DTM: Disappointing race weekend on home soil

For Audi Sport Team Phoenix, which remained without points on both days in the Eifel, the event on home soil was disappointing. Mike Rockenfeller and Loïc Duval finished the first of the two races in positions 14 and 18. All Saturday, heavy rain showers in the Eifel made for changeable conditions. From twelfth and last on the grid, the two Phoenix drivers were only able to make up positions temporarily in the race. Later bad luck also arrived: Rockenfeller and Duval changed from rain tires to slicks just at the moment when rain set in again at the Nürburgring. On Sunday, Loïc Duval came 15th and Zandvoort winner Mike Rockenfeller 17th following two tire changes.

Ernst Moser
“Both on Saturday in difficult conditions in the rain and on Sunday on a dry track we weren’t fast enough. On Saturday, we had no chance but to gamble and switch to slicks. On Sunday, we gambled again and pitted early with Rocky. But these tactics didn’t pan out. A positive: We again won the pit stop classification with Rocky’s car.”

Mike Rockenfeller
“This was my worst weekend this season. We had changeable conditions and missed the mark with our setup in all conditions. On Sunday, my race was completely ruined by the tires. We’re going to learn from this and look ahead to Spielberg.”

Loïc Duval
“We knew that due to the performance weights it wouldn’t be easy. We were also struggling with balance and grip. Due to the changing weather conditions, we didn’t have enough time to work on the setup. Our setup didn’t really work on either a wet or a dry track. Now we have to work on extracting the best again from our beast on the last two weekends.”

The DTM continues in just 14 days’ time at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Mike Rockenfeller is traveling to Austria in positions six of the Drivers’ standings.


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Rockenfeller and Duval at the start again for Phoenix Racing in 2018