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201529 Sep

Audi-Mortara

 

With a strong race on Saturday, Audi driver Edoardo Mortara (Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline) advanced to second place in the DTM drivers’ standings at the Nurburgring.

 

The Italian in his Castrol Edge Audi RS 5 DTM, in fifth place, had previously been the best Audi driver in the morning’s qualifying session. In turn one, Mortara managed to overtake Mercedes drivers Lucas Auer and Pascal Wehrlein, who had started in front of him. Subsequently, he outperformed the BMW of Bruno Spengler as well and held up to the pressure from leader of the standings Pascal Wehrlein up to the checkered flag.

 

“I’m very happy with my race,” Mortara said following his fifth podium result in the 2015 season. “I had a tremendous start today and a fantastic car. We’re pleased with second place – but we’re aiming for more.”

 

Eduardo-Mortara

Edoardo Mortara

 

On taking second place, Mortara bumped his teammate Mattias Ekstrom by one point to third place in the DTM drivers’ standings. In an extremely close qualifying session in the morning, the Swede had to settle for 17th place and in the race recovered to position ten although his Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM had suffered front-end damage in the starting commotion. 

 

In the final stage, Ekstrom was supported by his brand colleague Mike Rockenfeller, who in the Schaeffler Audi RS 5 DTM of Audi Sport Team Phoenix had been defending position six for a long time. However, in a tussle with Mercedes driver Maximilian Gotz, he lost several positions and in the end had to settle for an unrewarding eleventh place.  

 

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