In the last official DTM tests before the season starts, Audi is presenting the liveries of its Audi RS 5 DTM vehicles, which had not been unveiled yet. On Adrien Tambay’s racecar, the famous black Playboy graphics are returning to the DTM.
From this Monday to Thursday, all eight Audi factory drivers are participating in the preparation for the DTM season opener on 4th May. The drivers forming a squad together with two-time DTM Champions Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström and DTM Champion Mike Rockenfeller are sharing the testing time in four Audi RS 5 DTMs. Following the successful track tests at Budapest, in which Audi set 5 out of 8 possible best times, the main focus at the Hockenheimring will be placed on perfecting the processes, plus race simulations and set-up work for the first race.
Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport said “The level of excitement about the season opener is rising. You can clearly tell that’s the case with all the engineers, mechanics and drivers.” “We’re happy with the way the preparations have gone so far and are definitely a step further ahead than we were at this time last year. We have still got our plate full though just for Hockenheim. As the race weekends only give us one practice session before qualifying anymore, the final track tests will also be about achieving the best possible basic set-up for the first weekend in May. So we are in for a heavy workload on these four days.”
Adrien Tambay is tackling the rehearsal with special motivation. The graphics on his Audi RS 5 DTM make the 23-year old Frenchman the new ‘Playboy’ in DTM. “For a young sportsman like me that’s obviously the perfect sponsor,” added Tambay with a smile. “I’m proud of running with the Bunny adorning my roof. But being fast is even more important.”
Edoardo Mortara’s racecar that advertises Audi’s sporty RS models with striking red elements features spectacular graphics as well. Newcomer Nico Müller will be starting from the grid in the 2014 season with the Audi Financial Services logo. Well-known graphics, not least due to the 2011 and 2013 title wins, are the colors of the Schaeffler Group with which Mike Rockenfeller will be running again.