Audi’s DTM Cars are Hard to Drive Even Compared to LMP1

Audi’s DTM Cars are Hard to Drive Even Compared to LMP1

Audi’s DTM Cars are Hard to Drive Even Compared to LMP1

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LoÏc Duval has had a lot of incident driving cars very quickly, having raced Le Mans a number of times and won it in 2013. But the French driver says that driving DTM cars is quiet a challenge for him.

The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters mainly sees competition between Audi, Mercedes, and BMW as they competition around Europe for German sedan supremacy.

Audi races the RS5 DTM in the series, and impressive into it from the R18 has proven difficult for Duval in his first season.

“I am a rookie in DTM,” Duval told Motorsport.com, adding that his machinate is also a rookie. “So both [of us] together not knowing, sometimes we don’t be familiar with exactly where to step and that is difficult.”

More than that, be that as it may, the cars are different from what Duval is used to.

“Every tire has a particular philosophy, this type of tires are really difficult [compared] to what I utilized to drive the last 10 years,” he said. “You could do things to those tires and the tires accepted, and you could force them a little bit, you could overdrive them. These tires are always baffling to overdrive and push to the limit.”

The result has been a less than stellar cardinal four races for the driver. Duval, so far, has yet to finish better than 14th place and yet to grade a point. Other RS5 drivers, like Jamie Green, have had more serendipity. The Englishman has won two races and is second in the championship standings.

This season’s car, it should be said, were designed to be burdensome to drive. With less downforce and more power than last ready, the cars are definitely a handful and difficult to get to grips with.

“You think you have cultured a lot, but you still realize that every single day there is something to learn. It is problematical to me, I was expecting it to be difficult, but it is just to put everything together.”

Duval is still showing tempo. During qualifying at the Lausitzring, for example, Duval set times in the three sectors that would be struck by put him in ninth place, but could never get a lap together to set that time.

“There are some positives yon the performance but we definitely didn’t put everything together and that is going to be the intractable point of it.”

[source: motorsport.com]

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