Audi Sport’s Nico Muller took victory in the season ending DTM race at Hockenheim on Sunday. The Swiss driver came home ahead of team mates Mike Rockenfeller and Rene Rast. Speaking following the action Muller said:
“That was the way I wanted to end this season. My team and Audi have done a great job in making the car competitive for wet conditions overnight. Today, we simply had the car we needed for these conditions. On top of that, we did everything right and secured the runner-up spot. For next season, I’m highly motivated. Of course, winning the title is always the ultimate goal. That’s exactly what we’ll be working towards.
Following the race, Rockenfeller commented saying:
“I made a good start – but, all of a sudden, René was alongside me in the Parabolika. After the red-flag, we decided to fit new tyres for the first stint, and that worked out well. We probably didn’t have the best pit-stop, but still a big compliment to the guys, because this time, on the right-front, we had somebody who had never done this before. He had to jump in as somebody else had fallen ill. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to follow Nico with my second set of tyres. Nevertheless: a great weekend for me, for our team, and for Audi. For next season, we’ll be working harder to be in contention for the championship.”
Rene Rast completed the podium for Audi with the 2019 DTM champion commenting saying:
“I was a bit surprised by my super start. In the opening corners, I overtook some cars and then I also overtook Mike in the Parabolika. However, I had to hope that he could see, which was pretty difficult in all the spray. After the restart and the pit-stop, we were a bit too conservative with the tyre pressures. When it rained less, it worked better, but we lost out at the end when the rain got heavier. Overall, we weren’t in the right window with the tyre pressures. After this great season, a third title will be our goal for next year, because winning three titles is something only a few drivers have achieved before.”
Timo Glock finished the race in fourth place just ahead of Britain’s Jamie Green in the Audi. BMW’s Joel Eriksson was sixth just ahead of Robin Frijns and Britain’s Jake Dennis in his Aston Martin.
Bruno Spengler was ninth for BMW just ahead of Loic Duval who rounded out the top ten ten for Audi. It was a disappointing race for Jenson Button in the Super GT Honda as he was unable to repeat his top ten finish from Saturday as he ended the race in 16th place and speaking following the race the 2009 Formula One world champion said:
Today was a hard day for us, but we have learned a lot. Certainly, the Japanese teams have a lot of insight now for the race in Fuji next month. And the DTM drivers have to prepare for different conditions there. All in all, I really enjoyed my weekend in the DTM. The atmosphere was great, the support from the fans: there are great brands competing against each other, and the racing is outstanding. It was great to be a part of it.”
The DTM will travel to Japan next month to join Super GT and speaking following the race, Chairman of ITR the parent company of the DTM said:
“Congratulations to René Rast and Audi. They dominated the DTM’s first season using the new four-cylinder turbo engines, particularly during the second half of the season. I tip my hat to René, who really is an extraordinary driver. However, I also congratulate R-Motorsport and BMW. R-Motorsport have developed the Aston Martin in record time and have been running four cars since the start of the season. Over the course of the year, they have shown continuous progress and have scored points regularly. BMW showed their fighting spirit: Marco Wittmann often stood out and was rewarded with third place in the drivers’ standings. The DTM season ended with a highlight at Hockenheim: the participation of the three cars from the SUPER GT series was historic. The support of DTM’s fans for Jenson Button and his four fellow drivers from Japan was huge. Unfortunately, the rainy weather really made it difficult for them. Now, however, we’re looking forward to the joint races at Fuji on 23 and 24 November.”