2017 September 24

Audi dominates Sunday’s action at the Red Bull Ring

The grand DTM showdown at the Red Bull Ring was attended by 35,500 motor sports fans over course of the whole weekend. On Sunday they saw a triple success from Audi. But local Hero Lucas Auer ended his race in the pits after a collision.

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René Rast (GER) wins ahead of Mike Rockenfeller (GER) and Nico Müller (CH)

The Audi festival weekend continued into Sunday at the Red Bull Ring, after pole sitter Jamie Green suffered some unbelievably bad luck after leading most of the race. With one foot already on the podium, the Brit lost speed due to a technical problem and fell back down the field, finishing outside the points.

René Rast (GER, Audi): “Of course we can be happy. A win is always nice, even if you don’t want to win in the way we did. Jamie unfortunately had a problem and I got the win. But that’s racing. The race isn’t over until the chequered flag is waved.”

Mike Rockenfeller (GER, Audi): “I thought my race would be over early because the car was not feeling good. After I got my new tyres I saw the car was still doing OK. From that moment on, everything went more than well for myself.”

Nico Müller (SUI, Audi): “It’s a huge pleasure to be on the podium twice on the same weekend! Although I feel sorry for Jamie that he’s not standing here today.”

LUCAS AUER: “THANK YOU FANS”

Lucas Auer’s Sunday race ended without any points. The Austrian DTM star had to start the final run from 17th, the penultimate spot on the grid, and fight his way through the field. The Tyrolean already was up in the points-scoring places when his Mercedes was damaged in a collision at Remus Corner with Bruno Spengler (CAN, BMW) and he had to pit, and retire. Heading to the season’s grand finale, Auer is now ranked sixth in the championship, 41 points behind the leaders – but at least he still has a mathematical chance of winning the DTM championship. “If you have problems in Qualifying and have to start from the back, you’re going to have a turbulent race ahead of you. It’s always like that in racing. I’m proud I could race in front of all those spectators and I did enjoy it, despite the result. I’ll fight on. Thanks to all the fans!,“ said Auer.

FORMULA 3: HABSBURG JUST MISSES THE PODIUM

After Ferdinand Habsburg’ 6th place yesterday, the Austrian Formula 3 driver was back in the Top 10 on Sunday. In his second FIA Formula 3 European Championship race at the Red Bull Ring, he start from P8 on the grid but was running in 10th by the end of the race. In the third heat of the weekend, the 20-year old was running second but finished 4th.

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