Nico Müller in the Audi won the second race of the DTM season on Sunday. The winner of the season opener was not lucky.
Audi driver Nico Müller won the second race of the DTM season. The two-time runner-up won at the end of the opening weekend in Portimao, Portugal, on Sunday ahead of Brazilian Felipe Fraga (Ferrari), who secured an extra point with the fastest race lap. Italian Mirko Bortolotti in the Lamborghini completed the podium in third place.
Auer’s plans thwarted by a failed pit stop
Austrian Lucas Auer (Mercedes), nephew of DTM boss Gerhard Berger, only finished a disappointing 22nd after his opening success on Saturday due to an unsuccessful pit stop. Defending champion Maximilian Götz (Uffenheim) fought his way to fifth place in the Mercedes. Former champion and DTM returnee Rene Rast (Minden), who had retired early on Saturday, was 12th in the Audi.
David Schumacher (Bergheim/Mercedes), son of ex-DTM driver Ralf Schumacher, briefly led the race ahead of record rally world champion and guest driver Sebastien Loeb. In the end, the 20-year-old finished in 15th place after finishing 20th on Saturday. Loeb represented New Zealander Nick Cassidy, who is competing in Formula E this weekend, in the Ferrari – the Frenchman finished 18th.
29 cars instead of 19
Compared to last year, the driver field has increased enormously. Instead of 19 cars, 29 from six brands (Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes, Porsche) are on the grid this year. For the racing series, this is the second season with GT3 cars. Series boss Berger calls the DTM the “most demanding GT3 championship in the world”.
A total of eight race weekends with 16 rounds are scheduled, the series finale will take place on 8/9 October at the Hockenheimring. The next event is scheduled for 21/22 May at the Lausitzring.