Showdown in Hockenheim: “Rocky” to step on the podium?
10/10/18 / DTM / Warm-Up
The 32nd DTM season is on the home stretch – and the legendary Hockenheimring is hosting the two final races. After strong performances in recent pursuits, Schaeffler pilot Mike Rockenfeller is gaining momentum, with a spot on the podium now within reach.
To some, Hockenheim is a tranquil town in Baden-Württemberg. To others, it is one of the leading names in international motorsports. Not only is the Hockenheimring the traditional place where the DTM season kicks off, it is also the venue for the final. This weekend, October 13 - 14, the track will host the season’s last races: number 19 and 20. And once again, it promises to be a gripping, action-filled event.
“Rocky”: A place on the podium within reach
Having scored seven times in a row during recent races, Audi RS 5 DTM pilot Mike “Rocky” Rockenfeller is one of the frontrunners ahead of the final race. At the Spielberg circuit in Austria, the prefinal stop of the DTM, the 34-year-old German driver for Audi Sport Team Phoenix secured second and eighth position. These great results mean the 2013 DTM champion now has a real chance of gaining a spot on the podium at the Baden-based Motodrom.
The “cradle of the automobile”
The Hockenheimring is located in the Rhine-Neckar region not far from Mannheim, the so-called “cradle of the automobile”. It was here that Karl von Drais invented the “draisine” running machine and Carl Benz developed the first automobile powered by a combustion engine. Initially twelve kilometres long, the first races at the Hockenheimring took place as early as 1932. However, the circuit has since been shortened step by step. In 2002, the final changes were made, with the then seven-kilometer-long circuit being reduced to today’s 4.574 kilometers. In parallel, the traditional high-speed circuit was modernized and now features at least three good opportunities to overtake competitors – opportunities that “Rocky” is determined to take.
A long DTM tradition
Schaeffler and its product brands have supported drivers and teams with know-how in motorsport and technology right from the start of the DTM. Since 2011, the technology group has been giving its name to the Schaeffler Audi, celebrating major successes including two title wins. In the DTM, cars with internal combustion engines have traditionally been used. With the help of innovative technologies and products, Schaeffler is working to make IC engines more efficient and fit for the mobility for tomorrow.