Audi Motorsport-Newsletter 07/2013

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March 10, 2013


Source: Audi Media



· Rahel Frey presents Audi RS Q3 in Geneva

· Haase/Mies/Ortelli confirmed as champions

· Timo Scheider masters one of the toughest cross-country races


Jamie Green about the Audi RS 5 DTM


In the brief interview, new signing Jamie Green talks about his initial
experiences with Audi, his team and the RS 5 DTM. There is a delayed champion’s celebration in
customer sport, Rahel Frey presents the Audi RS Q3 in Geneva and Timo Scheider has mastered an
equally unusual and strenuous challenge.




Rahel Frey presents Audi RS Q3 in Geneva


Rahel Frey presented the Audi RS Q3 at the Geneva Motor Show. The Audi factory driver introduced the first RS model in the
successful Q family to the media on Tuesday. The top-end model
of the smallest Q line delivers 228 kW (310 hp) and consumes

only 8.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers.



Timo Scheider masters one of the toughest cross-country races


Audi driver Timo Scheider is now officially a “Braveheart.”
Together with his team the two-time DTM Champion mastered
the cross-country race by the same name that was held in
Münnerstadt on Saturday. The competitors had to complete
around 26 kilometers, 50 stations and 2,400 meters of vertical
difference within five hours. In a field of roughly 2,700 entrants
Scheider, whose run was clocked at 3h 15m40s, took 193rd
place. Besides feeling exhaustion and pride the racer will make a
lasting impact through his contribution to the Bravehearts
Charity on whose behalf he competed.




Miguel Molina at school


Miguel Molina was a guest at the regional “Formula 1 at School”
competition held at the Experimenta Learning and Experience
World in Heilbronn this weekend. The Audi driver took a look at
the small race cars of the student teams, answered plenty of
questions at a discussion round and fulfilled the visitors’
requests for autographs. He had brought along an original-size
race car – an exhibition model of the Audi A5 DTM.




Start numbers for the DTM 2013 are fixed


Now that the eight Audi DTM drivers have been allocated among
the race teams, the start numbers of the Audi RS 5 DTM cars for
the 2013 season are also fixed: 5 Edoardo Mortara; 6 Filipe
Albuquerque; 11 Mattias Ekström; 12 Jamie Green; 19 Mike
Rockenfeller; 20 Miguel Molina; 23 Timo Scheider; 24 Adrien
Tambay.




Leena Gade at Science Museum

Audi race engineer Leena Gade visited the London Science
Museum on Sunday. The Briton led Marcel Fässler, André
Lotterer and Benoît Tréluyer in Audi Sport Team Joest to the two
victories at the 2011 and 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours. At the “High
Performance Exhibition” Gade gave a talk about her work in
Audi’s hybrid sports car project.



World premiere of the Audi R8 LMS ultra in Geneva

The latest Audi R8 LMS ultra was unveiled to the public at the
Geneva Motor Show this week. The most recent evolution of the
customer sport race car with improved aerodynamics will be
fighting for GT3 honors worldwide this year. Its sister model was
also showcased in Europe for the first time: The new generation
of the Audi R8 GRAND-AM won the GT class of the Daytona 24
Hours in January and is available to Audi’s customer teams as
well.




Haase/Mies/Ortelli confirmed as champions

The FIA International Court of Appeal has confirmed Christopher
Haase/Christopher Mies/Stéphane Ortelli (D/D/MC) as the
winners of the 2012 Blancpain Endurance Series. The Belgian
Audi Club Team WRT with its driver team and the Audi R8 LMS
ultra secured this title for the second consecutive time.



A word from … Jamie Green

On Tuesday you unveiled the new Audi RS 5 DTM together with
your Audi team mates at the International Motor Show in
Geneva. Did you enjoy the presentation?




I was well impressed by Audi’s huge exhibition stand. It’s very
modern and professionally built. Furthermore, I was proud to be
a part of the Audi Sport press conference and to be able to drive
the Audi RS 5 DTM onto the stage in front of the public. It’s
fantastic to see so many racecars on the Audi stand – this shows
just how strongly integrated motorsport is in the company.

What is your first impression of the Audi RS 5 DTM?


I got my first impression of the car’s handling during the tests at Valencia. I got on very well. Many
things still will be tested to further optimize the car. It’s very interesting for me to monitor this
development work. Audi Sport is working very hard to further improve the performance of the Audi RS 5
DTM within the actual constraints.
Do you now feel at home at Audi and in your new team Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline?
Yes. Being at the training camp in Ofterschwang helped me a lot. We did a lot of sport together and
spoke a lot with each other. This helped me to become a part of the Audi family more easily.


Having said
this, I still have to get to know Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline better. This is why I go to Abt in Kempten
next week.
Mattias Ekström is your new team mate. Are you happy about this?
I think that we are a good combination – even if we were rivals in the past. I’ve had a lot of different
team mates in my career. I’ve known Mattias since 2004 when I won the Formula 3 Euro Series
championship. We are the same age, have the same mentality, a similar level of experience and are
clever enough to combine our experience in the best way to bring more success for the team and Audi.
Perhaps I can also learn something new from a two-time DTM Champion.


What are your expectations for your first DTM season as Audi driver?



Winning the championship remains my big goal. Even though Audi didn’t live up to its own expectations
in 2012, I start the new season completely impartially and hope that we can fight for the title this year.
I’m happy that I can compete for Audi in one of the most successful DTM teams. The last title was two
years ago – I think that the necessary will to win is there.


Coming up next week
12/03 28th birthday Marco Bonanomi

16/03 12h Sebring, Sebring (USA)





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