During a thrilling weekend of racing at the Norisring in Germany and in front of an impressive crowd of 123,500 spectators, Audi were victorious at the DTM in both races. Success was also celebrated by Audi Middle East, who supported two of Middle East’s racing talents in the Audi Sport TT Cup at the same circuit Zaid Ashkanani from Kuwait and Lebanese Edy Saaiby from Dubai represented the region at the third round of the Audi Sport TT Cup. On the challenging city street circuit in the Franconian metropolis Nuremberg, the two Middle Eastern drivers clinched podium positions in their class. The Audi Sport TT Cup was part of the DTM’s supporting program in which Audi made history. After 14 years, DTM Audi drivers Edoardo Mortara and Nico Müller were finally triumphant for Audi at the Norisring.
Celebrating a hard weekend of DTM racing, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport) said “Obviously, going home this weekend from the Norisring with two victories in our pockets after 14 long years is a dream. The entire squad is incredibly happy about this. After Edoardo Mortara’s victory on Saturday, I said that hopefully we’ve now broken the spell. On Sunday, we proved that this was definitely the case. In the second race, it was literally a tad harder once more. But Nico (Müller) really pulled this off in commanding style”.
In the overall DTM classification Edoardo Mortara trails the new front runner, Marco Wittmann (BMW), in second place of the standings with a two-point deficit. The teams’ standings are led by Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline. In the manufacturers’ classification, Audi is in second place with a 34-point deficit.
But the DTM drivers were not the only ones who had reason to celebrate on the Norisring. Audi Middle East drivers Zaid Ashkanani and Edy Saaiby delivered a solid performance in a highly competitive field at the Audi Sport TT Cup.
22-year-old Zaid Ashkanani demonstrated his great talent with a 7th position overall on Saturday and 12th place overall on Sunday and therefore secured himself second place in both races in his class. “I had a great time and finishing second as a guest driver made me enjoy my time here even more. Especially as it is my first time in the TT Cup car and my first time on this challenging track”, said the Kuwaiti. “It was really nice to be on the podium with Lucas di Grassi who is a very experienced driver and to compete in such a strong field of young talents in the Audi Sport TT Cup.”
Edy Saaiby who scored position 14th overall and 4th in his class in the first race and finished 15th overall and 3rd among the guest drivers in the second race, was overwhelmed: “This was an amazing weekend and a great experience”, the 32-year-old says. “The young talents in the Audi Sport TT Cup are incredibly fast and it was a real challenge to compete with them. I’m happy with my result among guest drivers like WEC driver Lucas di Grassi, Spanish race car driver Marcos Martinez or Bundesliga coach Michael Henke”, he continues. “It was amazing to see how many Audi fans came to the track to support their brand.”
Chris Reinke, Head of Audi Sport customer racing, assessed the event positively too: “Following Audi Sport’s two fantastic successes in the DTM, the performances delivered by the young drivers in the Audi Sport TT Cup marked a tremendous conclusion of a very successful weekend.”
After three of seven race weekends, Dennis Marschall has taken the lead of the overall Audi Sport TT Cup standings. The driver who finished last season in third place, with a score of 124 points, has a five-point advantage over Lappalainen. The previous front runner, Sheldon van der Linde, following his retirement in round two at the Norisring, dropped to third place with 106 points. In round four, the Audi Sport TT Cup will be celebrating a premiere. From July 15 to 17, a race weekend in the Audi one-make cup will be held at Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands for the first time.