Thursday 13 December 2018

Bakkerud: "It was hard to believe how late you can brake with the DTM cars."

FIA World RX driver and race winner Andreas Bakkerud was given the opportunity participate in the Audi DTM rookies test in Jerez, Spain earlier this week. 

Bakkerud, one of six drivers had the opportunity to test the 2018 Audi RS 5 DTM.

For the test, Audi Sport Team Rosberg’s DTM squad and Audi DTM customer team WRT each fielded one of Audi’s DTM touring cars with V8 naturally aspirated engines.

Jamie Green and Rene Rast provided the drivers with valuable pointers and feedback. Green was active as a reference driver for Audi Sport.

Bakkerud completed 59 laps in total on the 4.428km MotoGP circuit [261.252km's]

The Norwegian was left without a race seat for the 2019 season when EKS withdrew from the World RX Championship after loosing Audi factory support.

“For me as a rallycross driver, a completely new chapter," says Bakkerud. 

In preparation for the DTM rookie test, Andreas took to the simulator to gain some experience before heading out on track for the first time in a DTM car. 

"Last week I was able to prepare a little for the test in the simulator at Team Rosberg," he adds. "Obviously, then driving the RS 5 DTM here on the race track was even quite a bit more impressive. It was hard to believe how late you can brake with the DTM cars." 

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