On the race track at Oschersleben in the fertile lowlands of Magdeburg, Audi driver Mattias Ekström scored a thrashing victory in 2011, with an advantage of 42 seconds – a world of difference in DTM racing. “I remember the wet race well,” says Ekström, who clinched his previous victories in the 2015 season, at Hockenheim and at the Red Bull Ring, in rain and difficult conditions as well. Will it work out this time? The prerequisites for this to happen will be similar to those most recently at Spielberg and Moscow where Ekström was driving the heaviest car in the field in both events. Still, he claimed a victory, a third place and a total of 50 points in the drivers’ standings, rewarding him with the top spot on the leaderboard.
Audi has won at Oschersleben four times so far. Le Mans legend Tom Kristensen (2004) and Timo Scheider (2008) each celebrated the first victory in their DTM careers there. In 2013, Audi managed to put all eight cars into the top ten, and thus in the points, at Oschersleben – a DTM record. Most of the Audi drivers have fond memories of the Motorsport Arena. Moscow winner Mike Rockenfeller finished the race in both of the past two years as the runner-up.
Edoardo Mortara has been on the DTM podium at Oschersleben twice and in 2010 secured the championship title in Formula 3 there. Jamie Green clinched his first DTM podium for Audi in 2013 and last year had an advantage of more than ten seconds when the safety car was deployed and thwarted a possible victory. Timo Scheider, who won twice in a row there in 2008 and 2009 and, following his compulsory break at Moscow, is returning to the cockpit of his Audi RS 5 DTM, has a very special relationship with the East German track.
The first of the two DTM races at Oschersleben will start earlier than usual on Saturday, September 12, at 13.33 and the second one on Sunday, September 13, at 15.13. ARD live coverage will begin on Saturday at 13.00 (CEST) and on Sunday at 15.00 on ‘Das Erste.’ In addition, there will be live streaming online at dtm.com. The Audi Sport TT Cup will be racing again as part of the supporting program – including ex-DTM Champion Frank Biela and others as guest entrants.