Published on June 22nd, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audi DTM prepares itself for the Norisring
Norisring is perhaps one of the more bizarre, simplistic tracks on the DTM calendar. It’s a street circuit based in Nuremberg- a place some of you may recognize for it’s prominence during World War 2. Operating since just after the end of the war, this street circuit is roughly 2.3 kilometers long.
And yet it’s considered one of the highlights for the DTM season, because fans can get up close and personal with the cars in action. Street circuits, treacherous and destructive as they may be, are extremely good for public relations and drawing a crowd. After all, we’re going to have a street-circuit race in our own Kuala Lumpur soon enough.
For Audi, Norisring represents the halfway point for the DTM season. They’ve been fighting hard and dominating for the past 9 months, and plenty of the Audi drivers in the grid are eager to snatch up a coveted place on the podium. It also represents a 25 year anniversary for Audi at Norisring, when their Audi Quattro took the podium back in 1990.
As per the revised regulations for DTM, some of the Audi contenders will be running quite a high amount of ballast, after winning the past 4 legs of the DTM in a row. At 1140 kilograms they may only be 35 kilograms heavier than the lightest cars on the grid, but every bit of weight counts when jockeying for position.
In total, there will be 8 Audi RS5 DTMs on the grid this weekend, with plenty of variation in livery. Watch them contend with BMW and Mercedes in a proper brawl on the streets of Nuremberg in the 27th and 28th of June- and perhaps this time some of the other manufacturers may stand a chance.