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06.06.2013

Edoardo Mortara takes grid position three for Audi



Thrilling DTM qualifying at the Red Bull Ring (Austria) Three Audi RS 5 DTM on the first three rows of the grid Controversial penalty for leader of the standings Mike Rockenfeller
Ingolstadt/Spielberg, June 1, 2013 – With grid positions three, five and six, Audi
has achieved a solid starting base for the DTM race at the Red Bull Ring in
Spielberg (Sunday live on “Das Erste” starting at 13:15). The fastest Audi driver
in qualifying was last year’s winner Edoardo Mortara in the Playboy Audi RS 5
DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg.

This year marks the third visit of the DTM to the 4.326-kilometer Red Bull Ring in
Spielberg. And for the third time, Edoardo Mortara managed to qualify for the
shoot-out that determines the top four grid positions. In the end, the Italian had to
succumb to the two BMW drivers Bruno Spengler and Marco Wittmann by just a
narrow margin.

“In Q4, I was struggling a bit with warming up the tires,” said the Audi driver. “But
I’m happy and satisfied that we’ve found our form from last year again. Last year, I
clinched my first victory here. Now we’ve managed the best qualifying this season so
far after suffering a lot of misfortune on the first two race weekends.”

The spectators at Spielberg and TV viewers saw another extremely thrilling DTM
qualifying session in which the entire field was separated by less than a second. As is
often the case in the DTM, hundredths and thousandths decided about being ‘out’ or
moving on to the next qualifying segment.

Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM/Audi Sport Team Abt) and Mortara’s
team-mate Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM) in fifth and sixth
place just barely missed the leap into the top four. With Mike Rockenfeller
(Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM/Audi Sport Team Phoenix) in position eight, another Audi
driver made it into the top ten.

“After the victory at Brands Hatch we decided that we’d make a more cohesive
showing at the front, and with three Audi RS 5 DTM cars on the first three rows of
the grid we managed to do this pretty well today,” commented Dieter Gass, Head of
DTM at Audi Sport. “Naturally, we’d have liked clinching the third consecutive pole
position but BMW was a little bit faster in this close qualifying. Congratulations to
Munich but congratulations also to Edo (Mortara), who made it into Q4 for the third
time in succession here at the Red Bull Ring. Now we’re all very eager to see what
the weather will be doing tomorrow.”

For race day, changeable weather has been forecast in Styria. And the starting grid
will change as well, due to controversial penalties: Before qualifying started, Mike
Rockenfeller (8) and Jamie Green (17) were each moved back by five positions on the
grid. In the opinion of the sport stewards, both drivers had failed to sufficiently
reduce their speed in a dangerous sector in the morning’s free practice. For this
reason, the grid positions of Mattias Ekström (15), Adrien Tambay (18) and Miguel
Molina (20) are partially provisional at the moment as well.

Audi has been unbeaten in the DTM so far at the new Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. In
2011, Martin Tomczyk won and in 2012 Edoardo Mortara. Fans around the world
can watch the race live on the DTM’s new YouTube channel on
www.youtube.com/dtmint on Sunday from 13:30. 39 TV channels in total air live
coverage of the DTM in 141 countries.