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Audi drivers aim to dominate at Brands Hatch DTM round

Wednesday, August 31 2011

Audi's Martin Tomczyk will be gunning for DTM leader Bruno Spengler at Brands Hatch this weekend (2-4 September) and has his eye on the title lead. The 29-year-old German currently lies second in the championship standings, just seven points adrift, and will be hoping for a repeat of 2007, when a second-place finish here left him at the top of the table. Both are aiming to emulate Paul Di Resta, who took the 2010 title in the touring car series, which was a springboard to his current F1 career.

Tomczyk is just seven points behind Mercedes-Benz driver Spengler and can take the title lead if his rival fails to score well. The German is confident that he can perform next weekend: "Brands Hatch is a nice track," he said." It's also a good one for Audi because we've clinched some nice results there. The circuit is small, very narrow, with a lot of laps being driven. Qualifying is crucial there, and of course the strategy."

However Tomczyk is not the only Audi driver in the title race. Timo Scheider is chasing a third crown to add to his 2008 and 2009 wins and is ranking in third place in the standings. He also has good form at Brands Hatch, as victory on the way to his first DTM title has been backed up with podium finishes, including third place last year. "I've got fond memories of Brands Hatch," he said, "where I was on podium in the past two years. In 2008 I even won there. It's always nice to return to a track where you've had good experiences in recent years. After the great weekend for Audi at the Nürburgring we're all travelling to Brands Hatch fully motivated."

Audi's other double champion Mattias Ekström won the first DTM round to be held at Brands Hatch in 2006. With a commanding victory last time out at the Nürburgring, he too can be expected to be on top form. "I always enjoy being at Brands Hatch," the Swede remarked. "It's no doubt one of the race tracks on which you can have the greatest fun. It's extremely short and produces very low lap times, which means we are driving a very large number of laps. Traffic is dense and tactics are important."
However the Audi spotlight this weekend will also be on Oliver Jarvis. The 27-year old from Burwell near Cambridge is a former winner of the McLaren Autosport BRDC young driver award. He has picked up podiums and a pole position already in his DTM career, but is eager for his maiden series win and will be fired up in front of his home crowd. "It's important for me to score points at my home race," he commented. "Brands Hatch is the shortest track on the calendar, but it is also very technical and extremely difficult to achieve a perfect lap - every small mistake costs you dearly because the margins in qualifying are so small. It's one of my favourite tracks and Paddock Hill Bend is one of the best corners in the world. The spectators can see almost every corner from the grandstands. I'm really looking forward to travelling to Brands Hatch."

Tickets for the DTM at Brands Hatch are available on the gate from £10, with free entry for children aged 12 and under. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here