Audi Sport’s Mike Rockenfeller took victory in the second race of the Assen DTM race weekend on Sunday in the Netherlands at the Cathedral of Speed.
Rockenfeller came home just ahead of race one winner Marco Wittmann for BMW while Nico Muller completed the podium in third place in his Audi. Jonathan Aberdein came home in fourth place for WRT Team Audi Sport while Rene Rast rounded out the top five for Audi Sport Team Rosberg.
Speaking following the race, Rockenfeller said:
“I’m over the moon! The DTM is one of the world’s most challenging race series – and yesterday, we ended up in the lower midfield with the same set-up; but today, we were at the front. I had a great qualifying session and made a good start to the race. I knew that it would be all about tyre management today. I tried to save them as much as I could – and that paid off. When the gap to the drivers behind me increased, I paid attention to every noise in the car. Therefore, I was happy when I saw the chequered flag.
Marco Wittmann commented saying:
Of course, qualifying was a disappointment after the good results on Saturday. From last on the grid, my hopes for a good result weren’t particularly high because overtaking is difficult here at Assen. However, after the opening lap, I was up to 10th or 11th place and was able to quickly work my way up to sixth. But then I got stuck behind the Audis – that’s why we stopped early and attempted the undercut. It worked out, then after that it was all about tyre management.”
Speaking following the race, Nico Muller commented saying:
This DTM season is remarkable. Today, tyre management was the key to success. For me, it was on the limit as well, but it worked out. At the end, I would’ve liked to attack a bit more and fight harder with Marco. However, I was losing pressure in my right rear tyre and didn’t want to take any risks, so I stayed away from the kerbs. I wanted to keep the pressure up, but at the same time not risk too much. At the end of the day, I am really happy with third place.
Robin Frijns finished the race in sixth place just ahead of Daniel Juncadella and R Motorsports Paul Di Resta who recovered from a tough race on Saturday to finish the event in eighth place.
Jamie Green was ninth for Audi team Rosberg while Pietro Fittipaldi rounded out the top ten for WRT Audi Sport. Loic Duval was 11th for Audi Sport Team Phoenix while Ferdinand Von Habsburg was 12th for the R Motorsport 2. Philipp Eng was 13th just ahead of Timo Glock in the BMW ZF M4.
Sheldon Van Der Linde came home in 15th place while his team mate Joel Eriksson rounded out the order in 16th place. It was a disappointing race for Bruno Spengler and Jake Dennis as they both retired from the race.
Speaking following the race in Assen, DTM Chairman and former Formula One driver Gerhard Berger said:
It’s my first time in Assen and I’ve been hugely impressed. On Saturday evening, I did a lap of the track, and have to say: I don’t understand why Formula 1 isn’t racing here. It’s one of the best circuits I’ve ever seen: high-speed corners, high safety standards, a vast paddock, large grandstands, huge parkings with a good infrastructure and a good organisation; a state-of-the-art facility. Just perfect. I’ve been positively surprised by everything. And the promoter has made a huge effort and done a great deal of promotion ahead of the event. That has definitely paid off. We experienced a great debut for DTM at Assen.