Sunday, March 29, 2015

Nürburgring 24 Hours: Audi race experience driver line-ups revealed for two Audi R8 LMS ultra entries

By Johan Laubscher

The driver line-up for Audi race experience's two-car Nürburgring 24 Hours campaign has been revealed by Audi Sport's weekly newsletter.

Audi race experience, run by TKL Motorsport, will be entering two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars.

The team's first car is the already announced Audi Sport customer racing Asia entry. This car will be entrusted to four Audi R8 LMS Cup race drivers. The quartet includes the reigning Cup champion, Alex Yoong, who will be joined by the 2012 Cup champion, Marchy Lee, and also Franky Cheng Congfu and Shaun Thong.

The second Audi R8 LMS ultra will be driven by a multi-national crew which includes Niki Mayr-Melnhof, Ronnie Saurenmann, Micke Ohlsson and Australian GT Audi R8 LMS ultra owner, Rod Salmon.

The Nürburgring 24 Hours qualifying race will be taking place from 11-12 April, followed by the 24-hour race itself from 14-17 May.

Photo credit: 
Audi Communications - Motorsport

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Britcar: Class podium for Simpson Motorsport Audi R8 LMS ultra at Silverstone

By Johan Laubscher 

Britcar was at Silverstone this weekend for its opening round of 2015. The grid for the MSA British MSA British Dunlop Endurance Championship included two Audi race cars.

Simpson Motorsport entered its Audi R8 LMS ultra, a car that is for sale at the moment, in Class 1. The #30 Audi was driven by Peter Cook and Frank Pelle, the same duo who drove this car in the championship during 2014. This Audi R8 LMS ultra is fitted with a mixture of 2012 and 2013 specification aerodynamic components.

Backdraft Motorsport debuted its white Audi S3 with Nick Jarvis behind the wheel this weekend.

The Silverstone National track layout was used. Qualifying saw Simpson Motorsport taking an overall front-row starting position, second overall and on pole in class.

Two 90-minute races were run on Saturday. The Simpson Motorsport squad unfortunately dropped back with damage during the first race, but soldiered on to finish twelfth overall, thirty-one laps down on the race winners. They were classified as second in class.

The second race faired much better for the #30 Simpson Motorsport Audi R8 LMS ultra with Peter Cook and Frank Pelle piloting the car to fourth place overall, third in class.

The Audi S3 of Nick Jarvis was qualified in sixteenth place and unfortunately retired on lap fifty of the first race and did not take part in race two.

Round two of Britcar will be taking place at Zandvoort from 20-21 June.

Photo credit: 
Audi Communications - Motorsport / Stevie Borowik Photography
Backdraft Motorsport

FIA WEC: Audi prepares for Silverstone season opener

Audi Press Release

Ingolstadt/Le Castellet, March 28, 2015 – Audi used the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Prologue at Le Castellet to thoroughly prepare for the season opener. In the official track test of the racing series in southern France, the engineers tested the two R18 e-tron quattro cars that will be competing in the first WEC race in the United Kingdom.

Audi tested the latest generation of its hybrid sports car on the high-speed track in France for two days. Both Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars reeled off more than 2,500 combined kilometers and achieved many of the engineers’ testing requirements in the process. Audi Sport and Audi Sport Team Joest tested the durability of the tires supplied by partner Michelin, as well as various suspension kinematics, and gathered practical experiences for the racing commitments.

Audi Sport Team Joest and the six race drivers Marcel Fässler (CH), André Lotterer (D), Benoît Tréluyer (F), Lucas di Grassi (BR), Loïc Duval (F) and Oliver Jarvis (GB) experienced two intensive days. Pit stop practice sessions with driver changes sharpened the senses and reflexes of the drivers and mechanics for the first 6-hour race of the year that will be held at Silverstone on April 12. Filipe Albuquerque (P), Marco Bonanomi (I) and René Rast (D), the drivers of car #9 in the races at Spa and Le Mans, watched the test at Le Castellet as well and were closely involved in the team’s work.

“Following our tests at Aragon in January and at Sebring in March we again learned a lot at Le Castellet,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich. “The two days were profitable for the whole squad. The race cars completed their initial kilometers and will now be thoroughly prepared for the season opener. The test at Le Castellet in which we met with our competitors for the first time showed that we can look forward to a thrilling season.”

TCR: Audi TT Cup race debut with Liqui Moly Team Engstler in Malaysia

By Johan Laubscher

The new TCR International Series held its first ever event at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Sepang hosted the event which included a grid of seventeen TCR entries.

Liqui Moly Team Engstler entered three cars for the opening round, two Audis and one SEAT. The German team has been granted special authorisation to run two Audi TT Cup cars in the first meetings of the season. This was done in order to allow Liqui Moly Team Engstler to run German cars, a specific requirement of the team’s title sponsor, whilst its TCR specification Golf GTI cars are completed. The Audi race cars, developed for the new Audi Sport TT Cup in Germany, have been balanced to compete with the rest of the TCR field.

The #6 Audi TT Cup had Franz Engstler behind the wheel, who was joined by his teammate, Mikhail Grachev, in the #8 Audi TT Cup.

The weekend began with the practice sessions and a balance of performance adjustment for the Audi and Honda cars, with additional weight being added, only to be removed following the first practice session. The two Audi TT Cup cars occupied positions in the lower half of the field during practice. However, Franz Engstler put a strong lap together during qualifying and secured fourth place on the starting grid. Mikhail Grachev qualified eleventh.

Race one was held on Saturday. Franz Engstler had a very good start and was challenging for third place, but contact from behind resulted in broken steering and retirement for the #6 Audi TT Cup at the very first corner. Mikhail Grachev was able to move forward and was running strongly in sixth, until he began to slow on track with mechanical issues, also retiring from the race.

Both Audi TT Cup cars had shown good pace during qualifying and the first race, and Liqui Moly Team Engstler was eager to put the disappointment of Saturday’s double retirement behind them.

The second and final race took place on Sunday morning before the Malaysian Grand Prix. Engstler started from sixth place and Grachev eighth. Both of the TT Cup cars launched well off the line. Engstler was holding sixth on the opening lap and was followed by Grachev into turn four. This time it was the turn of Grachev to be collected from behind, a trio of SEAT cars made contact coming into turn four and collected the rear-end of Grachev. He was able to continue, but had dropped outside of the top ten.

Franz Engstler began dropping back to eight place before he unfortunately started to slow towards the end of the race and coasted to retirement. Mikhail Grachev continued his recovery and finished eighth, salvaging a top ten result for Liqui Moly Team Engstler and the race debut of the Audi TT Cup.

Round two of the TCR International Series will take place at Shanghai in China from 10-12 April.

Photo credit: TCR International Series

FIA WEC: Porsche tops Paul Ricard testing ahead of Audi and Toyota

By Johan Laubscher

The official ‘Prologue’ test days of the FIA World Endurance Championship concluded on Saturday. Porsche enforced its dominance at the test days by setting the fastest time in all five test sessions across the two days of testing.

Audi Sport Team Joest was present in France with its two new 2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars. The #7 Audi was driven by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Treluyer. Audi #8 had the trio of Oliver Jarvis, Loïc Duval and Lucas di Grassi behind the wheel. Porsche and Toyota were also at Paul Ricard, each with two cars. Nissan was absent from the official testing.

Friday saw Audi as the second fastest manufacturer and this result was repeated on Saturday.

Saturday morning’s session was topped by the #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid. The Audi cars finished second and third (#7 and #8), ahead of the #18 Porsche and the two Toyota TS 040 Hybrid cars (#2 and #1).

The final test session was held on Saturday afternoon. The #18 Porsche set the fastest time ahead of the #17 Porsche. Audi placed third and fourth (7# and #8) and Toyota rounded out the top six (#2 and #1).

The overall combined results from the two days of testing saw the manufacturers in LMP1-H finishing in pairs. Porsche stamped its authority in France with a 1-2 result, followed by the Audis and Toyotas.

Overall combined results for LMP1-H
1. #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid - 1:37.220
2. #17 Porsche 919 Hybrid - 1:38.552 +1.332
3. #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - 1:39.058 +1.838
4. #8 Audi R18 e-tron quattro - 1:39.354 +2.134
5. #1 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid - 1:39.949 +2.729
6. #2 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid - 1:40.819 +3.599

The results can be seen HERE.

Silverstone will be hosting the season opening six-hour race on 12 April.

VLN: First round red flagged after tragic accident - Audi R8 LMS race debut

By Johan Laubscher

The opening VLN Endurance Series round held on Saturday was red flagged following a tragic accident on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Jann Mardenborough in the #23 Nissan GTR NISMO GT3 was involved in an accident at Flugplatz. His car took flight and crashed over the catch fencing into a spectator area. The event was red flagged and subsequently cancelled to allow emergency personnel access to the track.

It has been announced that there was one fatality amongst the injured spectators. Our thoughts go out to all those involved in the incident, the injured spectators and their families and friends. RIP.

Race report for the Audi teams:

This weekend’s VLN event was the race debut of the brand new 2015 Audi R8 LMS. Two new cars joined the field, one entered by Audi Sport Team Phoenix and the other by Audi Sport Team WRT. The factory-supported Audi R8 LMS entries included the driver line-ups of Marc Basseng, Christopher Haase, Mike Rockenfeller and Frank Stippler (Phoenix #15), and Christer Jöns, Laurens Vanthoor, Edward Sandström and Nicki Thiim (WRT #37).

Phoenix Racing also entered one of its older Audi R8 LMS ultra cars (Audi #5) with Christian Mamerow, Markus Winkelhock, Christopher Zoechling and Frank Stippler. This older R8 LMS ultra was the highest placed Audi during qualifying, securing ninth place on the grid. The two new Audi R8 LMS cars were qualified in positions eleven and twelve, WRT ahead of Phoenix Racing.

At the time that the red flag was waved the field was split with different pit-stop intervals. The three SP9 class (GT3) Audi entries were running fifth (#15 Audi R8 LMS), seventeenth (#5 Audi R8 LMS ultra) and twenty-fourth (#37 Audi R8 LMS).

A total of twelve Audi race cars were entered this weekend. The SP9 GT3 machines were joined by Düchting Motorsport’s Audi R8 V10 in the SP8 class, a number of Audi TT RS and Audi TTS entries in SP3T and SP4T (Rotek Racing, LMS Engnieering, S.Pace Racing, race&event), an Audi A4 B7 from Tuning Akademie Ingolstadt and the Frikadelli Racing TT RS.

The #303 Audi TT RS from LMS Engineering was leading the SP3T class when the race was stopped.

Phoenix Racing also debuted its new Race-Taxi at the Green Hell this weekend. The #4 Audi R8 LMS ultra driven by Hans-Joachim Stuck has the “Crocodile” livery that was seen at the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour.

Round two of the VLN Endurance Series will be held at the Nürburgring Nordschleife on 25 April.

VLN: Phoenix Racing and TÜV Rheinland continue partnership in VLN and Nürburgring 24 Hours

Phoenix Racing Press Release

Phoenix Racing and TÜV Rheinland were able to crown their official partnership right in the first year. With the Audi R8 LMS ultra sporting the distinctive TÜV Rheinland logo Ernst Moser’s motorsport team with drivers Christopher Haase, Christian Mamerow, René Rast and Markus Winkelhock won the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race Nürburgring. The continuation of the successful partnership between TÜV Rheinland and Phoenix Racing was announced on Friday, 27 March, at a press conference at the Nürburgring that was attended by Dr Michael Fübi, Chairman of the Board of Management of TÜV Rheinland AG, as well.

“TÜV Rheinland and Phoenix Racing both strive for a maximum of safety, quality and precision, as well sharing a passion for motorsport,” Ernst Moser, Team Director of Phoenix Racing, commented.

“This joint success in the Nürburgring 24 Hours has motivated and inspired us, but it is more than the sporting success on the race track that underpins this partnership,” said Prof Dr-Ing Jürgen Brauckmann, Management Board Member Mobility TÜV Rheinland. “For over 40 years TÜV has been accompanying technological innovations with the aim of continually improving quality and safety. Motorsport at the Nürburgring, and this includes our commitment with Ernst Moser and his team as well, offers us an ideal platform for the dialogue with industry and our clientele.”

Frank Stippler, who like last year’s 24-hour race winner Christian Mamerow is part of the Phoenix line-up of regular drivers on the Nordschleife, as brand ambassador continues to be an integral component of the motorsport commitment of the independent testing services provider. Prof Dr-Ing Jürgen Brauckmann: “Frank Stippler is not only a successful racing driver but also an outstanding brand ambassador for us, who ideally communicates the synergy between motorsport and TÜV Rheinland.”

Phoenix Racing based in Meuspath at the Nürburgring and TÜV Rheinland are primarily focused on the 43rd ADAC Zurich 24-Hour Race Nürburgring to be held from 14 to 17 May that Phoenix has previously won a total of four times. The squad of Team Director Ernst Moser and GT Team Manager Bernhard Demmer will be participating in the iconic endurance race in the Eifel with two next-generation Audi R8 LMS cars. In addition, Phoenix Racing, which competes in the two Blancpain GTSeries and as Audi Sport Team Phoenix in the DTM as well, will be contesting all ten races of the VLN Endurance Championship Nürburgring. The VLN opening race is held on Saturday (28 March) and, at the same time, marks the racing debut of the new Audi R8 LMS that is driven on the legendary Nordschleife by Mike Rockenfeller, Christopher Haase, Frank Stippler and Marc Basseng.

Photo credit: Phoenix Racing

Friday, March 27, 2015

FIA WEC: Audi second fastest manufacturer on first day of Paul Ricard testing

By Johan Laubscher

Paul Ricard in France is playing host to the annual 'Prologue' two-day test for the FIA World Endurance Championship. The long winter break has come to an end with all of the teams taking part in the official test days ahead of the season opener at Silverstone in April.

The front end of the field includes two cars each from the LMP1-H factory teams: Audi, Porsche and Toyota (Nissan not present).

Audi Sport Team Joest arrived with two new 2015 Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars wearing the #7 and #8, the first time that an Audi is not wearing the #1 since 2010. The #7 Audi is driven by Marcel Fässler, André Lotterer and Benoît Treluyer. Audi #8 has the trio of Oliver Jarvis, Loïc Duval and Lucas di Grassi behind the wheel.

The first day of testing included three sessions, two four-hour sessions during the day and a two-hour night session.

At 09:00 local time the FIA WEC field headed out on track. Both Porsche and Toyota dropped below the 1:40.000 barrier during the morning. The #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid was fastest with a 1:39.292, ahead of the #1 Toyota TS 040 Hybrid. The #17 Porsche was third fastest, followed by the two Audis, #7 ahead of #8, and the #2 Toyota rounding out the top six.

Porsche went on to improve on the fastest time when the #18 Porsche set a 1:37.965 in the afternoon, along with the #17 Porsche setting the second fastest time for a Porsche 1-2. Audi Sport Team Joest’s cars placed third and fourth (#7 and #8), followed by the two Toyotas (#1 and #2).

The night session again saw Porsche running at the front with a 1-2, the #18 Porsche 919 Hybrid topping the times with an even faster 1:37.220. The general order was the same as during the afternoon, the two Audis finished third and fourth, this time #8 ahead of #7, and the Toyotas in fifth and sixth (#1 and #2).

The results can be seen HERE.

Day two of testing will take place tomorrow. Another two sessions will be held, a four-hour morning session and a three-hour afternoon session.

DTM: Audi drivers impressed by RS 5 DTM at Estoril track tests

Audi Press Release

  • Positive feedback following track tests in Portugal
  • Difficult external conditions with wind and rain
  • Next test at Oschersleben in April
Ingolstadt/Estoril, March 27, 2015 – At the first official DTM track tests of the year, the Audi RS 5 DTM left a strong impression.

From Wednesday to Friday this week, the DTM tested on the race track at Estoril (Portugal) on which the internationally popular touring car racing series last held a race in 2004. “Unfortunately, the external conditions weren’t exactly optimal,“ says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “On the first and on the last day, we had very strong gusty winds. On the second day, there was intermittent rain. It won’t be easy to draw the right conclusions from the test results. But after the long winter break, it was extremely important for our drivers to get a lot of driving time and to get an idea of the set-up work that was done over the winter months. We’re pleased that our drivers immediately felt comfortable again in the RS 5 DTM and made positive comments about the basic set-up that was worked out in winter.“

All eight Audi drivers participated in the tests on the Portuguese Atlantic coast. Each of the three Audi Sport Teams (Abt Sportsline, Phoenix and Rosberg) had a 2015-specification race car at Estoril, plus there was a test car from Audi Sport that was equipped with additional sensors and measuring instruments shared by Mattias Ekström and Miguel Molina.

“The whole team did a good job in winter,” Timo Scheider, the 2008 and 2009 DTM Champion, said after the test. “This was the first time for me to sit in the RS 5 DTM since the finale at Hockenheim and I immediately felt comfortable. The car is superbly balanced.”

This impression was confirmed by all Audi drivers, who reeled off a total of 1,382 laps and 5,779 kilometers on the three days. Except for a minor slip by Adrien Tambay on Thursday afternoon, the test went without any problems for Audi. In four of the six test sessions, an Audi RS 5 DTM was listed in first place.

The fastest lap of the tests was performed by youngster Nico Müller, who in the Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM of his team-mate Jamie Green achieved a best time of 1m 32.443s on the last day. “It was great for me to be able to test for two full days,” said the 23-year-old Swiss. “We don’t have a lot of testing opportunities in the DTM. Obviously, the weather hampered our testing program a little. But the items we checked off were positive.”

At Estoril, all Audi drivers worked together with their race engineers for the 2015 season for the first time. New to the Audi DTM squad is the Italian Nicola Palarchi, who supports Adrien Tambay in Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. Starting this year, his previous engineer, Franco Chiocchetti, will be taking care of Edoardo Mortara’s RS 5 DTM. All other driver-engineer combinations have remained unchanged.

Before the season opener at Hockenheim on the first weekend in May, another official DTM test is scheduled at Oschersleben from April 14 to 16.

The test results of the Audi four RS 5 DTM at Estoril

Audi Sport Audi RS 5 DTM #17 (Audi Sport Team Abt)
Mattias Ekström (S), 147 laps (Wed), 1m 33.269 s (Wed)
Miguel Molina (E), 190 laps (Thur/Fri), 1m 32.673s (Fri)

Playboy Audi RS 5 DTM #27 (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline)
Adrien Tambay (F), 193 laps (Wed/Thur), 1m 32.878s (Thur)
Edoardo Mortara (I), 114 laps (Fri), 1m 33,075s (Fri)

Hoffmann Group Audi RS 5 DTM #53 (Audi Sport Team Rosberg)
Jamie Green (GB), 127 laps (Wed), 1m 32.774s (Wed)
Nico Müller (CH), 243 laps (Thur/Fri), 1m 32.4432 (Fri)

Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM #99 (Audi Sport Team Phoenix)
Mike Rockenfeller (D), 197 laps (Wed/Thur), 1m 32.804s (Thur)
Timo Scheider (D), 171 laps (Thur/Fri), 1m 32.586s (Fri)

The race engineers for the Audi Sport Teams in the 2015 DTM:

Mattias Ekström: Florian Modlinger
Jamie Green: Erich Baumgärtner
Miguel Molina: Markus Michelberger
Edoardo Mortara: Franco Chiocchetti
Nico Müller: Karl Jennings
Mike Rockenfeller: Jürgen Jungklaus
Timo Scheider: Laurent Fedacou
Adrien Tambay: Nicola Palarchi

Blancpain GT Series: Belgian Audi Club Team WRT announces its program and driver line-ups for 2015

By Johan Laubscher

Belgian Audi Club Team WRT is gearing up for a very busy 2015 season and announced its 2015 plans and driver line-ups at its workshop on Thursday.

The WRT team is entering an army of Audi R8 LMS ultra cars in the Blancpain GT Series, four cars in the Sprint Series and three in the Endurance Series. The new 2015 factory-supported Audi R8 LMS program with WRT will also be adding one car at two selected rounds of the Blancpain Endurance Series (Monza and Paul Ricard) and at the opening VLN round, followed by a two-car entry at the Nürburgring 24 Hours and the Spa 24 Hours. In addition to its European commitments, WRT is also supporting Hitotsuyama Racing
 in the Japanese Super GT this year.

The official Belgian Audi Club Team WRT press release can be seen HERE.

The line-ups for WRT's three-car Blancpain Endurance Series and four-car Blancpain Sprint Series entries have been announced and included below, joining the factory supported 2015 Audi R8 LMS WRT driver line-ups revealed by Audi Sport earlier this week.

W Racing Team (WRT) commitments and driver line-ups for 2015: 

2015 Blancpain GT Series:

   Blancpain Endurance Series

      BES full season entries (Excluding Monza, Paul Ricard and Spa 24 Hours)
      #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Laurens Vanthoor, Robin Frijns and Jean-Karl Vernay
      #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra* - Stéphane Ortelli, Stéphane Richelmi and Frank Stippler
      #4 Audi R8 LMS ultra* - Laurent Pasquali, Sacha Bottemanne and Max Koebolt

      BES round 1: Monza 
      Audi R8 LMS (2015) - Nico Müller, Stéphane Ortelli and Frank Stippler
      #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Laurens Vanthoor, Robin Frijns and Jean-Karl Vernay
      #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Stéphane Richelmi, Kelvin van der Linde and TBA
      #4 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Laurent Pasquali, Sacha Bottemanne and Max Koebolt

      BES round 3: Paul Ricard
      Audi R8 LMS (2015) - René Rast, Laurens Vanthoor and Markus Winkelhock
      #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Robin Frijns, Jean-Karl Vernay and TBA
      #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Stéphane Ortelli, Stéphane Richelmi and Frank Stippler
      #4 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Laurent Pasquali, Sacha Bottemanne and Max Koebolt

      BES round 4: Spa 24 Hours
      Audi R8 LMS (2015) - René Rast, Laurens Vanthoor and Markus Winkelhock
      Audi R8 LMS (2015) - Nico Müller, Stéphane Ortelli and Frank Stippler
      Audi R8 LMS ultra - Robin Frijns, Jean-Karl Vernay and Stéphane Richelmi
      Audi R8 LMS ultra - Laurent Pasquali, Sacha Bottemanne and Max Koebolt

   Blancpain Sprint Series
   #1 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Laurens Vanthoor and Robin Frijns
   #2 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Enzo Ide and Christopher Mies
   #3 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Stéphane Ortelli and Stéphane Richelmi
   #4 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Frank Stippler and James Nash

VLN round 1:
#37 Audi R8 LMS (2015) - Christer Jöns, Nico Müller, Edward Sandström and Nicki Thiim

Nürburgring 24 Hours:
Audi R8 LMS (2015) - Christopher Mies, Nico Müller, Edward Sandström and Laurens Vanthoor
Audi R8 LMS (2015) - Christer Jöns, Pierre Kaffer, Nicki Thiim and Laurens Vanthoor

Japanese Super GT (WRT supporting Hitotsuyama Racing):
#21 Audi R8 LMS ultra - Richard Lyons, Tomonobu Fujii and Stéphane Ortelli**

*BES WRT entries #1 and #2 will alternate driver combinations during the season with the addition of the one to two new 2015 Audi R8 LMS at certain rounds.

**Stéphane Ortelli is joining Hitotsuyama Racing has the third driver for the endurance events, rounds two and five, the Fuji 500 km and the Suzuka 1000 km.

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GrafiWrap Grafityp
Audi Communications - Motorsport

DTM: Audi drivers again show strong pace on day two of testing in Portugal

By Johan Laubscher

The second of three days official DTM testing took place at Estoril in Portugal on Thursday.

Audi and Jamie Green topped the time sheets by the end of the first day and the Audi drivers again showed good pace on the second day.

The four Audi drivers behind the wheel of the Audi RS 5 DTM cars on Thursday included Mike Rockenfeller, Adrien Tambay, Nico Müller, Miguel Molina and Timo Scheider.

The morning session saw Audi drivers in positions two through four, with Rockenfeller ahead of Molina and Müller. Tambay was sixth.

It was a 1-2-3 for Audi during the afternoon session. Nico Müller was the fastest on track, followed by Molina in second, Tambay third and Scheider fifth.

By the end of the day the combined results saw Lucas Auer fastest in his Mercedes-Benz C63 DTM. He was followed by a quartet of Audi drivers, led by Nico Müller, Mike Rockenfeller, Miguel Molina and Adrien Tambay. Timo Scheider was seventh fastest in the combined results.

The third and final day of official DTM testing will be taking place at Estoril on Friday.