DTM Norisring powered by BWT: advantage Liam Lawson – points’ leader posts fastest time on Friday

DTM Norisring powered by BWT: advantage Liam Lawson – points’ leader posts fastest time on Friday

08.10.2021: • 19-year-old with Red Bull Ferrari fastest from three Mercedes-AMG drivers • Challenger Kelvin van der Linde: fifth fastest and contract extension • On and off the race track: spectacular ac


•    19-year-old with Red Bull Ferrari fastest from three Mercedes-AMG drivers

•    Challenger Kelvin van der Linde: fifth fastest and contract extension

•    On and off the race track: spectacular action at DTM Norisring powered by BWT

•    DTM Trophy: points’ leader Ben Green fastest on practice day

•    DTM live on SAT.1 and in over 60 countries: race start on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30pm



The battle for the title is heating up: points’ leader Liam Lawson underlined his ambitions by posting the fastest time on the opening day of  DTM Norisring powered by BWT.


At the only 2.3 kilometres long street circuit in Nuremberg where he had never driven before, the 19-year-old New Zealander topped the timesheets with a time of 49.375 seconds in his Red Bull Ferrari. His main rival in the battle for the title, South African Kelvin van der Linde with the ABT Audi, ended up fifth on the practice day.



Both on Saturday and Sunday, one qualifying session and one race each (start at 1.30pm, live on SAT.1 from 1pm) have been scheduled. A maximum of 56 points is still up for grabs, Lawson and van der Linde are separated by 14 points. Maximilian Götz with the HRT Mercedes-AMG and Marco Wittmann with the Walkenhorst BMW also still have title chances.



Two free practice sessions had been scheduled for the start of the final DTM race weekend of the season. In first free practice, Maximilian Götz, topped the timesheets with 49.568 seconds with the HRT Mercedes-AMG, followed by his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Lucas Auer (Team WINWARD) and the two title candidates Kelvin van der Linde and Liam Lawson. In the second session, many drivers were able to improve their lap times, particularly Liam Lawson, who concluded the day as the fastest.
 


Three Mercedes drivers followed the New Zealander: Arjun Maini (Team GetSpeed), Maximilian Götz and Lucas Auer. Behind van der Linde in fifth, Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG, Team GruppeM), Philip Ellis (Mercedes-AMG, Team WINWARD), Nico Müller (Audi, Team Rosberg), Vincent Abril (Mercedes-AMG, Team HRT) and Mike Rockenfeller (Audi, Team ABT Sportsline) rounded out the top ten. Newcomer Nick Cassidy, who has taken over the AlphaTauri-Ferrari from Alex Albon (THA) for this weekend, ended up eleventh.

 

 

 

From the press conference: team principals more than happy with DTM development

 


For the final round of the season, not the drivers, but the principals of the best-placed teams of each brand were available to answer questions during the traditional press conference on Friday: Thomas Biermaier (ABT Sportsline, Audi), Jens Feucht (T3 Motorsport, Lamborghini), Ulrich Fritz (Team HRT, Mercedes-AMG), Niclas Königbauer (Walkenhorst Motosport, BMW) and Ron Reichert (Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse, Ferrari).


ABT team principal used the media presence to announce the contract extension with Kelvin van der Linde and the entry of at least two Audi R8 LMSs for the 2022 DTM. T3 Motorsport and Hubert Haupt’s team also confirmed their participation in next year’s DTM while AF Corse and Walkenhorst Motorsport left no doubt about their will to be present again. All five team principals showed themselves more than happy with the development of DTM.



“One year ago, nobody would have believed it possible that DTM would be staging such a strong season,” Thomas Biermaier said and added that the DTM platform together with DTM Trophy, DTM Classic, DTM Esports and the prospective DTM Electric has a great future.
 


Ron Reichert emphasised the status of DTM:
“Our team has already participated in so many championships, also in world championships, but such a level of coverage everywhere in the world absolutely is a new, great experience for us. In Italy, DTM is enjoying increasing popularity, too.”



 The exposure of DTM is also important for the young drivers in DTM Trophy, as Niclas Königbauer pointed out: “Where else is a 16-year-old as a race winner in DTM Trophy is so much in the limelight as on the DTM platform that is excellent for young drivers.”
 


Ulrich Fritz identified positive changes in the long-standing serie
s: “The 2021 DTM is different indeed, in a good way. A new philosophy is in place. Teams and the DTM organisation ITR are working together for a good show and can be really satisfied looking at what has been achieved this season.”



Jens Feucht added: “
DTM is the Formula 1 of touring cars and GT race cars. It is a wonderful series with very fair competition at the highest level.”



Ron Reichert, meanwhile, emphasised how intense the preparations for the 2022 DTM are ongoing already
: “It is impressive how closely the teams are working together with the ITR in various working groups. The first joint meeting for next season already took place in August.”
 



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