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Date 10/01/2013 Hits75,412

Category Motorsports

Farfus dominates Zandvoort - Mike Rockenfeller takes the prize

Zandvoort/The Netherlands, 29. September 2013 - Mike Rockenfeller keeps his nerve and wins the DTM championship prematurely in Zandvoort in the Netherlands. A second place behind his only competitor for the championship title, Augusto Farfus (BMW), sufficed for the Audi pilot to win the most popular international touring car series for the first time. Starting from third place on the grid, the 29-year old was already able to overtake Marco Wittmann (BMW) on the first lap to move up to second place. Rockenfeller defended this position right to the end and celebrated his championship victory after a total of 44 laps.

For Augusto Farfus, winning his third DTM race overall on the Dutch dune course no longer made any difference to the outcome of the season. The Brasilian overtook his brand colleague and pole-setter Marco Wittmann right at the start and controlled the rest of the race at the head of the pack. But since no other driver managed to squeeze past second-placed Rockenfeller, Farfus was not able to catch up the eight points he still needed to keep the championship open before the season's final in Hockenheim.

Timo Scheider came in third on his Audi RS 5 DTM thus achieving his best result in this year's DTM season. His brand colleague Mattias Ekstrom worked his way forward from eleventh to fourth position and proved himself to be a real tyre whisperer. In spite of the difficult track conditions the Swede drove the softer Hankook Ventus Race Plus option tyres for 20 laps and was the fastest driver by far in the last third of the race. Gary Paffet was the best-placed Mercedes-Benz pilot coming in ninth.

"The track temperature of about 20 degrees was not ideal for the option tyres since they can build up more grip at higher temperatures generally resulting in lower wear. In spite of this the Ventus Race Plus had no major influence on the balance of the cars and worked well again for all teams", stated Christophe Stucki, Hankook's DTM race engineer. "On the other hand the low track temperatures permitted our Ventus Race basic slicks to perform extraordinarily well. The tyre construction of our race tyres mastered the extreme banking strains here in Zandvoort very well as usual."

Mike Rockenfeller (Audi): "I still can't quite believe it. A huge weight fell off my shoulders in the car, and there were a couple of tears, too which isn't usually my style. The Hankook option tyres were a big component for our success and helped us a lot. We knew how to make best use of them as one can see here in Zandvoort. In a number of races the option tyres helped me make up many positions and apply different strategies. That was very important for me. Next year we will have to improve on our basic slick performance, the option tyres were fantastic and it's great fun driving with them"

Augusto Farfus (BMW): "On my first option tyre stint I just pushed too hard, that was my mistake. The performance of the basic slicks, however, was phenomenal. I was really able to push and do consistently fast stints. Unfortunately winning here wasn't enough to keep the championship open. Mike deserves the title, he has had an impressive season. We've learnt a lot from our mistakes and will start off next season aggressively."

Timo Scheider (Audi): "We had a lot of technical problems this season but worked hard and saw a clear upward trend in the last races. With the Hankook option tyres we didn't quite know what to expect. We were positively surprised how well they then worked. They were very durable which gave us a certain sense of security and we could speculate on Mercedes-Benz and BMW heading for the pits before us."


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