DTM Round 2 at a new Lausitzring track

Before the drivers even got a chance to take a breather, the DTM round 2 at Lausitzring already beckons, this weekend. This weekend, round two of the DTM sees the Lausitzring host races three and four of the year on the 4.570-kilometer circuit. This new layout is technically demanding, while the smooth and fine-pored asphalt offers little grip. With 14 corners and only a few straights, the race tyres must provide plenty of traction in the winding sections, as the aerodynamic downforce generated by the DTM cars was reduced by one third at the start of the season.

The uneven track surface, particularly at the end of the top-speed sections, makes braking into sharp corners difficult. Bumps cause the front of the cars to ‘bounce’ up and down.

At the season-opener, Mercedes and BMW split the wins with Gary Paffett and Timo Glock. 2017 Champions Audi squads are eager to dethrone their rivals and get on the win column at the Lausitz. But, it won’t be that easy…

Four Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers, Paffett, Paul Di Resta, Pascal Wehrlein and Lucas Auer have already taken wins at the Lausitzring, three of them (Di Resta, Wehrlein, Auer) took their maiden wins in the DTM at this circuit. “I’m obviously looking forward tremendously to the Lausitzring. I’ve won three times there in the past. This year’s longer track layout will be a bit different, so it’s going to be interesting to see how we get on. The car feels competitive, and hopefully, we can continue on form this weekend,” said Paffett.

After the win by Glock, the BMW squads are pushing for the wins at Lausitz. Glock followed up third place in Saturday’s race at Hockenheim with a victory on Sunday, earning him 44 points and the top spot in the overall standings. Rookie Joel Eriksson from BMW Team RBM also put in a noteworthy performance at the opening DTM weekend, qualifying third fastest on Sunday, before finishing fourth in race two. Eriksson is sixth in the championship, making him the second-best BMW driver. His team-mate Bruno Spengler is also in the top-ten in eighth place.

Former champion Mike Rockenfeller was the highest placed Audi driver in the season opening race with a runner-up spot on Sunday. He reckons that the challenge is going to be more intense at round 2, where every point counts. He will be backed by an impressve roster consisting Loic Duva, Rene Rast, Jamie Green, Nico Muller and Robin Frijns.