• Mercedes driver Bruno Spengler wins DTM last man standing knockout competition at Munich's Olympic Stadium

      This round of DTM racing was unlike any other. For the first time ever, DTM did a knockout racing competition set in a stadium. Odd? Yes, kind of. The video below will give you a better idea of what this looked like but basically on the first day drivers set their times. Then the field was cut and on the second day of racing the top 8 drivers from Audi and Mercedes were pitted against each other in knock-out races for a 16 car field. The final race came down to Bruno Spengler and Audi's Edoardo Mortara with Spengler coming out on top.




      Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG C-Class):

      “It’s a great feeling to have won this first DTM Show Event at the Olympic Stadium here in Munich. It was tremendous fun driving on this circuit and soaking up the atmosphere. The track is first rate and every race was incredibly close. Today’s result certainly made up for yesterday’s final against Edoardo Mortara. I was very pleased to see so many fans turn up in the stadium, and I hope they’ll be back to see us again soon for more DTM racing.”

      Renger van der Zande (stern AMG Mercedes C-Class):

      “DTM’s debut in Munich has been terrific. What a great atmosphere, and after Saturday, I’m over the moon to finish on the podium on Sunday. I drove on the limit, but unfortunately, I missed the finals by a whisker. I’m not too disappointed, though – I’m going home with two trophies in the bag. I hope that I can take the momentum gained this weekend into the second half of the season.”

      Christian Vietoris (Junge Sterne AMG Mercedes C-Class):

      “On Saturday, I held back a bit in order not to do any unnecessary damage to the car, but today I really put my foot down. I’m happy to finish on the podium at this first DTM event in Munich’s Olympic stadium – it was a really great experience; driving in front of so many spectators and at such a fantastic venue was just tremendous.”

      Jamie Green (AMG Mercedes C-Class):

      “I’m happy with my performance, my C-Class ran very well. Too bad that I was knocked out by Bruno. On Saturday, he was a bit faster than me. Today, maybe I was a bid better. I’m not sure if being given a time penalty was the right decision.”

      David Coulthard (Deutsche Post AMG Mercedes C-Class):

      “It’s a pity to have gone out of this event with a crash. I hit the right inside of the wall with one of my wheels. The surface was still very greasy. I apologise to my mechanics, but that’s motor racing. In a race like this, it’s all about millimetres. I knew I was running behind, so I stepped on the gas. I hope the fans enjoyed the show event. The atmosphere was simply sensational.”

      Norbert Haug, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport:

      “A quality event with quality spectators and a quality winner. Bruno Spengler claimed a well-deserved victory here today and can rightly style himself ‘First DTM Indoor Champion’, even though the title doesn’t officially exist. Well done, Bruno! I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to everyone who made this very special competition possible, to the Olympiapark operators who had the courage to stage this event and whose decision has been thoroughly vindicated, to the ITR and the DMSB, and of course to all our team members who have not only worked very hard preparing for the show this weekend but also have a lot of follow-up work to do after various close encounters with the barriers. We can now look forward to the next DTM race in three weeks’ time at the Nürburgring.”
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      Comments 10 Comments
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        This was pretty cool, check this vid out. Maybe stadium racing will become popular? Interesting idea:

      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Seriously people, this is kind of cool.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        says it's a private video.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        says it's a private video.
        Yep, it was changed.

        Well, the first vid still loads.

        This was a really cool event.
      1. Sorena's Avatar
        Sorena -
        Cool video, shows how hard is to driver an F1 in a tight track.
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sorena Click here to enlarge
        Cool video, shows how hard is to driver an F1 in a tight track.
        He had to drift turn some turns, because F1 steering does not allow for such tight turns. It can be adjusted, but I think the maximum steering angle is close to 22 degrees.
        It also shows F1 cars are great once they have speed. Getting off the line is a struggle.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Why are we talking F1?
      1. DavidV's Avatar
        DavidV -
        Because of the last part of your clip was Mercedes F1 Rosberg driving the circuit. And because I know more about F1 then about DTM Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by DavidV Click here to enlarge
        Because of the last part of your clip was Mercedes F1 Rosberg driving the circuit. And because I know more about F1 then about DTM Click here to enlarge
        Fair enough.
      1. LZH's Avatar
        LZH -
        It's a shame there isn't more interest in road racing in the US like there is in Europe. Cool video...always fun to see brake lights so you can see just how much trail braking and rotating the pros do; especially on the tight technical stuff. The speed difference between the DTM and F1 car was mind ridiculous.