Audi one-two finish in Zandvoort
14.07.2018 tv racing took the lead the lead in the teams’ classification with a one-two finish at the DTM event in Zandvoort. Record Champion Thomas Voigt celebrated the second victory in three races with the Audi e-tron Vision RCCO. Daniel Schuster from Audi Communications completed the Audi one-two. Defending Champion Björn Skottke took the final step on the podium for KTM.
Strong outing for Audi
Brilliant sunshine, a fantastic location in the Audi Team & Media Hospitality and exciting racing: the eighth Audi DTM Challenge and the second guest appearance for the RCCO in the Dutch North Sea resort Zandvoort was a resounding success – also for the host Audi: in the absence of championship leader Michael Niemas, who is competing at the Scaleauto Slotcar World Championships in Barcelona, the new Audi e-tron Vision RCCO were in a class of their own. Despite a 10 gram performance ballast, record Champion Thomas Voigt set the fastest time in free practice and won his heat easily. In the ten-minute finale, only teammate Daniel Schuster could keep pace. Audi’s DTM Press Officer excelled with the best heat and secured pole position for the finale. “The car worked brilliantly,” enthused Schuster after beating defending Champion Björn Skottke in the battle for second place. “It felt as if it was two-tenths-of-a-second faster per lap than the others.” With its one-two finish, Audi-Team tv racing displaced the Shell-PROTOTYP team from first place in the teams’ classification. “It’ll be almost impossible to challenge Michael Niemas for the drivers’ title,” said Voigt after his victory. “But we definitely want to win the teams’ classification this year.”
Five races in the 2018 season, fifth podium: defending Champion Björn Skottke’s impressive series continued in Zandvoort. In the Audi DTM Challenge, ‘Skottie’ took his fifth podium of the season with third place, even though he was racing with plenty of performance ballast and an additional handicap: in the finale, the timing transponder on board his KTM X-BOW Vision RCCO became loose. “It had a huge influence on the handling,” said Skottke. His third place moved the defending Champion to within eleven points of stablemate Michael Niemas in the drivers’ classification. Just how strong the two KTM drivers were in the first-half of the season is underlined by the fact that both have competed one race less than their pursuers.
Third pole for Joest Racing
Eldert Hedden remains the master of qualifying: the Lamborghini driver also secured the fastest time in single lap qualifying in Zandvoort. For Hedden and Joest Racing it was the third pole position of the season. After initially leading the first heat, Hedden was finally beaten by later winner Thomas Voigt. In the B final, the ex-Champion was then unable to better than fourth after a turbulent opening stage, and missed competing in the final as a result. In contrast, this time his brother Jan Hedden, who was consistently quick in Zandvoort, clinched his best result of the season with fourth place. With Volker and Carsten Paulun in seventh and tenth respectively, all four Lamborghini Centenario RCCO finished in the top ten. Carsten Paulun also posted the fastest race lap of the evening to crown his best result of the season.
Ossi Kragl fast again
Second start, second outing in final: Ossi Kragl took his second consecutive fifth place with the bright green Schaeffler Vision RCCO. Scuderia Suedschleife.com competed in Zandvoort with all three cars. However, Timo Broda and Rolf Neuhaus in 13th and 14th positions did not manage to finish in the top-ten.
Oliver Schmidt makes final
For professional and private reasons, KTM driver Oliver Schmidt missed on four consecutive occasions the “little big ones” race series. All the more impressive was his comeback in Zandvoort: with a clear victory in his heat, the boss of the PROTOTYP-Museum qualified directly for the finale, which he ultimately finished in sixth place. “It was really a fantastic event in a fantastic location,” said Schmidt. “It’s great that Audi makes this possible for us.”
Loïc Duval wins race for DTM drivers
The Audi drivers has great fun during the now traditional race for DTM drivers. In a class of his own this time on the slotcar controllers was Loïc Duval, who secured pole position and won the five-minute race convincingly. DTM Champion René Rast took second ahead of Mike Rockenfeller. Nico Müller also started the evening with a third Audi e-tron Vision RCCO in the RCCO Championship. The Swiss driver qualified for the B final, but had to miss the race due to a meeting with his DTM team. Moritz Frowein started in the “little big ones” race series for the first time: the son of the long-serving boss of quattro GmbH Werner Frowein finished twelfth with a Volkswagen Golf GTE Vision RCCO from the Volkswagen Motorsport-Phoenix Racing team.