Timo Scheider triumphs at Brands Hatch
At the eighth DTM round at Brands Hatch, Audi and Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline celebrated their fourth win of the 2008 season. In unstable weather conditions Timo Scheider defended an extremely narrow lead against Mercedes driver Paul di Resta on the British circuit. In front of 26,800 spectators (throughout the weekend) Timo Scheider thus extended his leadership of the standings to nine points. Mattias Ekström shone with a brilliant recovery from seventh to third place.
Thanks to a strong performance by the whole team Audi claimed victory at Brands Hatch and, after a fierce fight, clinched another podium position that was not necessarily to be expected. Thanks to an excellent job done by his Audi Team Abt Sportsline pit crew Timo Scheider converted his fourth pole position of the year into a flawless start-finish victory. Even when drizzling rain set in the German at the wheel of his Audi A4 DTM demonstrated his driving skills on slicks and remained in front after both pit stops.
"The pole position, the fastest race lap and victory – that was simply a fantastic day today. Now we can really celebrate and then tackle the final spurt of the season with the last three races", said Timo Scheider.
During the overtaking manoeuvres – the front runners lapped the backmarkers on the 1.929-kilometre short circuit twice – Mercedes-Pilot Paul di Resta on several occasions came within just a few tenths of the race leader. Timo Scheider kept cool even in those situations and, in the end, won with a 0.793-second lead. In addition to the best time in qualifying and his second win of the season, the 29-year-old Audi factory driver set the fastest race lap as well. He is now heading the standings nine points ahead of Jamie Green. This gives Scheider the biggest advantage so far since taking the lead at the second DTM round at Oschersleben in April.
Last year's champion Mattias Ekström completed the current DTM leader's success with an equally remarkable performance. After having started only from seventh place on the grid after a defect in qualifying, Ekström tackled his 80th DTM race with a different strategy than his team-mates. Using clever tactics, his team delayed the two mandatory pit stops. When the Swede pitted for the second time on lap 59 his crew even managed to perform the quickest stop of all teams. This enabled Ekström, who had previously led the race, to get into third place after going out again. With his fourth podium position in the current season, with three more races to go, Ekström maintains his position on the heels of his immediate rivals in the standings, Jamie Green and Paul di Resta, who – respectively – have only a one-point advantage. Ekström is one of just two drivers who have scored points at each race this year.
Martin Tomczyk was the third Audi driver to manage the leap into the top five. He entertained the British fans with spectacular duels and defeated the DTM runner-up, Bruno Spengler, who had to settle for position six in the final result. Tom Kristensen – in seventh place – completed the quartet of the new Audi A4 DTM cars finishing in the points.