DTM - Lausitzring preview
Second round of the DTM season will be held this weekend at EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Four weeks after first round at Hockenheim, the teams and the drivers are ready to go into new battle for points.
Race at the circuit located some 120 kilometres south of Berlin is moved back to the beginning of the season after it was held in the latter part of the season last two years. Free practice session will be more important in the terms of setup as the qualifying time is reduced from this year. Also, Lausitzring is very fast but pretty demanding track so the drivers, as well as the teams, must be very well prepared.
After two opening races, Edoardo Mortara heads the overall standings even he didn’t won at Hockenheim. Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline’s driver is followed by his teammate Mattias Ekstrom, while on the third sit another Audi driver, Jamie Green, of Audi Sport Team Rosberg.
As it was expected, Ingolstadt based manufacturer fulfilled expectations at the start of the season and again should be considered as favorite. Except mentioned three drivers, Mike Rockenfeller and Timo Scheider undoubtely will be in charge for the places at podium.
“For the first time in my career, I am at the very top, that does make me feel proud and I hope ths fairytale will continue after this one,” said Mortara who had a difficult weekend at Lausitzring last year as he finished 16th.
Pascal Wehrlein was Mercedes’ best performer at Hockenheim and he believes that his team could achieve more this time. This is supported with a fact he won the race last year at Lausitz becoming youngest ever DTM race winner. Another one to watch in Mercedes should be Paul Di Resta. He is also confident of Mercedes comeback.
“I think we are in good shape and that we are capable of podium finishes at the Lausitzring, maybe even race wins. I also think that BMW will be stronger than they were at Hockenheim,“ told Di Resta.
BMW will have to play catch up as they lie third in the Manufacturers’ standings with Martin Tomczyk as a best placed driver on eighth position. Bavarians had a difficult time at Hockenheim and it will be interesting if they managed to find solutions how to improve their performances.
“The Lausitzring is a track that we know well in principle. And we know that we can be fast there. But the challenge will be unlocking this potential when it matters. Our competition is strong. But we have also shown in the past that we can do well at the Lausitzring,” said Tomczyk.