Premium partner Hankook has presented the Best Pit Stop Award since joining what is probably the most popular touring car series in the world in 2011, rewarding the important work of the men in the pit lane. The DTM tyre partner provides a crystal trophy that the winners get to keep for a year, as well as putting on an event for the victorious team.
“It is difficult to emphasize just how important the work of the team crews is, especially this season. Only eight mechanics are involved in the tyre change and only one wheel gun is available for each side of the car. The DTM is all about tenths of a second so every move must be spot on during a pit stop, or you could lose a number of places. That is why we want to acknowledge the great performance of the teams in the pit lane, without which no driver in the DTM, or in motorsport in general, would have any chance of success,” said Manfred Sandbichler, Hankook Motorsport Director Europe.
Approaching the final race weekend, Audi Sport Team Phoenix already had an unassailable lead in the rankings and had been confirmed as the winner of the Best Pit Stop Award. After another first-place finish at the DTM finale in Hockenheim took the successful crew to a total of four wins and 163 points, 73 ahead of the BMW Team RBM with Maxime Martin in second place and the brand team-mates at the Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline with Mattias Ekström in the cockpit, in third position. The best-placed Mercedes-Benz pit crew was the Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA, supporting Edoardo Mortara in fifth place.
Ernst Moser, Audi Sport Team Phoenix team principal, commented, “We are very proud of this prize. It is a great reward for our guys, who work amazingly hard on the tyre changes and practice a lot, as everything must be just right in the race.”
Overall winners of the Hankook Best Pit Stop Award
2017 Audi Sport Team Phoenix
2016 BMW Team MTEK
2015 Audi Sport Team Abt
2014 Mercedes-AMG Team HWA
2013 BMW Team Schnitzer
2012 Audi Sport Team Abt
2011 Audi Sport Team Phoenix