After Saturday's five-time victory, Audi also achieved a good result in the DTM race on Sunday September 6, 2020 in Assen with second, third, fourth and fifth places. Robin Frijns and Nico Müller gave Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline a double podium.
Heavy rain showers caused difficult conditions during Sunday's race. For Robin Frijns, there was the first surprise from the starting grid: his partner Maike Frik, responsible for the organization of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, stood in front of his blue Audi RS 5 DTM as a "grid girl ”. "Last year she made a promise to do it for me when I won my first DTM victory", said Frijns. "Respect the fact that she not only remembers it, but also succeeded in these weather conditions. "
Frijns did not disappoint his partner afterwards. On lap 11 he passed Loïc Duval of Audi Sport Team Phoenix, who had been leading until then, then continued to pull away from his pursuers. The Dutchman struggled with tires with a lead of almost ten seconds. “I was quite surprised to be only second after the pit stop and suddenly had to fight with Sheldon van der Linde (BMW rider). "
The South African objected early on for a tire change, exactly the right strategy on a wet track. A red flag shortly before the end of the race was also beneficial for van der Linde: the BMW rider was able to change tires during the break and defended his lead after the restart.
"After the red flag, the conditions were very dangerous", said Robin Frijns. “There was an extreme amount of water on the track. It would have been stupid to risk too much and lose second place. With my win yesterday and second today, I managed to have a great weekend in front of my home crowd. "
Frijns collected the most points at Assen and is just 26 points behind teammate Nico Müller in the Drivers' Championship. The Swiss experienced a déjà vu from the day before Sunday. "After a good start, I was stuck behind Loïc and Robin", said Müller. “It was annoying to lose several places again in the first lap. The poor visibility in the rain made it very difficult to catch up. Nevertheless, I managed to make my way to second place behind Robin. BMW pulled off a pretty smart maneuver with the early pit stop for Sheldon. The red flag of course helped them even more. Third place is a good result, but we didn't get the maximum here. The thirst for victory is growing. "
Loïc Duval had to settle for fourth place after his first advance. "We have to find out why we couldn't keep up the pace from the opening laps or else I would have won easily today", said the Frenchman. “When my team gave me rain tires at the pit stop, I thought it was a mistake at first, but it was fair because it started to rain again. His team-mate Mike Rockenfeller, meanwhile, had slicks and had to stop in the pits for a second tire change. He narrowly missed the points in eleventh place.
Defending Audi Sport Team Rosberg champion René Rast took pole position in a tight qualifying session on a dry track on Sunday. "But the race has not yet gone in our direction"Rast said after a hotly contested fifth place finish. “There were a lot of decisions to be made under these conditions. Sometimes we were right, sometimes not. Also, we had a little technical problem with the car which cost me power. I still lost a lot of points against Nico and Robin, but we will continue to fight. A lot can still happen this season. His teammate Jamie Green did not score in twelfth place after two tire changes. "
Ferdinand Habsburg again scored points for customer team WRT Team Audi Sport in seventh place.
"It was another exciting DTM race", said Dieter Gass, director of Audi Motorsport. “With the rain at the start, the conditions were very difficult. It was not clear if the track would dry out or if more rain showers would come. There were different sets of information about it. We have seen different tire strategies. In the end, an early stop was the lucky strategy today. The race stoppage also played a role, because I think without the red flag our drivers would have caught up with Sheldon at the end, but this is racing! The second, third, fourth and fifth places are a good overall performance for the team. We are now looking forward to the Nürburgring. "
There, four more DTM races are on the agenda over the next two weekends.