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Published on October 13th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez

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DTM title slim for Audi, but they’re trying anyway

The Audi RS 5 DTM has been unbeaten in the past three races at the Grand Prix circuit in Baden-Württemberg not far from Audi’s Neckarsulm plant. In last year’s finale at Hockenheim, the brand even notched up a one-two-three triumph. The Audi RS 5 DTM has been the DTM car to be beaten ever since, as eight wins have been celebrated by Audi in the 16 races of the 2015 season held so far. Five times victory went to BMW and three times to Mercedes-Benz.

Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), Mattias Ekström

Theoretically, Audi is still able to win the DTM manufacturers’ and drivers’ classifications under its own power at Hockenheim. However, to do so, the four rings would have to pull off a performance of similar perfection as the one in Sunday’s race at the Lausitzring when Audi finished in the top ten with seven cars.

Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM #5 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline), Mattias Ekström, Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #99 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix), Mike Rockenfeller

The race is tight. Four drivers from three different manufacturers have the opportunity to take the driver’s title, but for Audi the suffering of weight penalties for their wins earlier on have cost them half the races through the season. Their brief burst of performance was followed by a spate of defeats, but they will endure and hopefully they can see the last few races through to take the manufacturer’s title.

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