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15.07.2013

Quotes after the race at the Norisring



Ingolstadt/Nuremberg, July 14, 2013 – Mattias Ekström clinched the first victory for Audi at the Norisring since 2002 – quotes after a memorable race.
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “Ever since we returned to the
DTM with a factory-backed commitment in 2004 we’ve been waiting for this
moment. A victory at the Norisring in front of this fantastic crowd, such a large
number of Audi fans and our employees is simply a very special one. I’m particularly
pleased about Mattias (Ekström) of all drivers having been the one to clinch this
long-awaited success for Audi because in all the years here at the Norisring he was
strong and often came very close to winning. Now it finally happened and, to top it
off, it happened on his birthday. Having achieved the home victory at the Norisring
just three weeks after the triumph at Le Mans is simply fantastic and a great reward
for the whole squad that worked hard to achieve this. Tonight, we’ll really
celebrate!”

Dieter Gass (Head of DTM): “This is no doubt a fantastic result for us – almost in
every respect. First of all, sincere congratulations to ‘Eki’ (Mattias Ekström) and
Team Abt. They did everything right and had a superb strategy. Surely, they were a
bit fortunate with the safety car as well. Mike Rockenfeller recovered from position
21 on the grid to fifth place with an extremely risky strategy which he was able to
put on track by an intelligent driving style though. Obviously, it’s a pity for Edo
(Mortara). He had the podium in sight and it was just a question of finishing in
second or third place. The actions that happened there were no doubt borderline but
that’s still got to be looked at.”

Filipe Albuquerque (Audi Financial Services RS 5 DTM), 12th place
“At the start, I lost a few places. I wasn’t able to keep the pace of the cars running
on option tires. My pace only improved later. In the safety car period, we stayed out
which didn’t pay off strategically. In the further course of the race, I caught cars
that had already made two stops. So, in the end, I had to settle for twelfth place.”

Edoardo Mortara (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM), retirement
“This is a disappointing result after a perfect weekend. After the collision with Gary
(Paffett) three laps before the end we weren’t able to finish the race although we
firmly had a podium finish in sight. On my part, this was no intention. Things are
simply not running smoothly for us at the moment. But I’m positively looking ahead
to the next race.”

Arno Zensen (Team Director Audi Sport Team Rosberg): “Actually, the weekend
had been wonderful for us up to the last three laps. Edo (Mortara) drove a great
race. We were struggling with the gap to Gary (Paffett). When we thought that he
was on a par with Gary we called him into the pits, unfortunately, the stop wasn’t
good. That’s why Edo got behind Gary and thus this unfortunate incident happened.
It’s a shame because a lot more would really have been possible today. Filipe
(Albuquerque) had a poor start and dropped far behind the safety car. We’ve still
got to analyze this. Unfortunately, it again wasn’t our weekend.”