Published on April 5th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audi RS 5 DTM Impressive Pre-Season DTM Tests
It was a positive and productive test for us, explained Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. We covered many kilometers over the four days and were able to complete the majority of our test program. All the drivers seem satisfied, which speaks for the new RS 5 DTM and our intensive preparation over the winter. I think we are step further ahead at this moment than we were at the same time last year. Nevertheless, we have plenty of work to do before the season opener on May 4 at Hockenheim and only then will we really know exactly where we stand compared to the competition.
The first three race cars for the 2014 season and a test car of the new RS 5 DTM, called RC3 internally at Audi Sport, were available for the three Audi Sport teams Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg. Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider drove the test car. The eight drivers completed different test programs, which included tire test, race simulations and pit stops as well as the testing of different development configurations.
The fastest lap time among all the Audi drivers was recorded on Tuesday afternoon by newcomer Nico Müller in the orange colored Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM from Audi Sport Team Rosberg (1m 37.505s). The 22-year old star of tomorrow was also the busiest Audi driver after completing 277 test laps.
The third race of the 2014 DTM season is on the agenda at the Hungaroring on June 1. During the test days, the Audi drivers already noticed the enormous enthusiasm the Hungarians have for motorsport: the drivers were welcomed by autograph hunters as they arrived at the airport in Budapest. Several hundreds of fans followed the test days at the Hungaroring. There will be another official test between April 14-17 is on the agenda at the Hockenheimring before the season opener on May 4.