“Kiwi” Lawson with best chances of DTM title on Sunday at Norisring

“Kiwi” Lawson with best chances of DTM title on Sunday at Norisring

09.10.2021: Götz makes title battle even more thrilling with Norisring victory The duel: Liam Lawson with Red Bull Ferrari and Kelvin van der Linde with ABT Audi © DTM • DTM Norisring powered by BWT at the boiling point on Sunday

Götz makes title battle even more thrilling with Norisring victory

 

The duel: Liam Lawson with Red Bull Ferrari and Kelvin van der Linde with ABT Audi © DTM




•    DTM Norisring powered by BWT at the boiling point on Sunday

•    Mercedes-AMG driver Götz wins from Indian Maini, Lawson and van der Linde

•    Two-time DTM champion Wittmann drops out of title battle in home round

•    Ferrari-Team AF Corse secures early teams’ title

•    The decision: Sunday, start at 1:30pm, from 1pm live on SAT.1




DTM will be reaching its boiling point on Sunday. Liam Lawson, Kelvin van der Linde and Maximilian Götz will be deciding the battle for the coveted title between them in the final race of the season in DTM Norisring powered by BWT.



Maximilian Götz from Uffenheim in Germany was victorious in the race on Saturday and made the three-way battle for the title even more exciting with his second win of the season. Liam Lawson brought his Red Bull Ferrari home in third place behind the surprisingly strong Indian driver Arjun Maini with the GetSpeed Mercedes. Kelvin van der Linde crossed the finish line in fourth place with the ABT Audi.



As a result, 19-year-old New Zealander Liam Lawson is in a good position to become the youngest-ever DTM champion on Sunday. With 224 points, the “Kiwi” from the Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse team has the best chances to decide the battle for the 2021 DTM drivers’ title in his favour.


The smart New Zealander now ranks 18 points ahead of van der Linde as his main rival and 19 of Götz. On Sunday, there is still a maximum of 28 points at stake, three for pole position and 25 for the final race win of the season. Two-time DTM champion, meanwhile, has dropped out of contention for the title, and that at his home track.




With the Walkenhorst BMW, he finished twelfth, not scoring any points. The ultimate finale on Sunday will be decisive. The race starts at 1.30pm and will be broadcast live on SAT.1 from 1pm and in over 60 countries worldwide. DTM is also shown live in New Zealand, the home country of title favourite Lawson.



“Winning here is a dream. This certainly is my most important win, just great,” a buoyant Maximilian Götz said after the finish. “I was even crying on the cool-down lap. In qualifying, I didn’t quite get it right, we were a little bit late going out. But as ever so often, it has shown that everything is possible at Norisring. The battle for the title isn’t over yet.”



Overwhelming was the joy for second-placed Arjun Maini, who has countless fans in his home country in particular. “In the past weekends, our speed has become better and better and here at Norisring, this has been converted into a tangible result. In this race, the pit stop was a decisive factor,” the GetSpeed Mercedes driver said.



“I am incredibly happy with this success. I got some damage on the right front suspension in the turmoil after the start. I already thought that my race was over. Being on the podium now is unbelievable.”



Points’ leader Liam Lawson also had a terrifying moment. “In the turmoil after the start, I was right in the middle of the action. Initially, I feared that I had a puncture, but thankfully, I hadn’t. I was a bit surprised when the Audi suddenly came up,” the New Zealander reported.




“Then there ws some slight contact with Philip Ellis, but I couldn’t just disappear in the air. I was surprised that he spun as the contact was really slight. My team told me lap after lap to keep calm and not to take any risks. Nice that the teams’ title has already been decided. That is a great reward for my crew. For Sunday, I am still cool. I think that I will be able to sleep. Let’s see how things play out on Sunday.”



With his third pole position, Lawson got himself into the best possible situation for the 15th race of the season. Thus, the stage was set for a tough battle between Lawson and Kelvin van der Linde, as the South African secured himself second place on the grid, also on the front row. However, the first corner again lived up to its reputation. Before Lawson was able to turn into the hairpin, van der Linde shot past on the inside, apparently having missed his braking point.


Then, Lawson was collected by Maini. Philip Ellis found the best way out of the turmoil and took the lead from Lawson and the latter’s compatriot Nick Cassidy, who is racing the AlphaTauri Ferrari instead of Alex Albon (THA) this weekend. Behind them, Götz was already biding his chance, making up one place after another and eventually taking the lead.



Throughout the distance, Götz was on course for victory in a commanding way, even though other drivers were temporarily in the lead due to the mandatory pit stops. One of them, leading for a long time, was Cassidy, who staged a thrilling duel with van der Linde over many laps.



With third place for Lawson and fifth place for Cassidy, the Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse team secured an early title win in the DTM teams’ classification. Previously, Mercedes-AMG had already sealed the manufacturers’ title. Liam Lawson was crowned as the junior title winner with two race weekends remaining.



The Norisring race having been cancelled due to Covid during the summer, the traditional race at the Nuremberg street circuit already showed on Saturday why this event is labelled as the highlight of the season, this year in October and probably more than ever.



The numerous spectators got their money’s worth with an entertaining DTM race and a packed programme all day long. And on Sunday, DTM and Norisring will be reaching their boiling point, because for the first time in DTM’s long history, the battle for the title will be decided at the track at the Dutzendteich.





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