Ingolstadt/Zandvoort -- The Dutch round at Zandvoort is a firm component of the DTM schedule and, not least due to its geographic location in the North Sea dunes, a highlight for the teams and drivers -- in particular of course for local hero ...
Ingolstadt/Zandvoort -- The Dutch round at Zandvoort is a firm component of the DTM schedule and, not least due to its geographic location in the North Sea dunes, a highlight for the teams and drivers -- in particular of course for local hero Christijan Albers from the Audi customer team Futurecom-TME.
Actor Moritz Bleibtreu deeply immersed himself in the DTM at Zandvoort: in addition to a ride in the racing taxi, the actor, who is well known from many films ("Knockin' on Heaven's Door", Run Lola run"), got a two-day backstage view of Audi's trackside presence, visited Martin Tomczyk with his team, witnessed the action on the track from the pit lane and answered questions of guests at the Audi VIP Lounge.
Christijan Albers everywhere. The local hero with his Audi A4 DTM adorned the official DTM posters for his home race as well as the front page of the programme booklet for the sixth round. Furthermore, the Audi driver from the Futurecom-TME customer team -- in addition to his full schedule between Thursday and Sunday -- had to handle no less than 20 PR and marketing commitments, including TV shoots, exclusive interviews and numerous fan activities. "On the fringes" of all this, he conversed with 200 personally invited guests. Albers is the first Dutchman since 2004 to contest a DTM race at Zandvoort.
Katherine Legge was the recipient of birthday wishes from Audi Sport. The Brit turned 28 on 12 July and was literally showered with a cake: it landed not on the plate but in the face of the unsuspecting Legge. The practical joke was executed by her team-mate Christijan Albers. Legge took it with lots of humour. And there was something to eat after all. Legge's team, Futurecom-TME, had provided pastries of their own on her special day -- of course featuring the birthday child's favourite: chocolate. Managing Director Benno Emslander from the team's sponsor "Privatbrauerei Hofmuhl" presented Legge with a colourful bouquet of flowers.
Befitting the coastal venue of Zandvoort, genuine Dutch "Matjes" (young herring) was served at the Audi Team & Media Hospitality -- and from a nostalgic market cart at that. A typical trait of this speciality: the sour-salty taste of the raw fish.
The high attractiveness of the race at Zandvoort was also reflected by the large number of VIP packages booked. No less than 350 guests treated themselves to this "special" DTM weekend at the two-story Audi Lounge directly alongside the track with a exclusive view of the racing action from the roof terrace.
The Dutch world-class mountain biker Anneke Beerten, multiple winner of the Four Cross World Cup, made an authentic showing by riding to the team garage of her compatriot Christijan Albers on her mountain bike.
With great interest Audi factory driver Katherine Legge participated in an activity sponsored by the DTM organisers, ITR: On Saturday, female fans were invited to a champagne reception and had the opportunity to engage in extensive exchanges with Legge and the second DTM driver Susie Stoddart.
Mattias Ekstrom and Martin Tomczyk, the two Red Bull drivers from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, used the opportunity of a photo shoot on Sunday to talk shop with U.S. racer Scott Speed. At Zandvoort, the former Formula 1 driver did some demo laps in a NASCAR racer sporting the Red Bull colours.
In addition to the numerous races of the DTM weekend, Zandvoort also saw a genuine premiere: The three-time Le Mans winning car, the Audi R10 TDI, was lapping the circuit on the North Sea coast for the first time ever. For Christijan Albers, the car's debut at the venue marked a driving debut: The Dutchman completed his first-ever demo laps with the diesel-powered sports car and was particularly thrilled by the enormous torque (1,100 Nm) of the TDI twelve-cylinder engine delivering over 650 hp.