By Dominique Chesnais | July 5, 2014 | 0 Comment
Pole position for Adrien Tambay and Audi at DTM season opener
Ingolstadt, May 3, 2014 – For the third time in succession, Audi will start the
DTM season opener at the Hockenheimring from the top spot on the grid. The
Frenchman Adrien Tambay, the 23-year-old son of the former Formula 1 star
Patrick Tambay, secured the first pole position in his still young DTM career in a
thrilling qualifying session.
Following months of development and testing, the hour of truth came for the Audi
squad on Saturday at 16.25. The pleasant conclusion drawn from the year’s first real
assessment of where the squad stands: The new-generation Audi RS 5 DTM is fast.
Adrien Tambay in the Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM beat last year’s best time by more than
a second. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline managed to get all four cars into the top
eight and thus into the crucial third qualifying segment. With seven RS 5 DTM cars
on the best 13 grid positions Audi managed a strong overall showing.
“The pole position is a great beginning of the new season,” said Dieter Gass, Head of
DTM at Audi Sport. “It’s a nice reward for what was really an extremely hard
workload handled by the whole squad in recent months. Today we saw that the new
RS 5 DTM is fast. But BMW is strong as well and we shouldn’t count out Mercedes-
Benz after a weak qualifying session either. We’re very excited about
tomorrow and the new race format. The spectators can look forward to a thrilling
DTM opener. But for the moment we’re sharing Adrien’s (Tambay) joy about his first
ever pole position in the DTM – a strong showing!”
The Frenchman himself talked about a ‘typical DTM qualifying:’ “As usual, it was
incredibly close. In Q1, I was almost eliminated and in the end I took the pole
position – unbelievable! I’m very happy that it finally worked out – especially also for
Audi Sport and Team Abt who did a great job during the winter. The mechanics
worked very hard and didn’t have a chance to go to bed before 3 in the morning on
the past two days either. I couldn’t have thanked them in a better way than by
clinching the pole position. I’m overjoyed.”
Mattias Ekström (Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM), Miguel Molina and Edoardo Mortara
(both Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM) took grid positions five, six and seven for Audi.
Molina had achieved the best time in Q2 but in Q3, in front of the hairpin turn at the
end of the long Parabolica, braked a little too late, which cost him some crucial
tenths of a second.
Timo Scheider (AUTO TEST Audi RS 5 DTM) and title defender Mike Rockenfeller
(Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM) on their first joint commitment in Audi Sport Team
Phoenix, by taking positions ten and eleven, missed making it into the final
qualifying section by a very narrow margin. Youngster Nico Müller in the Audi
Financial Services Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Rosberg on his DTM debut
achieved a respectable 13th place on the grid.
His team-mate Jamie Green suffered major misfortune. The Briton in the orangecolored
Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM, after setting a best time in Q2 in the first
sector, slipped into the gravel trap of the Sachs Corner and had to settle for grid
The first DTM race of the year starts on Sunday at 13.30 local time. ARD will start to
broadcast live on ‘Das Erste’ at 13.15 CEST.
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