* Edoardo Mortara crowns perfect weekend with first win
* Five Audi drivers in top-10 for full house at Red Bull Ring
* Audi well prepared for Le Mans 24 Hours after successful test day
The last weekend were the teams and drivers of Audi Sport in two places in Europe active. At the Red Bull Ring in the Austrian Spielberg made the Italian driver Edoardo Mortara with the Audi A5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg for the first victory of the season for the brand in the German touring car series DTM. About 1,400 kilometers west were the Audi sports car drivers with the new Audi R18 prototypes developed e-tron quattro and Audi R18 ultra active during the official test day at Le Mans circuit in preparation for the 24-hour race there on 16 and 17 June is held.
After Audi drivers for this year with the newly developed Audi A5 DTM already in two of the last three DTM races podiums achieved, said Edoardo Mortara in only his 14th DTM race the first victory of the season for Audi safe. In the last year reopened Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, in the past as Österreich and A1-Ring Ring many times the location for the Austrian Formula 1 Grand Prix, the 25-year old driver was a class apart. On Saturday he won the fastest in the qualifying session for the first time in his career pole position for a DTM race and a day after he knew that perfect position to convert his first victory in the hotly contested and prestigious touring car series. ”For myself and for Audi this was a very important success,” said a visibly relieved Mortara after the match, with a total distance of 47 laps (203.322 km) the longest race in the DTM history.
Other drivers in the points
it remained during the Austrian DTM round, held for one with 48,500 visitors during the weekend sold out house, but not in the success of Mortara, whose first victory with Audi for Team Rosberg was. Behind the Italian ended dual DTM champion Mattias Ekström as the best driver of the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline fourth. Ekströms teammate Timo Scheider, who after a collision fell to the tail of the field, drove a perfect race to catch up, for which he was rewarded with sixth place. Mike Rockefeller, driving for Audi Sport Team Phoenix, was ranked seventh, while Mortara’s teammate Filipe Albuquerque eighth championship points scored.
Fastest time in Le Mans
On the track of Le Mans on Sunday was the only test possible in preparation for the 24-hour race, who are held in two weeks. With four cars, two Audi R18 e-tron quattro with hybrid technology and two Audi R18 TDI with ultra-engine, the Audi Sport Team Joest made good use of this opportunity. In total, the Audi drivers during the test day, 4,497 km off the track, largely from public roads closed for the opportunity exists. It was focused on the adjustment of the chassis, aerodynamics, tires, the car handling with different amounts of fuel on board and the comparison of the two concepts. Marco Bonanomi, the only Audi factory driver who has not previously in the 24 Hours of Le Mans participated, was also mandatory for all rookies distance of ten laps on the track take, what without problems. Scotsman Allan McNish drove the Audi R18 e-tron quattro with the number 2 in 3:25,927 minutes the fastest time of the day. In total, ending Audi’s in the purse of the places one, two, three and six. Even more important was that the entire team in the run up to the race a lot of valuable experience gained.
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