Audi Press Release
- Ex-soccer pro masters three laps on the Hockenheimring
- Valuable tips from Champion Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekström
- Netzer: “An experience I’ll never forget”
Ingolstadt/Hockenheim, May 4, 2014 – Even before the professional race drivers hit the track at the Hockenheim DTM season opener the ‘Motodrom’ saw a unique premiere. The former German soccer star Günter Netzer personally took the wheel of the Audi RS 5 DTM and drove three trial laps. Before going out, the popular sportsman had received track and driving tips from Audi’s DTM Champions Mike Rockenfeller and Mattias Ekström.
Before Netzer, as the first celebrity ever to do so, took the wheel of an Audi RS 5 DTM, the current DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller and his Audi brand colleague Mattias Ekström provided him with background information on the car and the race track. During a joint recon run on a motor scooter, ‘Rocky’ explained the challenges of the Hockenheimring to Netzer. Afterwards, the two-time Champion and Hockenheim winner Mattias Ekström familiarized the soccer idol with the functions and special characteristics of the touring car.
For Mike Rockenfeller, the meeting with Netzer was a special experience too. “I only knew him from television before and my impression of him on TV has been confirmed here: a likeable person and a great sportsman. He was visibly impressed by the dynamics of the Audi RS 5 DTM. Of course you can’t experience the DTM in a more intensive way than driving the race car on the track yourself.”
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