DTM prepares for Rounds 3 & 4 at Lausitzring

  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.

After the first weekend of the season, Mercedes-AMG are on top in all three championships: drivers’, team and manufacturers’. The Hockenheim event was Mercedes-AMG’s 400th race where they notched up pole position number 123, their 521st and 522nd podium appearances, and 176th championship victory. Furthermore, the brand with the three-pointed star was the only one of the three manufacturers to have four of its drivers finish among the top ten in both races. Consequently, the team comes away from Hockenheim leading all three championships: Lucas Auer is top of the drivers’ standings on 40 points, while Mercedes-AMG lead the constructors’ table on 92 points and Mercedes-AMG Motorsport BWT the team table on 52 points.

Following a strong start to the season, the six BMW drivers will contest rounds three and four of the year with objectives to win and put the season on the right track.

With 25 points for second place in the first race, pole position for race two, and eighth place in the race on Sunday, Timo Glock of BMW Team RMG was the most successful BMW driver at the season opener in Hockenheim. DTM champion Marco Wittmann also picked up points for RMG in both races and was rewarded for his strong chase from 17th to 3rd place with a spot on the podium. Bruno Spengler in ninth place in the second race scored the first two points of the season for BMW Team RBM.

Jamie Green and Audi Sport Team Rosberg achieved the first victory of the new Audi RS 5 DTM at Hockenheim. In 6.9 seconds, Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline delivered the fastest pit stop according to the DTM’s new pit stop format that allows only eight mechanics to work on the car, and Audi Sport Team Phoenix started the new DTM season well, too.

Mike Rockenfeller scored points in both races and thrilled the fans in race one with a comeback from position 16 to third place. “The DTM is really good fun again,” says the 2013 DTM champion. “I haven’t been looking forward to the next DTM races like this year in a long time. I think the spectators feel the same way.”

The DTM Laustiz Rounds 3 & 4 starts on Saturday with the qualifiers and opening race, and the main race comes on on Sunday.