoothly. The spectators are getting to see a great show. We were narrowly beaten with both cars. Martin (Tomczyk) no doubt didn’t take a one hundred percent risk in his drive in order to keep his car intact. Rahel (Frey) had a tough rival in Edoardo Mortara. Her lap times were really good; she wasn’t the last one but kept a few drivers behind her. Well done to her."
Arno Zensen (Teamchef Audi Sport Team Rosberg):
"It was an emotional roller coaster. The finale was incredible. We knew that Edo (Mortara) is fast. We still tried to slow him down a little this morning so he wouldn’t break anything. At the finale he really revved up. A big thank you to the squad - and also to Abt and Phoenix, who participated in the great pit stops."