Half a day each with the Audi Sport test squad, some 300 kilometers at the wheel of the Audi RS 5 DTM, simulations of qualifying sessions and races, starting practice, plus the most successful Audi DTM driver of all time, Mattias Ekström, as a reference: Matthew Brabham, Mitch Evans, Antonio Giovinazzi, Ben Hanley, Alex Palou and Arthur Pic received an opportunity many young race drivers dream of in Andalusia during the first week of December.
“The Young Driver Test has become a tradition at Audi Sport,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport, who was on-site to get a personal impression of the young drivers. “A number of our current factory drivers proved their prowess in these tests in the past. The young drivers’ characters differ a lot from each other and it’s always interesting to see how they tackle a task like this.”
Ekstrom, the two-time DTM champion, set a reference time at the wheel of the Audi RS 5 DTM on all three test days in optimal external conditions. In addition, Miguel Molina, who had previously been discovered at a ‘Young Driver Test’ himself and won his first DTM race this year, assisted the six youngsters with advice. The five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro intensively watched the tests as well. They were not primarily focused on pure lap times, but on the overall impression left by the young talents, and it was a generally positive one; despite major differences in experience of the six selected drivers.
Edited: Audi Sport