#9 Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline / E-POSTBRIEF Audi A4 DTM (2009))

Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller has taken his maiden DTM win with a brilliant drive in the series’ second round at Zandvoort.

The German took advantage of a slow getaway from front-row starter Jamie Green to jump into second by the time the field swept to the Tarzan corner, and then he used the first round of pit stops to pass race leader Bruno Spengler.

With overtaking being particularly difficult at the narrow Dutch circuit, making up places would be a case of using an alternative strategy by pitting out of sequence. And it wasn’t until there were 11 laps to run that Rockenfeller finally assumed the lead, holding a 2.5-second gap to Spengler and Green.

Green shadowed Spengler’s every move in the middle stint of the race, but he didn’t appear as happy with his final set of tyres and his pace fell away. The Briton was overtaken by Martin Tomczyk, who staged a late charge in his older-spec Audi A4 and closed right up to Spengler to finish just 0.4 seconds behind the Canadian.

Timo Scheider finished in fifth place, just a few seconds ahead of Edoardo Mortara, who took a career-best sixth place with a hugely impressive drive in his older-spec A4.

Driving an equally outstanding race was Maro Engel, who took his Mercedes-Benz into seventh place and defended gamely against Mattias Ekström, who climbed from 16th place to 8th at the chequered flag by running a much longer stint than many of his rivals.

Gary Paffett will be disappointed to finish in ninth and out of the points, while Oliver Jarvis managed to pinch tenth place from Ralf Schumacher in the final sequence of pit stops.

David Coulthard was enjoying a fun battle with his fellow Scot Susie Stoddart during the race, but he was handed a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane and finished a distant 16th.

Filipe Albuquerque was the sole retiree from the race with overheating problems, caused by him running into the gravel at the first corner on the opening lap.

The circus will now enjoy a three-week break before it becomes the first series to christen the new Red Bull Ring – formerly the A1-Ring – in Austria on the first weekend of June. Spengler leads the Drivers’ Championship by eight points from Rockenfeller and Tomczyk.

 

2011 DTM Race of Zandvoort Final Standings (41 laps):

Driver Entrant / Car Result
1. Mike Rockenfeller DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi 1:05:28.514
2. Bruno Spengler CDN HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 1.423
3. Martin Tomczyk DEU Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 1.865
4. Jamie Green GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 6.957
5. Timo Scheider DEU Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 11.478
6. Edoardo Mortara ITA Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 14.160
7. Maro Engel DEU Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 15.064
8. Mattias Ekström SWE Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 15.439
9. Gary Paffett GBR HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 19.482
10. Oliver Jarvis GBR Abt Audi A4 DTM 2009 Audi + 21.859
11. Ralf Schumacher DEU HWA Mercedes C-Class 2009 Mercedes + 28.435
12. Susie Stoddart GBR Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 28.855
13. Renger can der Zande NED Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 35.870
14. Miguel Molina ESP Abt Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi + 37.268
15. Christian Vietoris DEU Persson Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 38.901
16. David Coulthard GBR Mücke Mercedes C-Class 2008 Mercedes + 49.548
17. Rahel Frey SUI Phoenix Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 1 lap behind
           
  Not Classified        
NF. Filipe Albuquerque POR Rosberg Audi A4 DTM 2008 Audi 13 laps

[Original image via DTM official site]

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