|The Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) goes into the fourth race of the season at the Lausitzring, Deutschland on the weekend of 15 – 16 June. The 3.478 kilometers Lausitzring is situated between the cities of Dresden and Berlin. The track is run in an anti-clockwise direction and features an unusually long straight, slow infield corners and chicanes. There are 52 laps which corresponds to a total distance of 180.865 km.|
Following the last DTM bout at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria where the three BMW drivers Bruno Spengler, Marco Wittman and Timo Glock did a 1 – 2 – 3 finish; the Lausitzring venue could prove to be another happy hunting ground for the Munich-based DTM squad.
Spengler, the Reigning DTM Champion, who drove his BMW M3 DTM to his first victory of the season at Spielberg reitereated, “It feels amazing to win a race again. Mind you, my last victory was not so long ago, as it was the last race of 2012 in Hockenheim.”
Spengler, along with rookie team mates Wittman and Glock are looking to another productive race at the Lausitzring this weekend. Both BMW M3 DTM rookies Wittman and Glock have never imagined a podium finish to arrive so soon, “Holding the runner-up trophy in my hands and spraying the champagne was a very special moment. It shows we have been working well as a team over the past weeks and months,” Wittman commented.
Although Glock has had only a brief period to prepare for his debut in the DTM, the former Virgin F1 driver showed his consistency at Spielberg’s Red Bull Ring circuit to come out third best behind fellow BMW M3 DTM drivers Spengler and Wittman.
Spengler leads the Drivers championship by 12 points ahead of Audi rival Mike Rockenfeller and 20 points from fellow BMW driver & DTM Hockenheim first round winner Augusto Farfus.
Mercedes-Benz DTM squads have planned two main attractions for the fans and DTM spectators during the Lausitzring weekend. First, Mercedes driver Pascal Wehrlein continues to spot the VfB Stuttgart colors of Red and White to honor Mercedes-Benz as main sponsor of the German side and the Three-point Star marque as the exclusive automobile partner of the Bundesliga football team. Second, the Three-star marque hosts 50 fans at the paddock; these fans will get an opportunity to watch the race from the paddock and meet their favorite Mercedes DTM stars.
Elsewhere, the six Mercedes DTM drivers; Gary Paffett, Wehrlein, Christian Vietoris, Robert Wickens, Roberto Merhi and Daniel Juncadella, are out to gun for glory at the Lausitzring. Paffett who spearheads his younger colleagues said, “My season hasn’t got off to the start I would’ve liked, but the occasional run of results like this is part and parcel of racing. The encouraging news for us is that our race pace is good.”
Paffett, who captured second place at Lausitz last year, has indicated that the cars need to qualify in the first rows in order to achieve better results. “If we can just qualify for the first couple of rows, we can then be contenders for the podium. Once again at the Lausitzring, much will depend on how well we get the car set up in Saturday’s free practice session.”
In 2005, Paffett won the DTM title after chasing Audi’s Mattias Ekstrom through the 44-lap Lausitzring race.
Audi squads’ eight drivers are set to reclaim some honors at the DTM Lausitzring weekend. Three drivers have been on the podium at previous Lausitzring races; Ekström (winner in 2004 and 2005), 2009 DTM champion Timo Scheider and Jamie Green. Rockenfeller, the runner-up in the standings after three races, was the best Audi driver in qualifying at Lausitzring last season. Rockenfeller, of course, has a victory in the bag for the four-ring marque at Round 2’s DTM race.