Furious DTM finale at the Norisring

Furious DTM finale at the Norisring

07.10.2021: Heart-stopping finale at DTM Norisring powered by BWT: Duel between Lawson and van der Linde or a four-way battle with Götz and Wittmann after all? photo caption: Liam Lawson (NZL) in the Red Bull Ferrari with the greatest chances © DTM


Heart-stopping finale at DTM Norisring powered by BWT: Duel between Lawson and van der Linde or a four-way battle with Götz and Wittmann after all?






photo caption: Liam Lawson (NZL) in the Red Bull Ferrari with the greatest chances © DTM





•    Quartet with title chances: DTM finale at Nuremberg street circuit for the first time

•    Red Bull Junior Lawson could become youngest-ever DTM champion

•    Driver change: Nick Cassidy for the first time, replacing Alex Albon in AlphaTauri-Ferrari

•    Fan festival: open paddock, pit walk and a  lot of entertainment in the Fan Village

•    Tickets at tickets.dtm.com and from the DTM Ticket Hotline +49 1806 99 11 66

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





Days of thunder at DTM Norisring powered by BWT! For the first time, the street circuit in Nuremberg serves as the ultimate stage for the showdown in the traditional race series.


Liam Lawson, the only 19 years old New Zealander with the Red Bull Ferrari, or South African Kelvin van der Linde, by six years his senior, with the ABT Audi, that is the question. Who will win the hotly-contested DTM title, who will become the successor of three-time DTM champion René Rast?




Local hero Maximilian Götz (GER) with the HRT Mercedes-AMG is also still in contention and purely mathematically, Marco Wittmann with the Walkenhorst BMW also still has chances of winning the title that is quite highly acclaimed in international motorsport. Motorsport experts know that anything, really anything can happen at the only 2,300 metres long Norisring.



Exactly that is what makes this short, but challenging race track around the stone grandstand, steeped in history, so interesting for the fans as well. They are really close to the action and nowhere else are the race cars roaring past more frequently, almost twice as often as on usual tracks, with a total of 69 laps expected for each of the two DTM races. Norisring is also famous for its unique atmosphere at the Dutzendtzeich, for the access for the fans in the open paddock and the Fan Village with an activity programme and DJs.



Norisring – that is a long tradition in German motorsport in general as the inaugural race was already held at the Zeppelinwiese in 1947, and also in DTM. Since 1984, 46 DTM races were held there already, always in the middle of the summer. Following the cancellation last year, the Covid pandemic required a postponement of the event, originally scheduled in July, for this year and now, Norisring will get to see the heart-stopping finale of the 2021 DTM.



The weather forecast for the weekend is promising. It is the ultimate challenge for all drivers and teams and the ultimate action factor for the fans. After all, speeds of up to 260 km/h are reached at the non-permanent race track. The calculated lap time is just below 50 seconds (49.6s) and the race distance is estimated at 69 laps.



Especially the brakes are under an extreme load at Norisring when drivers are braking heavily from 260 to around 47 km/h for the Grundig hairpin, and that almost 70 times. On top of that, for 67 percent of the lap, the cars are under full load. A real test for man and machine.




Now, the finale is there, and the situation could hardly be any better. 206 to 192 is the points’ situation between Lawson and van der Linde. Lawson has scored three pole positions and three wins, van der Linde five pole positions and four wins. And Maximilian Götz at 180 points and Marco Wittmann at 165 points shouldn’t be ruled out either.


Nobody as previous experience with a GT race car at Norisring, that is the first challenge. For Lawson and his team, Norisring is totally uncharted territory while van der Linde can rely on the experience of 25 races and twelve podium results for the ABT team at Dutzendteich since 2000 and as already raced here himself in the Scirocco Cup. When he manages to maintain his points’ advantage, Liam Lawson would become the youngest-ever DTM champion at 19 years.



And for the Red Bull Junior, who is firmly focussed on Formula 1, in spite of all his praise for DTM, this title would come exactly at the right time. For the finale, the Kiwi is getting support from New Zealand, his home country, where the DTM finale is even broadcast live on TV.


Because Alex Albon has to fulfill his commitments as a Formula 1 replacement driver for Red Bull Racing during the Grand Prix in Turkey, New Zealander Nick Cassidy will be taking over the AlphaTauri Ferrari with starting number 23 for the first time.



And the 27-year-old already knows Norisring from his Formula 3 days in 2013 and 2016. Including Lucas di Grassi, the ex-Formula E champion in the fourth ABT Audi, the DTM field will include 20 GT race cars in the Franconian metropolis.



Days of thunder are imminent at Norisring, an extraordinary “Speedweekend”. Not only because of DTM, looking back upon a spectacular season, but also an action-packed motorsport programme with the junior race series DTM trophy with production-based GT sports cars, DTM Classic Touring car legends, BMW M2 Cup, P9 Challenge as well as demonstration drives of DTM Electric and BMW Legends.



DTM itself already has a world-class drivers’ field, but outside of DTM, it is a ‘who is who’ of racing as well at Norisring with drivers like Hans-Joachim Stuck, Klaus Ludwig, Christian Danner, Kurt Thiim and Klaus Niedzwiedz in DTM Classic as well as Johnny Cecotto, Leopold von Bayern and Norisring record winner Bruno Spengler.



Tickets are available until the event day, online from the DTM-Ticket-Shop (tickets.dtm.com) and from the DTM Ticket Hotline (+49 1806 99 11 66). On Saturday and Sunday, the DTM races (start at 1.30pm on both days) will be broadcast live on SAT.1 from 1pm and in over 60 countries.





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07.10.2021 / MaP

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