DTM: Rockenfeller best Audi driver in fourth place in Hungary
2017-06-17

In the first race of the DTM race weekend at the Hungaroring, Mike Rockenfeller from Audi Sport Team Phoenix was the best Audi driver in fourth position. Rockenfeller secured the fifth starting position in qualifying and his teammate Loïc Duval set the seventh fastest time. In the beginning of the racce, Rockenfeller was in contention together with the Audi trio of Rast, Ekström and Green. On lap eight, the safety car was deployed due to Maxime Martin having “parked” his BMW on track. His two brand colleagues, Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler, as well as Mercedes driver Paul Di Resta, who had already made their mandatory pit stops at that time, benefited from the caution period. All other drivers had to pit for the tire change after the race was restarted and dropped far behind. Rockenfeller caught up more than 20 seconds on Di Resta, the eventual race winner. He closed the gap to Spengler shortly before the end of the race, but could not pass the Canadian and finished in fourth place. Loïc Duval lost the chance to get his first DTM points due to a collision on the final lap, when he dropped from ninth to fifteenth place.

“If the race was one lap longer, then I could have passed him,” said “Rocky” after the race. “I did however collect very important points and I have moved up to third place in the drivers’ standings.”

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