‘Rocky’ wants to race – and win – at Moscow
The bad crash of Mike Rockenfeller at the Norisring still represents an issue for Audi. As Rockenfeller’s RS 5 DTM had to cope with g-forces of up to 35g and was massively damaged, in the incident, Phoenix had to completely revise his racing car on the basis of another monocoque. The roll-out was executed last Tuesday by Dutchman Nyck de Vries. Afterwards, the vehicle was measured and on Thursday evening it was loaded on board a truck to afterwards hit the road for the 2,400-kilometre trip to Moscow.
Meanwhile, Mike Rockenfeller is recovering quickly. Should he – against expectation – be not able to race in Russia he will be replaced by 22-year old reserve driver de Vries. “I like the circuit and want to race there at all costs,” ‘Rocky’ says with a lot of fighting spirit. “If I don’t I arguably will be out of the contention for the championship.” Furthermore, the German revealed that he went easy on his foot, went to see his physiotherapist regularly and that an orthopaedic designed a special bandage for his left racing boot. Rockenfeller: “It should be okay with this bandage. And I want to not only race in Moscow but also want to secure my third race win at this circuit.” In 2013 and 2015 Rockenfeller gave Audi their only race wins at the Moscow Raceway to date.