Prior to the round in Assen, the battle for the DTM title is getting tighter

Prior to the round in Assen, the battle for the DTM title is getting tighter

15.09.2021: - sextet dividing the points between them It's all about thousandths of a second: The title fight in the DTM is coming to a head © DTM • Lawson, Götz, Wittmann, Ellis and Albon hunting points’ leader Kelvin van der Linde


- sextet dividing the points between them



It's all about thousandths of a second: The title fight in the DTM is coming to a head © DTM





•    Lawson, Götz, Wittmann, Ellis and Albon hunting points’ leader Kelvin van der Linde

•    DTM racing in The Netherlands for the 21st consecutive year

•    Lamborghini works driver Mirko Bortolotti making his DTM début

•    Tickets at tickets.dtm.com and from the DTM Ticket Hotline +49 1806 991166

•    Live from Assen: in over 60 countries worldwide, SAT.1 in German-speaking region




The battle for the title in the 2021 DTM is getting more and more intense. This weekend (17-19 September), Assen in The Netherlands is the venue for the sixth season round of the international race series. After that, there is the big showdown with the double-header at Hockenheim (1-3 October) and Norisring (8-10 October), hosting the finale for the first time.


A sextet is dominating the battle for the precious DTM title. In Assen, it is still South African Kelvin van der Linde who continues to lead the drivers’ standings. However, things have become considerably closer, his margin in the hot battle for the title has been reduced significantly.


The TT-Circuit Assen with its fast and medium-speed corners is putting the 21 world-class drivers, including the two guest drivers Mirko Bortolotti with Lamborghini and ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien with McLaren to a high-class test.



In Assen, spectators are admitted again, too, both in the grandstands and in the paddock. Tickets can be ordered from the DTM Ticket Shop (tickets.dtm.com) and the DTM Ticket Hotline (+49 1806 99 11 66). The DTM races start on Saturday and Sunday at 1.30pm and are broadcast live on SAT.1 (from 1pm on both days) and in over 60 countries.



Kelvin van der Linde is coming to Assen with a total of 147 points he has collected with his Team ABT Sportsline Audi in the ten races held so far this season. With two victories and a total of 55 points at Red Bull Ring, Liam Lawson from the Red Bull AF Corse Ferrari team, only 19 years old, has come within just twelve points from van der Linde.


After the Nürburgring round, where the New Zealander didn’t score any points, his title hopes already seemed to have been blown. Only four points down on Lawson, the best-placed German is third in the standings: Maximilian Götz for Mercedes-AMG Team HRT.


Another ten points down, two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER) is fourth with the Walkenhorst BMW, followed by Swiss Philip Ellis (Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD, 99) and Thai Alex Albon (Ferrari, AlphaTauri AF Corse, 94).



At Red Bull Ring, this sextet more or less divided the points between them and scored 174 of the 188 possible points for the first six places in the two races at Styria. As a result, their gap to the following drivers increased.




Only two-time DTM champion Wittmann has scored points in all races so far



The statistics also prove how well balanced and strong the drivers’ field is: seven different drivers secured the ten pole positions, six different drivers won the ten races held so far this season and race cars from four different manufacturers crossed the finish line as the race winner.



All drivers already had the occasional non-score, with only one exception: Marco Wittmann. The singleton driver from the Walkenhorst Motorsport team from Melle near Osnabrück finished in the points in al the ten races so far, an impressive consistency. In the process, the best-placed driver from previous DTM years racked up one victory and a pair of pole positions.



A performance that even surprised Wittmann himself as it is the final season for the BMW M6, after all. Its successor, the BMW M4, had a respectable competition début at the legendary Nordschleife of the Nürburgring last weekend and is also expected in DTM next year.



The TT-Circuit – fastest corner and longest grandstand



The TT-Circuit in Assen, the Hockenheim Grand Prix track and the ultra-short Nuremberg street circuit: the DTM drivers have to adapt themselves for three very different race tracks in the final part of the season. Assen is particularly challenging the drivers with the long Ramshoek corner.


Apart from Turn 1 as a part of the tri-oval at DEKRA Lausitzring, Ramshoek is the fastest corner of the DTM season. Speeds of around 235 km/h are expected here, prior to the demanding change of direction for the subsequent chicane. And all that in front of the grandstand, the longest in Europe at 1.1 kilometre. Some DTM drivers have already raced in Assen, but for numerous competitors, Assen is uncharted territory.



Marco Wittmann is among those who knows the track where the first DTM race was held in 2019. The winner of the inaugural race: Marco Wittmann.



Already for the third time this year, ex-Formula 1 driver Christian Klien is joining the DTM field with the JP Motorsport McLaren. During his most recent outing at Nürburgring, the Austrian’s performance clearly showed an upward trend. Lamborghini, meanwhile, is dispatching its works driver Mirko Bortolotti to Assen. The Italian is reinforcing the T3 Motorsport team and is to get a first impression of DTM. As a result, DTM is racing in The Netherlands with a field of 21 GT race cars.




Seven race series: DTM sparks fireworks of racing action



Fans can look forward to a veritable firework of racing action in Assen. A total of seven race series is providing plenty of spectacle.



Next to DTM as the top event, DTM Trophhy with production-based GT sports cars, DTM Classic Touring car Legends with DTM cars particularly from the 1990s and the BMW M2 Cup are present, joined by Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, Mazda MX-5 Cup and Supercar Challenge. This means three days of pure motorsport action with DTM as the highlight.





Aline Proll- photos DTM

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