Audi To The Fore As Nigel Mansell Returns To The Race Track

Audi was to the fore when six World Champions including Britain’s Nigel Mansell returned to the racetrack last weekend (16 July) for a DTM “Legends Shoot-out” in aid of charity.

Mansell, the 1992 World Champion along with Alain Prost (F), Emerson Fittipaldi (Bra), Jody Scheckter (SA) plus motor cycling world champions Johnny Cecotto (Ven) and Mick Doohan (AUS) drove spectacular Audi, Mercedes and Opel DTM cars at the Norisring street circuit in Germany.

“It was a steep learning curve in terms of driving these DTM cars for the first time and also on a circuit totally new to me but it was great fun,” said Birmingham-born Mansell who now lives in Jersey.

“It was the first time I’d driven a racing car on a circuit since 1998 and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience - to drive these fabulous cars, to meet these great guys once again while at the same time earning money for my nominated UK Youth charity of which I am President, was very satisfying.”

Frenchman Alain Prost (50), the four-time Formula One World Champion (1985/86/89/93) won the event. Prost, who scored 51 wins from 202 Grands Prix between 1980-1993, posted the ultimate fastest time of 49.920secs driving a 2004 Abt Audi TTR.

The Audi TT set the fastest time in all three sessions with Fittipaldi (50.493secs) and Cecotto (50.596secs) joining Prost at the top of the time sheets. Mansell finished second overall.

The event was expected to raise over £350,000 for various charity organisations and was decided on aggregated times. Each “legend” contested three, five-minute stints, each one doing a stint in an Audi A4 DTM or Audi TTR, Mercedes C-Class and Opel Vectra GTS V8. The fastest lap times each driver set, in each of his stints, were added together to determine an ultimate winner.

Published 18 July 2005 Melanie Carter

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