Minute of remembrance: Before the start of the DTM race at Oschersleben the DTM drivers paid their respects to Christian Bakkerud. The Dane was killed in a traffic accident at the age of just 26.
Prominent guests: Michael Dick, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development of AUDI AG, visited the DTM race at Oschersleben, as did Formula 1 racer Timo Glock, Herta BSC goalkeeper Thomas Kraft and musician Joey Kelly. Kraft and Kelly were also treated to a ride in the Audi A4 DTM race taxi.
Presentation: Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer had a grand appearance at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt. The Le Mans winners presented the brand’s new S-models, S6, S7 and S8, at the AUDI AG press conference on Tuesday. Fässler flew directly from Frankfurt to the 12-hour race at Sepang.
Premiere: The new Audi A5 DTM completed the first joint test with its future competitors at the Lausitzring. The two former DTM Champions Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider drove chassis R17-101 and R17-102. In parallel, Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich presented the third finished A5 DTM car at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt.
Visit to the USA: Romolo Liebchen, who is responsible for customer racing at Audi, traveled to the Grand-Am race at Mid-Ohio last weekend. Audi Sport customer racing is offering a Grand-Am version of the Audi R8 LMS starting in 2012.
Conqueror of the peak: Le Mans winner Benoît Tréluyer tackled a special kind of mountain tour: The Audi factory driver climbed to the top of Mount Fuji in Japan.
A brief interview with ... Mattias Ekström
Two victories and a second place at the last three races – is the DTM particularly good fun this way?
I’ve had good fun racing all year. But I’m having even more fun at the moment because we’re trying to improve certain things in the team and are achieving good results in the process.
The next DTM race will be held at Valencia – you won there last year. That automatically makes you the favorite...
A victory at Oschersleben does not help at Valencia. Also, we shouldn’t forget that we’ve got a new tire partner this year. We’re still in the process of learning. Sometimes you’re first, sometimes 14th. It’s important to be focused on every single lap and to correctly assess the experiences. You move forward through structure work.
You’ve been the father of a little son since April. How has this changed your life?
I enjoy my time at home with little Mats, Heidi and the two dogs, Moss and Lou. More than ever before, I look forward to coming home. But also more than ever before, I enjoy being out on the track because the challenge in the DTM is greater than ever.
At the beginning of the week you tested the new Audi A5 DTM at the Lausitzring. What was your first impression?
Generally, it’s always a really great thing for me to be part of the development of a new race car from the outset. It’s still very early and the cars are different due to the regulations. But the A5 DTM feels good. You can tell that Audi has built the car. Everything’s been prepared very well and solid and runs like a charm. We’ve got a good testing program that we’re checking off meticulously. The first few meters I was surprised how different this can feel with the same engine and many identical parts. But the new Hankook tires make the biggest difference.
Coming up next week
Sep 24 Nürburgring (D), VLN Endurance Championship, round 8
Sep 25 Donington (GB), British GT Championship, round 9