Scheider gives Audi win #50 at Oschersleben
2 August 2009
2008 DTM champion Timo Scheider won the fifth round of the DTM today at Oschersleben to give Audi its 50th victory in the German tin-top series.
Scheider took the lead at the first corner and after that he only had to temporarily relinquish his first place during the two mandatory pit stops.
In the end, following the 48 laps, he crossed the line in his Audi A4 DTM 5.147 seconds up on his closest rival. It was his first victory of the season.
"That was a good weekend for me. Being on the winning way again is a great feeling. Of course, people are paying even more attention when you are the defending champion. Being the prey is not easy at all," said Scheider.
"After the start, I was able to control the race. But while it may have looked easy it wasn't. It was really hard.
"Losing the lead of the standings at Zandvoort was painful. Now I am right back in the title fight though. Many, many thanks to the team - the car, and the pit stops today were perfect."
Behind Scheider, fellow Audi driver Mattias Ekström came home second, taking advantage of a small mistake by his team-mate Martin Tomczyk on lap 2.
Second place moves Ekström up to joint first in the DTM standings with Gary Paffett. Both have 28 points on the board, while Scheider is one point behind in third.
Martin Tomczyk meanwhile took the final spot on the podium, his best result of the season, and this gave Audi a clean sweep of the rostrum positions.
"The 50th pole position for Audi in the DTM at Zandvoort and now the 50th victory – two nice numbers on the occasion of the Audi's brand's centenary," said Dr Wolfgang Ullrich, head of Audi Motorsport. "Our drivers Timo Scheider, Mattias Ekström, Martin Tomczyk and the team did an absolutely flawless job today and dominated the race. I'm proud of this performance."
Paul di Resta was next up and the top Mercedes man in fourth, having fought his way up from ninth on the grid.
"We got the best out of it and we were as strong as we could be," he noted. "We had a good car and I am quite happy with my speed. Now, we are looking ahead, because at the end of the year is when it matters."
Fellow Brit Gary Paffett, who was only 12th in qualifying, trailed him home in fifth after an impressive recovery drive, while Bruno Spengler and Maro Engel were sixth and seventh respectively.
Tom Kristensen took the final point, bumping Norisring winner, Jamie Green down to ninth on the last lap. P8 was some consolation for Kristensen who squandered his pole by picking up a drive-through for not lining up correctly in his box on the starting grid.
Mike Rockenfeller initially completed the top ten, however a collision with Alex Premat near the end landed him with a 30 second penalty post-race and he dropped to 13th. That moved Susie Stoddart up to P10, with Ralf Schumacher eleventh and Mattias Lauda twelfth.
Of the rest Tomas Kosta was 14th followed by Oliver Jarvis, Premat and Katherine Legge, who was classified in 17th.
Two runners were not classified - namely Markus Winkelhock and Johannes Seidlitz, the former went out on lap 24 after picking up a right rear puncture, while the latter stopped on lap 5.
The DTM now heads to the Nurburgring in two weeks time for the sixth round in this year's championship.