audi not interested in performance concessions despite dtm struggles

16:00    02 Jul 2018

Audi says they have no interest in seeing performance concessions applied in the 2018 DTM championship despite their struggles so far this year.

DTM shelved its performance weights system before the final two weekends of the 2017 campaign, and further regulation changes - including reduced downforce and a simplified suspension - were then negotiated for this year.

DTM regulations allow a team to apply for concessions in order to level the playing field, although that would have to be agreed by representatives of the governing body DMSB, DTM umbrella organisation ITR as well as Audi, BMW and Mercedes.

Audi's rivals were given concessions in the past, with BMW enjoying a reduced base weight and wider rear wing in Marco Wittmann's title-winning season in 2016. Yet Audi motorsport chief Dieter Gass has rejected the notion that they will ask for assistance in this regard.

"Basically, this is not our philosophy," he said. "For me personally, this is unsporting. Whoever has the fastest car should also win.

"In contrast to recent years, the regulations do not provide for a system for performance compensation.

"We were aware of this when we campaigned last year for the abolition of performance weights and accepted the intervention in the existing aerodynamic homologation.

"A decision that was also important and correct for the DTM in retrospect."

Audi’s leading driver, Mike Rockenfeller, who is 10th and a full 65 points behind points leader Gary Paffett, echoed the sentiments of Gass.

"[This] would only lead to new discussions - and we all don't need them," he said.

"I never thought it was great to get a better performance and be victorious with enhancements, [like] a wider wing and less weight."

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