|If there’s a particular DTM event all Audi drivers equally rave about, it’s Zandvoort. The tradition-steeped circuit on the North Sea coast has been an integral element of the DTM since 2001 and is on the calendar this weekend, 15 – 17 July.|
The 4.307-kilometer tarmac band in the dunes near Amsterdam is regarded as an old-school track that separates the wheat from the chaff. “There are many nice turns in great combinations, uphill and downhill sections, plus the track has a wonderful rhythm. What I like best are the turns you practically enter blindly. that’s where you need a lot of confidence in your car,” said Mattias Ekström. Nobody has won in the Dutch DTM round more frequently than the Swede. Ekström has mounted the top of the podium there an amazing four times, most recently in 2014.
It doesn’t take the other Audi drivers long to recall their sweetest Zandvoort experiences either. “In my case, obviously, it was winning the title in 2013,” commented Mike Rockenfeller who, two years earlier, had celebrated his first DTM victory at Zandvoort as well. “I hope that, following the difficult start of the season, we’ll be able to continue these successes this year.”
Edoardo Mortara, Audi’s best-placed driver at the moment with just two points separating him from leader of the standings BMW’s Marco Wittmann, is a great fan of the dune circuit too. He is a victory at the Zandvoort track back in 2012.
Timo Scheider associates his first DTM pole position in the 2003 season with Zandvoort . Jamie Green, in 2004, won Sunday’s race in the then Formula 3 Euro Series and, as a result, secured the champion’s title early at Zandvoort. Other Audi DTM drivers like Adrien Tambay, Miguel Molina and Nico Muller all share fond memories of the famous Dutch track through the years.
Joining the action for the first time as support race for the DTM is the Audi Sport TT Cup. Qualifying kicks things off on Saturday followed by the opening race. The main race is set for all-out action on Sunday.
Edited: Audi Sport