BMW lives up to its role as favorite, Audi surprises

(Motorsport-Total.com) – The DTM training session begins at the Lausitzring in wet temperatures of just under 30 degrees – and BMW lives up to its favorite role: Walkenhorst driver Marco Wittmann secured the final stage of the second training session in 1.: 32.035 Best time of day ahead of his Schubert brand colleague Sheldon van der Linde (+0.035) (click here for the result of the second training session).

Marco Wittmann shows what the BMW M4 GT3 can do: Best time on Friday

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However, the South African rolled out in his M4 GT3 18 minutes before the end of training, caused a red flag and had to be towed away. The cause of the problem is still unknown. This time, the best non-BMW was a Porsche, despite the track’s high-speed characteristics with the knocked turn 1.

After the markedly changed Balance of Performance (BoP), SSR driver Dennis Olsen took third place, 0.037 seconds behind, followed by two Mercedes-AMGs, GruppeM drivers Maro Engel (+0.072) and Mikael Grenier (+0.189) GT3.

Allegedly worse off Audi fastest in turn 1

But Audi also proved strong in the race despite Nico Müller’s concerns, although Abt driver Kelvin van der Linde, as the best driver with the R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, did not finish ninth in the afternoon. Because the Rosberg-Audi driver Müller, who completed a long race in the second training session, had taken the lead in the morning with a best time of 1: 32.249 (result of the first training session).

His best time in the overall standings was 0.179 seconds behind sixth place, which meant Rosberg was again faster than Abt. Which is also encouraging for the Ingolstadt company: In turn 1, where the short Audi is actually aerodynamically inferior to the BMW, Audi pilots the best speed values.

Kelvin van der Linde drove 239.9 km / h in the second practice, while Arjun Maini was 0.6 km / h slower in the Mercedes-AMG GT3. And also the third fastest driver was an Audi driver with Attempto rookie Marius Zug. It reached 239.1 km / h. This suggests that the Evo package, which should also make the R8 LMS more stable on the road, works well.

Incidentally, none of the pilots managed to get through the slightly tilted curve without a fast lobe, which puts a lot of strain on the right front tire, especially at such high temperatures.

The theoretically best time of day goes clearly to the Audi driver Müller

The times in the first sector, which only consists of start-goals straight, turn 1 and back straight, should also give Audi hope: Sheldon van der Linde set the expected BMW record of 19,306 in the first practice, Nico Müller but was only 0.029 seconds slower in the Audi – and thus the second fastest driver ever.

Nico Mueller

Nico Müller’s Audi and also SSR Porsche drove well in Friday’s training zoom

Additionally, if you set the best sector times of the day up, Müller ran the best lap ever at 1: 31.735. Sheldon van der Linde, who loses time in the twisted second sector with the long BMW, comes in second place with a theoretical best time of 1: 32.130.

How seriously should you take the times of the day? It’s still a bit unclear, because the simulations from AVL Racetech result in a theoretically best qualifying time of 1: 31.3. Last year, Winward Mercedes driver Philip Ellis drove 1: 30,292 on his Sunday pole – albeit with a faster balance in the performance appraisal.

Rosberg faster than Abt again?

The fact that Müller is doing so well will also please the Rosberg team: last year they experienced a disastrous weekend at the Lausitzring and saw no land at all against the Abt team. At least in free practice, Müller had once again taken over against the best Abt driver, van der Linde.

But he sees it calmly: “We have not tested here before, while many teams have been here before. Unfortunately that is the disadvantage we have. But we got it incorporated well today, we found a lot. Overnight will we are now looking at a few more things and then we will hopefully do well in qualifying. “

The Ferrari squad AF Corse and the Lamborghini teams Grasser and T3 Motorsport were very unobtrusive last Friday: Nick Cassidy, who took over the car from his replacement Sebastien Loeb, was the best Ferrari driver, 0.520 seconds behind Wittmann’s best time on day 16. .

Esmee Hawkey, Thiim and Zug cause incidents

DTM leader Mirko Bortolotti, as the best Lamborghini driver, was only number 22 with 0.992 seconds, considering the best times of the day. The Vienna-based Italian, who also tested with the Grasser team at the Lausitzring last week, was the last driver to drive within a second of the fastest time, showing the enormous power density.

Nicki Thiim

Nicki Thimim’s T3 Lamborghini was also stranded in the first training session zoom

There were a few incidents, especially in the first training session: Eight minutes before the end, T3 Lamborghini driver Esmee Hawkey stopped – presumably after a spin – at the entrance to the pit and had a hard time getting his car back in the right direction.

“I do not know how to turn gears,” she complained over the pit radio before returning to the pit as instructed by her racing engineer. Shortly before the checkered flag, her teammate Nicki Thiim and Attempto-Audi driver Zug were hit, and their cars also came to a standstill at the same time. The first qualifier at the Lausitzring starts on Saturday morning at 10:05 (click here for TV and stream times).

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