Sunday, 25 March 2012

Audi drivers to present themselves at Hockenheim

Audi drivers to present themselves at

• Audi’s DTM racers are introducing themselves at Hockenheim
• Timo Scheider is training on racing bike in Majorca
• Timo Bernhard is spending vacation in Florida

Ingolstadt, March 25, 2012 – The DTM is gearing up for its opening event. On
April 2, four weeks before the first race, the Audi A5 DTM will be testing at
Hockenheim. The media are cordially invited to attend.
Media day at Hockenheim: The DTM is inviting accredited journalists to a press
conference at the circuit. At 9.30 a.m. on April 2, Head of Audi Motorsport Dr.
Wolfgang Ullrich and his colleagues from the competitor brands will be on hand
before the season starts. Between 12.00 and 2 p.m., the drivers will be pleased to
answer all the questions of the media as well. In between, the A5 DTM that
embodies an eagerly awaited all-new touring car generation will be doing test laps
at Hockenheim.
Mileage for the body: Timo Scheider has been bitten by the biking bug. For weeks,
the Audi factory driver has been an enthusiast of this sport on a racing bicycle
specifically made for him. From the DTM test at Valencia, he privately traveled on to
Majorca. For one week, from March 24 to 31, he trained his body for the new
motorsport season on the Balearic Island on extensive biking tours.
Sportscar testing: Following the one-two victory at the Sebring 12 Hours, Audi
tested on the race track in Florida with eleven race drivers from Monday to Thursday.
After an accident by Timo Bernhard, who in an Audi R18 ultra had slipped backwards
into the tire stacks in turn 17 on Monday, Audi continued the tests with two R18 etron
quattro cars and an R18 TDI as a reference vehicle. Bernhard stayed at a local
hospital for medical checks until the middle of the week. An injury of the cervical
spine was diagnosed but did not require surgery. Afterwards, he started his vacation
in Florida with his wife Katharina.
Anniversary candidate: Dindo Capello is particularly happy about his fifth winner’s
trophy from Sebring. Last weekend, the Audi factory driver together with Tom
Kristensen and Allan McNish won the 60th running of the 12-hour race. Exactly ten
years ago, the Italian had already celebrated a victory on the 50th anniversary event
of this classic race.
Additional programs for two Audi factory drivers: Oliver Jarvis and Marco Bonanomi
will not only be reeling off a large number of test and race kilometers in the Audi
R18 ultra for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this year. Both are also
competing for the Belgian private WRT team in the Audi R8 LMS ultra. As Jarvis’
team partner in the FIA GT1 World Championship, Frank Stippler was nominated on
Thursday. Marco Bonanomi was announced in Belgium as the race driver for the
Blancpain Endurance Series. He will be sharing the cockpit with Laurens Vanthoor (B)
and Edward Sandström (S).
A word from ... Miguel Molina
This year, you are competing in the DTM in a team that is new for you. How was
your first meeting?
At Valencia, I just made a nice step forward with Audi Sport Team Phoenix. We’ve
only been working together since this winter but we’ve already got a pleasant and
productive atmosphere. I think we’ve put all the ingredients together to attract
attention this year.”
Ernst Moser’s team clinched the DTM title last year. Can this spirit be felt?
Absolutely! It’s a compact squad that wants to continue at the same level as last
year. You can feel that the team is giving everything for this – from my engineer and
team director Ernst Moser through to every single team member. That’s a good
feeling and gives me a lot of confidence.
You’ve just tested the Audi A5 DTM at Valencia. What’s your personal
We had one test day in rainy and one day in dry weather in Spain, and completed all
our programs as planned. The feeling of driving the new A5 DTM compared with the
old A4 DTM is a difference like night and day. There’s much more mechanical grip,
more aerodynamics, larger body dimensions: everything is new and completely
different. I like the A5 DTM better than its predecessor. And I’m happy that not only
Audi but also my partner Red Bull continue to be committed to me. I’m already
excited about the first race at Hockenheim on April 29.

Coming up next week
March 31 Birmingham (USA), round 02, GRAND-AM
April 01 Okayama (J), Super GT, round 01
April 01 Oschersleben (D), ADAC GT Masters, round 01
Audi Sport.

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