By Tarek Ramchani
As was the case in yesterday in the opening DTM race at Circuit Park Zandvoort, Audi drivers were not been able to battle for the top spots. The Audi RS 5 DTM clrearly suffred the extra weight all weekend long in the Dutch round.
At the end of the 39-lap race it was Mattias Ekström who was the best ranked Audi driver. The double- DTM champion ended in seventh place overall with the Red Bull #5 Audi RS 5 DTM. Eki had an impressive pace today and he charged back very well after starting the race from position sixteen on the grid.
Another Audi driver made it inside the top-ten, Adrien Tambay. The Audi Sport Team Abt driver finished the race in ninth place with his Playboy backed #27 Audi RS 5 DTM.
Four Audi drivers were grouped just outside the top-ten. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was eleventh. Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was twelfth. Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) was thirteenth and Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was fifteenth.
Unfortunately two RS 5 DTM cars did not finish today's race. First it Nico Muller (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) and then it was the turn of Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Team Abt), the latter had a sad double DNF this weekend.
Up ahead it was again a complete domination by the BMW M4 DTMs with a 1-5 victory. Race win went to Antonio Felix da Costa ahead of fellow BMW drivers Augusto Farfus in second and Bruno Spengler in third.
The next stop for the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters will be in Austria and the beautiful Red Bull Ring, July 31st-August 2nd.