09 Oct Sixth place at the season finale
Team Rosberg closed the 2022 DTM season with a sixth and an eleventh place. At the 4.574 kilometers long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, Dev Gore already had a great qualifying with seventh position; up to now he has never been classified better in a DTM qualifying session. Throughout the race, the American was even able to work his way up to fourth place, however various collisions with rivals threw him back again. In the end, he was classified eleventh. His team mate Nico Müller also had contact with an opponent in the early stages, which damaged his car. Despite this, the Swiss was able to finish sixth.
Nico Müller: “Right during the early stages of the race, a rival drove into my car when he came back on the track after running wide. After that, my car was damaged and the race turned into a battle – under these circumstances sixth place was the maximum for me. All in all, today’s finale of my nine-year DTM period was very nice with many spectators and a very good atmosphere overall.”
Dev Gore: “The qualifying set-up for our Audi was extremely good, so maybe something even better than seventh place would have been possible. My race start was pretty good too, but on the following laps, I kept being pushed onto the dirty part of the track. As a result, my tyres picked up a lot of dirt, which made it difficult to keep up with the front. And finally, after colliding with Luca Stolz, I spun into the gravel and dropped back to the end of the field. Overall, however, we made a step forward this weekend.”
Kimmo Liimatainen (team principal): “First of all, congratulations to Sheldon van der Linde and to Schubert Motorsport on the well-deserved titles in the drivers’ and teams’ classifications. And, of course, congratulations to the manufacturer champion Audi – to which we were also able to contribute our part to. The day started off with a good qualifying session; for Dev it was even the best in his entire DTM career so far. He fought well during the race and his pace was strong, especially at the beginning. He has once again proven that he has noticeably improved this season. After contact with a rival, Nico just could not do better than sixth place – which is a shame because we would have wished for a podium finish as a goodbye. Throughout our two years together, he has done a lot to help us grow, for which we are very grateful.”