Photo and report Willem J. Staat
Laurent Aiello provided Audi their last win in 2012 in the DTM-series. The Ingolstadt marque from which the works are closely situated to the Norisring had to wait for another 14 years before Edoardo Mortara took the laurels in the Sprint Race on Saturday. A misjudged move Audi-driver Mattias Ekström robbed Canadian Mercedes driver Robert Wickens and Christian Vietoris in the Grundigbend from a potential victory. After 49 laps of racing the Audi’s from Edoardo Mortara and Jamie Green passed the chequered flag first. Paul Di Resta took third with Paul Di Resta in 3rd position. Vietoris still managed to bring his battered car home in 10th position.
Mattias Ekström caught pole for the Main Race but had been dropped four places for his actions in R1 on the grid. However that did not matter as he quickly retired. The race developed into a fantastic battle for the lead between ABT Audi-driver Nico Müller and RBM BMW driver Tom Blomqvist, regularly swapping positions until the Abt driver got the lead after a perfect pitstop and did beat Blomqvist with only 0.670 secs. Maxime Martin took 3rd in the second RBM BMW M4. Paul di Resta and Lucas Auer followed in fouth and fifth place. With 6th Marco Wittmann collected valuable points to take the lead in the tablestandings.
Two European F3 races were being taken by Canadian Lance Stroll with a Premapower Team Dallara Mercedes. Antoine Hubert won for VAR the second race also with a Dallara Mercedes. Too many crashed and incidents overshadowed the F3 races. In the Audi TT Cup Lucas di Grassi took a spectacular win in R2 on Sunday.