‘Rocky’ sparks hopes for stricken Audis
A small sliver of hope for Audi at the Norisring: the drivers from the Ingolstadt-based brand having been empty-handed after the race on Saturday, there was some consolation on the following day. In third free practice n Nuremberg, Mike Rockenfeller posted a convincing fastest time of 47.839 seconds. “The car was slightly better than yesterday. There were slight improvements and I am a little bit more confident. Now, we have to see where we are in qualifying. Being in first place after free practice is better than 18th place like yesterday. We have made a few steps ahead. Now, we have to get it all together in qualifying.”
Behind Rockenfeller, the two Mercedes-AMG drivers Edoardo Mortara and Paul Di Resta posted exactly identical times at 48.159 seconds. The race winner from Saturday and his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver ended up in the top three in all free practice sessions at the Norisring. Daniel Juncadella (48.172) and Gary Paffett (48.208) completed the quartet of drivers with the three-pointed star. Local hero Marco Wittmann ended up as the best-placed BMW driver in eighth place with 48.256 seconds.
The starting grid postions for the Sunday race will be determined in second qualifying in Nuremberg from 11.10 hrs. The hunt for the times from Nuremberg will be streamed live at DTM.com/live and in the DTM apps for iOS and Android. The race starts at 13.30 hrs.