By Tarek Ramchani
Audi faced a very hard and disappointing DTM race 1 at Zandvoort. Only two drivers were inside the top-ten and three others were forced to retire from the race.
At the end of the 40 minute race it was Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) who was the best ranked driver within the Audi squad. Rocky ended in ninth place overall with his #99 Audi RS 5 DTM.
Swiss driver Nico Mueller (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) was a position behind in tenth place with the #51 Audi RS 5 DTM.
Mattias Ekstrom (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) was thriteenth. Timo Scheider (Audi Sport Team Phoenix) was fourteenth. Adrien Tambay (Audi Sport Team Abt) was eighteenth and was hit by a through penalty in the close stages of the race for exceeding speed limit in the slow zone.
DTM points leader Jamie Green (Audi Sport Team Rosberg) did not finish the race after he went out of the track with eight laps to go. Miguel Molina (Audi Sport Team Rsoberg) and Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Team Abt) failed to finish after contacts in the opening stages of the race.
BMW scored a 1-7 victory. 2014 DTM champion Marco Wittmann victrious ahead of team-mates Antonio Felix da Costa in second and Maxime Martin in thrid.
The second qualifying session and race 2 at set for Sunday.