|The DTM Norisring, rounds 7 and 8, was won by BMW drivers Bruno Spengler and Maxine Martin. Spengler won the first race in a dominant way from Martin and Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom. While, Martin scored the win in the main event, after a dramatic race.|
|The DTM Rounds 3 and 4 at Lausitz saw Lucas Auer and Jamie Green share the wins. Auer was victorious in the opening race, while Green took a commanding win in the Main race.|
|Fresh from the Season-opener at Hockenheimring, the DTM prepares for Rounds 3 & 4 at the Lausitzring, this weekend. In the first two rounds, Lucas Auer won the opening race and Jamie Green took the win in the main race.|
|The updated Audi RS 5 DTM is getting prepped to face the DTM season-opener at the Hockenheimring on 6 May. The team and its drivers are all eager to get back into action after a long break of more than 200 days.|
|Every DTM driver knows the true benefits of an effective pitstop. It could win or lose a race in a blink of an eye. Stops are so crucial that Mercedes-AMG DTM’s Race Engineer Marius Meier-Diedrich gave an insight into the world of DTM pitstops.|
In the course of the test week, the six Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers put in 1,580 laps (equivalent to 7,227 km) at Hockenheimring, more than either of the other two manufacturers.
Paul Di Resta set the second-fastest lap of the test week on the final day of the tests, with a time of 1:30.230. The new generation of DTM cars was therefore more than two seconds faster than its predecessors as recorded on the final weekend of the 2016 season at the same venue. By way of comparison, the pole time for Race 1 on the second of the two visits to Hockenheim in 2016 was 1:32.344.
After the first two test days, Paffett’s team mate Wickens took over the car for the rest of the week. “The most important thing is that we were able to complete our entire program,” confirmed Wickens, who drove more than 830 km on the last day alone. “It was solely about preparing the car for the races. Now we’re really looking forward to finally getting started.”
DTM returnee Maro Engel had the opportunity to try out the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM in Hockenheim for the first time. “It was fantastic to drive our new DTM car for the first time. The team worked superbly well and made the job easier for me. It was great fun. I was able to learn a lot about the car and the tyres. The next time I get into the car, it will be to race.”
Engel shared the car during this test week with his team-mate Di Resta, who also professed himself satisfied with the program. “We did our job, working on the balance and other things,” said the 2010 DTM champion. “We have ticked off as much as possible from our list and tried to optimize everything. Because what comes next is race time. My overall impression is positive.”
At the moment, new arrival Edoardo Mortara just can’t get enough of his ‘Pink Panther’. “It’s a pity that these were my last two test days before the start of the season. We have collected a lot of data this week that will help us make our car even faster, more reliable and more driveable.”
In the meanime, team-mate Lucas Auer was reacting with astonishment to the fast lap times of the new generation of DTM cars:
Over the course of the three winter tests at Portimao, Vallelunga and Hockenheim, the Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers completed a total distance of 11,445 km.
On the weekend of 5 – 7 May, the DTM will return to Hockenheim for the season opener. With the winter tests now at an end, the team will continue its preparations for the forthcoming campaign at the factory in Affalterbach. The team still has a lot of work to do between now and the first race weekend, which is also a home fixture for Mercedes-AMG.