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On May 7 and 8, the #dtm will start its new season at Hockenheim. #audi #sport has once more optimized the current #audi RS 5 #dtm in many details for its last #racing season. The #audi drivers are fit for the fierce #competition with BMW and Mercedes-Benz, too – as their most recent fitness checkups at Technical University Munich revealed.
Audi relies on “Vorsprung durch Technik” not only with its race cars. The brand with the four rings is one of the first automobile manufacturers to have recognized early how important fitness and health of the drivers is in achieving success. Even as far back as in the days of the legendary original quattro in the World Rally Championship a team physician would accompany all the factory-backed commitments of the brand from Ingolstadt. The joint winter camp involving all the drivers that #audi #sport organizes every year before the start of the season dates back to the nineteen-nineties.
Since then, #audi #sport has shifted into higher gear once more. All factory drivers undergo a comprehensive fitness and medical checkup at Technical University Munich (TUM) before the Hockenheim season opener. The “Klinikum rechts der Isar” university hospital is Germany’s largest center for preventive and sports medicine attending to more than 500 athletes from national teams per year – including the skiers from Audi’s partner DSV (German Ski Association). Contact between #audi #sport and TUM was established through the ski association.
Although the program completed by the eight #audi #dtm drivers is tough, they tackle it with great vigor every year. “The facilities and attendance at the hospital are first-class. Everything is available there in a single place,” says Jamie Green, the #audi driver with the best points score in the #dtm last year. “It’s great that #audi #sport offers us this opportunity. They found a few things there in my case too that no other doctor had detected before. As a result, I was able to work on them together with my physiotherapist.”
The checkup that takes about four hours and is sweat-inducing at times starts with the taking of blood samples, followed by isometric strength measurements. During these measurements, the driver’s physique, head alignment, strength and agility, as well as the functions of the joints are checked. A comparison with the results from previous checkups provides a picture of the race driver’s development – making it possible to individually adjust his training program.
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