Published on October 19th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Audi DTM team puts on a proper show, clean sweep of podium
18 races, ten victories, 21 podiums, ten fastest race laps and eight pole positions: The Audi RS 5 DTM was the strongest car in the 2015 DTM season. Still, in the end, this tally was only enough for the brand with the four rings to take second, third and fourth place in the drivers’ classification, second place among the manufacturers, and third place in the teams’ classification. Jamie Green was 19 points short of winning the drivers’ title and the margin in the title race of the manufacturers’ classification, with 602 versus 595 points, was even smaller.
The first one was imposed on Nico Müller (Audi Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM) for a pit stop violation (‘unsafe release’). On lap 16, there was a collision between Christian Vietoris (Mercedes) and the two Audi drivers Miguel Molina (Teufel Audi RS 5 DTM) and Adrien Tambay (Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM), which meant the end of the race for Tambay, who had been running in position four in the early stage.
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM) and Edoardo Mortara (Castrol EDGE Audi RS 5 DTM) in positions two and three perfected Audi’s one-two-three result in the finale. Ekström dropped to fourth place at the start, but on the first few laps snatched the BMW of Maxime Martin and the Mercedes of Gary Paffett. In second place, the Swede secured third place in the drivers’ classification.
Edoardo Mortara battled his way forward from position 13 on the grid to third place. Unlike most of the other drivers, the Italian pitted late to change tires – exactly the right strategy for him. Timo Scheider in the AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix, following his victory on Saturday, again scored valuable points in fifth place. His teammate Mike Rockenfeller finished the last race of the season in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM in 15th place.