DTM Lausitzring preview: Thrilling battles at the limit

DTM Lausitzring preview: Thrilling battles at the limit In the four races contested in the 2016 season to date, the 24 DTM drivers gave one another a really hard time, entertained the crowds with nerve-wracking battles and provided motor racing at its best.

The racing seems to be even closer than in the past: four different winners in four races and drivers representing every brand made it to the top step. So, the auguries for this year’s Lausitzring weekend differ a lot from last year’s. In 2015 it was the second race meeting of the season and Audi seemed to be virtually invincible. From the 3 – 5 June, however, the four-ring marque will have to fight hard to repeat their 2015 successes. Meanwhile, the BMW drivers travel to Eastern Germany with particularly boosted confidence – while the Mercedes-Benz camp is determined to strike back at all costs, after the poor weekend in Austria.
Jamie Green travels to the 3.478-kilometer Lausitzring with particularly high hopes. The circuit is one of Green’s favorite racetracks and last year, he won both races of the weekend, a rare feat in DTM. “For me, the season has only just begun,” the Briton said after having finished third in the Sunday race at Spielberg.

Having had a lot of bad luck in the season kick-off at Hockenheim, the points for having finished third at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday were the first he scored in 2016. In the same race, fellow Audi driver Ekström also scored a lot of points by battling his way up from 11th position on the grid to finish second. “We are fast but recently had qualifying problems,” said the Swede. “This has to get better. Now.” Meanwhile, the current Audi spearhead in the championship is Edoardo Mortara who holds second position with 40 points on his tally.

Mercedes-Benz driver Paul di Resta has got three points more on his tally and travels to the Lausitz as championship leader. But following their fantastic performance on the season kick-off weekend, he and the other seven Mercedes-Benz drivers had massive problems in Austria. In particular in the qualifying sessions, the Three-point Stars weren’t able to match the pace of the competitors. It would com as no surprise if Mercedes would strike back with the entire squad, in the third race meeting at the Lausitzring. After all, they have won 11 of the 17 DTM races contested at the Lausitzring to date.

From BMW’s point of view, the season could continue as it ran at the Red Bull Ring. . The Munich based manufacturer convinced with an extremely great team effort and now hold a clear lead in the manufacturers’ championship. And one driver even stood out from the strong BMW squad: Timo Glock. In his fourth DTM season, the former F1 driver seems to have fully arrived in DTM. With the win on Sunday and the fourth place on Saturday Glock leaped to third position in the championship. “The Sunday round was a true dream race for me ,” Glock said after his win. “I don’t know if I really will have the chance of becoming a force in the battle for the title. The season still is long. But I currently have a lot of fun. And I hope this also will be the case at the Lausitzring.” With Maxime Martin, Marco Wittmann, Tom Blomqvist and Augusto Farfus four other drivers hold top-10 positions in the championship, prior to the third DTM weekend.

The Lausitzring spectators can look forward to a truly outstanding motor-racing festival with a tight schedule : the DTM races on Saturday and Sunday, ADAC GT Masters, the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and the Superbike IDM bikes.