The DTM visits the Lausitzring for the 16th time, this season. The spectators literally sit in the front row at this track: From the imposing stand near the start-finish straight, they can almost see the entire track. The DTM competes on the 3.478-kilometer loop that is made up of sections of the tri-oval and the track.
Although the four-ring marque had the edge at Hockenheim, rivals BMW and Mercedes are bound to answer the call at Lausitz with strong intentions. Furthermore, Audi cars have to carry 5 – 10 kilograms more for the second round race. Audi squads have been triumphant at Lausitzring twice in 2005 and 2011; ’05 was courtesy of Mattias Ekstrom, Team mates Edoardo Mortara, Jamie Green, Nico Mueller and rest of the Audi guys are all equally upbeat about round two’s race. Muller, a couple of weeks ago, won the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring in the new Audi R8 LMS.
BMW has a special connection with the track 130 kilometers south of Berlin: Reigning Champion Marco Wittmann made history last season when, before the end of the season, he finished sixth in the BMW M4 DTM to become the youngest ever German champion. It was also here that Bruno Spengler celebrated the 50th BMW win in the DTM and the first win since its DTM comeback in 2012. Maxime Martin, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk are all back in action at Lausitz, following the recent Nurburgring 24-hour race.
Mercedes DTM have traditionally been consistent at the Lausitzring, and they hope to bounce back with podium spots this time around. Last time out at Hockenheim, Gary Paffett moved 20 places up the field during the one-hour race to secure the 33rd podium of his DTM career. The Mercedes DTM veteran is looking to get straight onto the podium in one or both races at Lausitz.
After the double podium secured by Pascal Wehrlein and Paul Di Resta in the first race, the Mercedes-AMG DTM team claimed a third top three finish of the weekend. In race 2, Robert Wickens and Wehrlein were placed seventh and eighth respectively in a thrilling rain-affected race. Other Mercedes DTM cars who finished outside the point-paying positions were; Christian Vietoris, eleventh, Daniel Juncadella, fifteenth, Maximilian Götz, sixteenth, and Di Resta, 22nd. Rookie Lucas Auer skidded off the track and retired in his second DTM race.