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Date 05/18/2014 Hits75,658

Category Motorsports

Christian Vietoris scores sensational win in rain at Oschersleben

Christian Vietoris was the surprise winner of round two of the DTM season in Oschersleben after a tactically clever performance. The Mercedes-Benz pilot made a last minute decision to go out on wet tyres and started the race on a dry track from the pits. When rain set in shortly afterwards and the 25 year old came in as one of the first for his mandatory pit stop in lap 19, this strategy paid dividends. After 44 turbulent laps, Vietoris swept over the finish line in first. The Ventus Race rain tyres from Hankook celebrated an impressive racing debut in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. On wet as well as semi-dry asphalt, the rubber provided excellent grip, treating spectators to some enthralling fights for positions and plenty of overtaking manoeuvres.
Oschersleben/Germany, 18 May 2014 – In dry conditions it looked at first as if the pilots running the ultra-fast Ventus Race Plus in the first grid rows would have the clear advantage. But as the rain become heavier, the competitors had to switch to Hankook’s wet tyres. Like the winner Vietoris, the current DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller (Audi) pulled into the pits for his mandatory pit stop in lap 19 and went on to clinch second place. Third place went to his brand colleague Edoardo Mortara ahead of the second Mercedes-Benz pilot Paul di Resta. This earned the ex-Formula 1 driver his first points at just his second DTM race. The best BMW pilot was Augusto Farfus in fifth. Hockenheim winner and pole-sitter Marco Wittmann (BMW) slid from the track and eventually had to park his vehicle. Wittmann had inherited pole position after the original qualifying winner Miguel Molina (Audi) was relegated to the very back of the field following a violation of the technical regulations.
After several collisions and the inevitable offs, the safety car was deployed three times over the course of the race. For this reason, the race was stopped after 44 laps instead of the scheduled 51 after the maximum duration of 75 minutes. “The wet tyres demonstrated a top performance under these difficult conditions. On the very wet track and also on dry passages towards the end, they provided a consistently high level of grip,” explained Hankook’s DTM race engineer Christophe Stucki after the turbulent DTM race in Oschersleben.
The fastest pit stop was achieved by Paul di Resta's HWA squad. With two victories, the crew now leads the points in the Hankook Best Pit Stop Award and can enjoy their reward of three cases of beer in Budapest.   
Christian Vietoris (Mercedes-Benz): “We took the risk and went out on wet tyres. That wasn’t very good at first, but after the quick mandatory pit stop I realised that I could win. The wet tyres from Hankook were really good, I could push hard even under difficult conditions.”
Mike Rockenfeller (Audi): “The baseline slick was the wrong choice at the beginning. My engineer had set the correct air pressure with the wet tyres and my pace was good enough even to fight for victory. I’m always satisfied with the rubber from Hankook, but I prefer to run on option tyres.” 
Augusto Farfus (BMW): “We started on the Hankook baseline slicks and that proved very difficult under the circumstances. When the track became wet and we swapped to rain tyres things ran very well. I’m happy with our performance today.”


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