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DTM: Phoenix Racing scores no points in turbulent race on Sunday
23.07.2017
Mike Rockenfeller had a brilliant comeback on Sunday, but he did not score any points due to a time penalty. Fourteenth was Loïc Duval’s final position after a difficult race.

Audi Sport Team Phoenix scored no points in the second race of the DTM weekend at Moscow Raceway: Mike Rockenfeller finished seventh, but dropped to twelfth after receiving a time penalty. Loïc Duval was involved in multiple collisions and ended the race in fourteenth positon.

Rockenfeller already began moving forward during the first lap. “Rocky” came in for his pit stop and tyre change on the fifteenth lap, whilst he was running in ninth position. He then progressed up to seventh with strong manoeuvres on track. After the race, he received a five-second penalty because he had used too many DRS laps. This dropped him outside of the points-paying positions.

Loïc Duval was in the group of drivers having pitted before the safety car period. As a result of this strategy, the Frenchman was running in fourth place some of the time, but shortly before the end of the race, was touched by two rivals and dropped to position 14.

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Ernst Moser
Personally, I always enjoy coming to Moscow, not least because we’re always pretty successful here. This is particularly true for Rocky (Mike Rockenfeller). He again showed a strong performance here this time. That he finished on podium on Saturday in spite of his injured foot was amazing. With Loïc (Duval) we were lacking a bit of fortune in the race. In the qualifying sessions, he was just a few tenths away from the top 3 positions.

Mike Rockenfeller (position 2 / position 14)
Arriving here with a broken foot without even knowing if I’d be able to drive at all and then going home with a second place is definitely great. Obviously, I’d have liked finishing on podium on Sunday too, but from position 16 that’s difficult, especially since the safety car didn’t exactly play into our hands. But, as I said, considering that I had to brake with my right foot, I’m extremely happy. Thank you to Audi, my team, my doctors, my physiotherapists and all the others who made it possible for me to be able to race here in the first place. And congratulations to René (Rast) on his victory on Saturday and to Eki (Mattias Ekström) on the lead of the standings.

Loïc Duval (position 11 / position 14)
In the light of the point scores, things are obviously looking very bad, so I’m disappointed too. But the fact that our speed was good throughout the weekend is a positive. We were in the top ten in all the qualifying sessions. Unfortunately, a better result in the race on Saturday wasn’t possible because of the grid penalty. On Sunday, things initially looked promising with our strategy. But, unfortunately, this turned out to be the race where we had the worst vehicle balance of the whole weekend and weren’t competitive. I feel that we’d have deserved taking points home from Moscow. In the end, it was at least a positive result for Audi and I’m happy about that too. Now I’m looking ahead to Zandvoort and hope that we’ll be able to build on our development there.

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