DTM at Hockenheim: Kelvin van der Linde is in a good mood, doesn’t give in and posts the fastest lap time

DTM at Hockenheim: Kelvin van der Linde is in a good mood, doesn’t give in and posts the fastest lap time

01.10.2021: DTM HOCKENHEIM Hockenheimring, Germany Friday, October 1st 2021 The favourites´quartet of the 2021 DTM: Maximilian Götz, Marco Wittmann, Liam Lawson, Kelvin van der Linde (l-r) © DTM • South African with ABT Audi fastest of the day, Lawso


DTM HOCKENHEIM
Hockenheimring, Germany
Friday, October 1st 2021



The favourites´quartet of the 2021 DTM: Maximilian Götz, Marco Wittmann, Liam Lawson, Kelvin van der Linde (l-r) © DTM



•    South African with ABT Audi fastest of the day, Lawson and Wittmann way behind

•    Top four from the drivers’ standings in the press conference

•    DTM live on SAT.1 and in over 60 countries: race start on Saturday and Sunday at 1.30pm




In the four-way DTM title battle, the heat is on! ABT Audi driver Kelvin van der Linde, who lost his lead in the drivers’ standings last time out at Assen, keeps the pressure on.


In Friday practice of the penultimate race weekend at Hockenheim, the South Africaner topped the time sheets in a commanding way with a time of 1m 37.841s.



While Maximilian Götz (GER) with the HRT Mercedes was another driver from the front-running quartet in the drivers’ standings ended up in third place, the other two title candidates, Liam Lawson (NZL) with the Red Bull Ferrari from the AF Corse team and Marco Wittmann (GER) with the Walkenhorst BMW found themselves at the other end of the timing sheets, Lawson in 18th place and Wittmann even 21st and therefore last.


Tickets for the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg are still available for both race days from the DTM Ticket Shop (tickets.dtm.com) and the DTM Ticket Hotline (+49 1806 99 11 66). The races and the event programme promise excitement, action and good spirits.




Both DTM races on Saturday and Sunday (start at 1.30pm on both days) are broadcast live on SAT.1 from 1pm and in over 60 countries.



First free practice of DTM at the Hockenheimring around lunch time on Friday ended with a 1-2 for Mercedes. Indian Arjun Maini (Team GetSpeed) was fastest with his time of 1m 38.356s from his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Vincent Abril (MON, Team HRT).



Next up were Nico Müller (SUI) with the Rosberg Audi, Assen race winner Lucas Auer (AUT) with the WINWARD Mercdes as well as the two ABT Audi drivers Mike Rockenfeller (GER) and guest starter Lucas di Grassi (BRA).

 

In second free practice in the afternoon, Kelvin van der Linde posted the fastest time of the day in 1m 37.841s, over half a second faster than the three Mercedes drivers Daniel Juncadella (ESP, Team GruppeM), Götz and Abril.



“Being there up front again is absolutely mega,” a delighted Kelvin van der Linde said. “Saturday and Sunday is when it matters, but today’s practice already is a good basis.”


Behind the fastest driver of the day, three Mercedes-AMG drivers followed with Götz, Maini and Abril, then Rocenfeller and Müller with Audi, Ellis and Auer with Mercedes and DTM newcomer Lucas di Grassi with the ABT Audi, rounding out the top ten.


The eleventh-fastest time for Hubert Haupt (GER) with the HRT Mercedes in his second guest participation was also respectable.




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01.10.2021 / MaP

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