Adam Carroll admitted that completing his first full DTM race was achievement enough after his bruising debut two weeks ago, even if ninth place meant that he just missed out on opening his points account.
Starting from 14th on the grid, the Team Futurecom-TME driver kept out of trouble and steered his 2005-spec Audi A4 through the experienced field and nearly into the points as he took advantage of another topsy-turvy event. On an afternoon for strategy, Carroll made the first of two mandatory pit-stops just six laps into the physically-demanding 44-lap race and, after running in the top four for much of the middle stint, returned for his second stop with 16 laps to go and all to play for. Unable to maintain his high-flying position during the stop, however, he went on to finish in a strong ninth place, and was still happy with his performance.
“It is really good to complete my first DTM race – and my first race in nine months," he explained, "It was pretty tough out there and I was surprised how hot it gets in the car!
"The race was difficult because I had to run on one set of tyres for a long time. I had to stay out and the car was moving around a lot while I had a real battle with Alex Margaritis – he was giving me a bit of hassle, but I managed to keep him behind me and I am pleased with ninth position. I gave one hundred per cent, so the result is good."