Friday 9 September 2011

DTM Oschersleben: Advantage Audi

DTM Oschersleben: Advantage Audi

• Martin Tomczyk travels to Oschersleben as new leader of the standings
• Five Audi victories at the first seven races of the 2011 season
• Motorsport Arena has always suited Audi particularly well

Ingolstadt, September 9, 2011 – Audi 5, Mercedes-Benz 2. The interim statistics
in the 2011 DTM send a clear message. And from September 16 to 18 the
Motorsport Arena Oschersleben is a track on the calendar that has suited Audi
particularly well in recent years.
The brand with the four rings has won four of the last seven DTM races at
Oschersleben since its return to the series with a manufacturer’s commitment. Five
times an Audi A4 DTM has started from the top grid position and as many as four
times the front row belonged only to the brand from Ingolstadt.
The first pole position for the Audi A4 DTM at Oschersleben was clinched in 2004 by
a certain Martin Tomczyk. Seven years later the 29-year-old is traveling to the circuit
in the flatlands around Magdeburg as the leader of the standings and three-time
winner this season. The driver from Audi Sport Team Phoenix scored points at all
seven races in 2011, was on podium five times and never finished below fifth place.
If the driver from Rosenheim, Bavaria, who is living in Switzerland continues this
way, then he will have excellent chances of becoming the third German champion in
the “new” DTM that has been held since 2000, following Bernd Schneider and Timo
Scheider – and, what’s more, as the driver of a “used car.”
Mathematically, seven drivers still have chances of winning the prestigious title:
Martin Tomczyk, his immediate rival Bruno Spengler, Mattias Ekström, Timo
Scheider, Jamie Green, Mike Rockenfeller and Ralf Schumacher. From a realistic
perspective, however, the title fight has narrowed down to the duel between
Tomczyk and Spengler who before the last three rounds are separated by only one

As was most recently the case at Brands Hatch, positioning as many Audi A4 DTM
cars in front of Spengler will be a crucial factor. So the fact that Tomczyk’s brand
colleagues like the Oschersleben circuit as he does comes in handy – first and
foremost Timo Scheider, who won at the Motorsport Arena in 2008 and 2009 and
who missed a possible hat-trick in 2010 only due to a puncture. His team-mates
from Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller, have
previously mounted the DTM podium at Oschersleben too. Rahel Frey managed this
feat in Formula 3. Edoardo Mortara, who achieved a strong third-place finish at
Brands Hatch, secured the title in the Formula 3 Euro Series at Oschersleben in
2010. Filipe Albuquerque even lived at Oschersleben for a while. And Oliver Jarvis
and Miguel Molina like the track as well.
So the Audi squad has good prerequisites for raising the score in the prestige duel
against Mercedes-Benz to 6-2 and to extend its overall lead. Mercedes, a strong
competitor, of course will do everything within their means to strike back after two
consecutive defeats. ARD will broadcast the third from last DTM race of the year live
on Sunday, September 18, starting at 1:45 p.m., CEST.
Other topics of the weekend
• How will the Hankook tires perform at Oschersleben?
• Will all three Audi teams again be able to fight for podium positions?
• Will Rahel Frey be able to continue the good performance she showed at Brands
• Will Miguel Molina finally score his first point of the season?

Quotes by the officials

Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “The great result at Brands Hatch
provides additional motivation to the whole team. It would certainly be good if we
could take the momentum from there to Oschersleben with us. We’re in a very
balanced situation. Martin (Tomczyk) is leading by just one point. The decision must
now be made in the last three races. Being on a roll as we are after this one-twothree
result, we’ll all try to take advantage of it.”
Hans-Jürgen Abt (Team Director Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline): “We’ve got fond
memories of Oschersleben. But the hot phase in the battle for the title is starting
now. We’ll try as best we can to support Martin (Tomczyk). A driver of a year-old car
winning the championship would be a historic topic. The team will do everything
within its means at Oschersleben to show the kind of performance it did at Brands
Ernst Moser (Team Director Audi Sport Team Phoenix): “Naturally, a one-point lead
in the standings by Martin Tomczyk is not a cushion. But it may be the crucial point
at the end of the season ...! The result at Brands Hatch has helped us; our selfconfidence
continues to rise. Martin is in good spirits, and so is the team.
Oschersleben suits us well and it helps not having so much weight on board. Rahel
Frey’s curve is clearly pointing upward. She drove the ninth-fastest lap at Brands
Hatch and was always quick. Although a spin and an excursion prevented a really
good result, we want to continue her good development.”
Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “At Oschersleben we
clinched our first podium place with Audi. At Brands Hatch we most recently
mounted the podium for the second time. Of course we want to continue to ride the
wave of success from that weekend. Besides Edoardo Mortara, Filipe Albuquerque
drove a good race as well. I’d be pleased to see him also finish in the points next
time. I’m optimistic.”

Facts and quotes by the Audi drivers

Filipe Albuquerque (26/P), TV Movie Audi A4 DTM #18 (Audi Sport Team
• Already knows Oschersleben from junior racing series
• Briefly lived in the Magdeburg flatlands
“Oschersleben is the DTM track I know best. While contesting Formula Renault I
was even living with my team in Oschersleben some of the time. I’ve got many fond
memories of this track. I’m hoping for my results in the DTM to improve now and
that I’ll finally be able to clinch the good result I’ve been working hard to achieve.”

Mattias Ekström (33/S), Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #8 (Audi Sport Team Abt
• Celebrated second place at Brands Hatch and is now in third place of the
• The two-time DTM Champion has never won at Oschersleben before
“At Oschersleben I’ve had some good as well as some bad races. This year I simply
want to experience a good weekend in every respect and show my maximum
performance. We’ve got to wait and see whether it’ll be a podium, a victory or just a
result among the top five. I remain modest. I’ve been going back and forth between
happy feelings and disappointment only too often. I’m hoping for a flawless
weekend from Friday to Sunday and to be able to show a top performance.”

Rahel Frey (25/CH), Glamour Audi A4 DTM #15 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
• Most recently, at Brands Hatch, set the ninth-best lap time
• Clinched a podium place in Formula 3 at Oschersleben in 2009
“I’m very much looking forward to Oschersleben. In Formula 3 I even mounted the
podium there, in third place. I know the circuit pretty well. It is a very technical,
demanding track. It’ll be a big challenge. It’s important to fully run over the kerbs in
the chicane in the DTM car. You also have to drive like that in the last sector in order
to take momentum with you.”

Oliver Jarvis (27/GB), Audi Sport performance cars A4 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team
• Has started from rows two and three at previous events at Oschersleben
• Just barely missed a points finish at Brands Hatch
“Oschersleben is one of the toughest tracks on the calendar for our race cars. But I
do consider this circuit one of my favorites and have some successes there.
Hopefully, I’ll manage a good result for Audi. Especially in the chicane you’ve got to
drive very aggressively. It’s easy to lose a lot of time here.”

Miguel Molina (22/E), Red Bull Audi A4 DTM #22 (Audi Sport Team Abt Junior)
• Started from the fourth row at Brands Hatch
• After several collisions was forced to retire from his race in England
• Is still waiting to score his first point this season
“Unfortunately, my race at Oschersleben was very short last year. I was involved in
an accident right on the first lap. But that doesn’t change the fact that I really like
this track and can remember well how to tackle this race. The set-up is important
and the car has to show a certain jumping behavior on the high kerbs. At the same
time, it has to be well balanced in the fast, longer corners. I’ll give everything to
achieve a good result.”

Edoardo Mortara (24/I/F), Playboy Audi A4 DTM #19 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
• The DTM rookie clinched his first podium position at Brands Hatch
• The Rosberg racer, as the best newcomer of the season, is ranking in eighth
place of the standings
“After the podium result at Brands Hatch I’m definitely looking forward to
Oschersleben. But I don’t know exactly what to expect at the next run. Our aim is for
me to finish among the top eight. I don’tknow the track very well yet. I’ve only been
there once before, in Formula 3 last year. It could still become a nice weekend
because Audi has always been pretty good there.”

Mike Rockenfeller (27/D), E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM #9 (Audi Sport Team Abt
• At Brands Hatch, started from his first pole position in the DTM
• Clinched his first DTM podium result at Oschersleben in 2007
“Like at Brands Hatch, I’ll try to make a good showing in qualifying. If possible, I
want to move all the way to the front. And then my goal is to win the race.
Technically, the circuit is very demanding. I like the track and have been very
successful there. We’ll probably have very close gaps again.”

Timo Scheider (32/D), AUTO TEST Audi A4 DTM #4 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
• In 2008 and 2009 was the winner at Oschersleben in the Audi A4 DTM
• Was in contention for victory last year until suffering a puncture
“Oschersleben is linked to the strongest emotions in my DTM career. My first DTM
victory will always be very special. The first champion’s title followed in the same
year. That’s what makes this so very special. I really like Oschersleben a lot, even
though I can’t name a specific reason why. I feel comfortable on this track from the
first turn onward. I can quickly tell where the car starts to reach its limits and don’t
have to cautiously approach this first. I’m traveling there with a very positive

Martin Tomczyk (29/D), Schaeffler Audi A4 DTM #14 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
• Travels to Oschersleben as the new leader of the standings
• Has already clinched three podium places there
“I’m arriving at the next race as the hunted. Oschersleben has always been a great
weekend for Audi in the past. Of course I’m hoping it’ll be the same again this year.
There are many long corners that have always suited our Audi A4 DTM well.”
The Audi drivers in the 2011 DTM
Filipe Albuquerque (P): * Jun 13, 1985 in Coimbra (P); residence: Coimbra (P);
single; height: 1.74 m; weight: 64 kg; Audi driver since 2011; DTM races: 7; pole
positions: 0; victories: 0 (best result: 8th place); fastest laps: 0; points: 1; DTM
titles: 0; best result, DTM Oschersleben: –
Mattias Ekström (S): * Jul 14, 1978 in Falun (S); residence: Salenstein (CH); single
(partner Heidi), one son (Mats); height: 1.83 m; weight: 79 kg; Audi driver since
2001; DTM races: 111; pole positions: 17; victories: 15; fastest laps: 11; points:
5113; DTM titles: 2 (2004, 2007); best result, DTM Oschersleben: 2
Rahel Frey (CH): * Feb 23, 1986 in Niederbipp (CH); residence: Aedermannsdorf
(CH); single; height: 1.63 m; weight: 50 kg; Audi driver since 2011; DTM races: 7;
pole positions: 0; victories: 0 (best result: 15th place) fastest laps: 0; points: 0; DTM
titles: 0; best result, DTM Oschersleben: –
Oliver Jarvis (GB): * Jan 09, 1984 in Burwell (GB); residence: Ermatingen (CH);
single; height: 1.80 m; weight: 70 kg; Audi driver since 2008; DTM races: 39; pole
positions: 1; victories: 0 (best result: 2nd place); fastest laps: 0; points: 51; DTM
titles: 0; best result, DTM Oschersleben: 13
Miguel Molina (E): * Feb 17, 1989 in Girona (E); residence: Lloret de Mar (E); single;
height: 1.75 m; weight: 62 kg; Audi driver since 2010; DTM races: 18; pole
positions: 0; victories: 0 (best result: 4th place); fastest laps: 1; points: 15; DTM
titles: 0; best result, DTM Oschersleben: –
Edoardo Mortara (I/F): * Jan 12, 1987 in Geneva (CH); residence: Geneva (CH);
single; height: 1.82 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi driver since 2011; DTM races: 7; pole
positions: 0; victories: 0 (best result: 3rd place); fastest laps: 0; points: 15; DTM
titles: 0; best result, DTM Oschersleben: –
Mike Rockenfeller (D): * Oct 31, 1983 in Neuwied (D); residence: Altnau (CH);
single; height: 1.75 m; weight: 67 kg; Audi driver since 2007; DTM races: 48; pole
positions: 1; victories: 1; fastest laps: 2; points: 66; DTM titles: 0; best result, DTM
Oschersleben: 3
Timo Scheider (D): * Nov 11, 1978 in Lahnstein (D); residence: Lochau (A); single,
(partner Jessica), one son (Loris); height: 1.78 m; weight: 74 kg; Audi driver since
2006; DTM races: 116; pole positions: 9; victories: 6; fastest laps: 7; points: 348;
DTM titles: 2 (2008, 2009); best result, DTM Oschersleben: 1
Martin Tomczyk (D): * Dec 07, 1981 in Rosenheim (D); residence: Aesch/Basel (CH);
single (partner Christina); height: 1.88 m; weight: 75 kg; Audi driver since 2001;
DTM races: 110; pole positions: 8; victories: 7; fastest laps: 6; points: 299; DTM
titles: 0; best result, DTM Oschersleben: 2

2011 DTM point standings
1 Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM) 50 points
2 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) 49 points
3 Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) 29 points
4 Timo Scheider (Audi A4 DTM) 29 points
5 Jamie Green (Mercedes-Benz) 25 points
6 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi A4 DTM) 23 points
7 Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes-Benz) 21 points
8 Edoardo Mortara (Audi A4 DTM) 15 points
9 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) 15 points
10 Oliver Jarvis (Audi A4 DTM) 10 points
11 Maro Engel (Mercedes-Benz) 3 points
12 Tom Kristensen (Audi A4 DTM) 2 points
13 David Coulthard (Mercedes-Benz) 1 point
14 Filipe Albuquerque (Audi A4 DTM) 1 point
2011 DTM season interim statistics
Victories: Mercedes-Benz 2; Audi 5
Pole positions: Mercedes-Benz 4; Audi 3
Fastest laps: Mercedes-Benz 4; Audi 3
Leading laps: Mercedes-Benz 135; Audi 235
Audi DTM statistics
Pole positions: 61
Victories: 59
Fastest laps: 50
Champion’s titles: 7 (1990, 1991, 2002, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009)
All Oschersleben winners since 2000
2000 Manuel Reuter (Opel), Manuel Reuter (Opel), Uwe Alzen (Opel), Bernd Schneider
2001 Marcel Fässler (Mercedes-Benz)
2004 Tom Kristensen (Audi)
2005 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)
2006 Tom Kristensen (Audi)
2007 Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz)
2008 Timo Scheider (Audi)
2009 Timo Scheider (Audi)
2010 Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz)
Track info
Track length: 3.696 km
Race distance: 50 laps = 184.800 km
DTM qualifying record on this track: Timo Scheider (Audi), 1m 21.146s = 163.971
km/h (April 19, 2008)
DTM race record on this track: Timo Scheider (Audi), 1m 22.991s = 160.326 km/h
(September 19, 2010)
Pole position 2010: Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-Benz), 1m 21.394s = 163.472 km/h
(September 18, 2010)
Fastest lap 2010: Timo Scheider (Audi), 1m 22.991s = 160.326 km/h (September
19, 2010)
Turnout 2010: 62,000
TV live rating 2010: 1.12 million/8.6 % market share (Source: ARD)
Filipe Albuquerque about Oschersleben: “I won the last time I raced at Oschersleben in a
junior series. The track is very technical and the large number of bends – turns 1, 3 and 4 –
are very challenging. The chicane is difficult because you have to be able to assess exactly
how to drive over the kerbs. It’ll certainly be totally different in a DTM car than before with a
formula car. The tarmac was very gentle to the tires on my race car when I’ve driven there,
but it can be totally different in touring car racing. Overtaking is very difficult around this
track. The first and sixth corner are probably the most suitable ones to attack, and not to
forget the entry to the ‘S’ on the back straight. If yo make a small mistake you’re quickly
overtaken yourself.”
2010 flashback
By clinching third place at Oschersleben Mattias Ekström maintained his title
chances. Timo Scheider on the other hand retired from the title race, losing the
chance for victory due to a puncture. With Mike Rockenfeller and Alexandre Prémat
on positions five and six Audi Sport Team Phoenix scored twice. Martin Tomczyk in
eighth place grabbed one point in his 100th DTM race.

2010 results
1 Paul Di Resta (Mercedes) 50 laps in 1h 11m 05.254s
2 Bruno Spengler (Mercedes) + 1.271s
3 Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM) + 3.562s
4 Gary Paffett (Mercedes) + 4.602s
5 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi A4 DTM) + 21.896s
6 Alexandre Prémat (Audi A4 DTM) + 26.001s
8 Martin Tomczyk (Audi A4 DTM) + 30.251s
11 Timo Scheider (Audi A4 DTM) + 56.715s
13 Oliver Jarvis (Audi A4 DTM) + 1m 12.896s

Friday, September 16
09:40–10:10 Roll-out
10:10–10:15 Starting practice
13:35–15:05 Free practice 1
15:05–15:10 Starting practice
Saturday, September 17
09:45–11:15 Free practice 2
13:50–15:00 Qualifying
Sunday, September 18
09:45–10:15 Warm-up
14:00 Race
TV schedule
Saturday, September 17
13:35–15:20 Qualifying
Sunday, September 18
13:45–15:45 Race

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