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Changed DTM pecking order: Norisring just a snapshot

Changed pecking order in the DTM?
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D he race on the Nuremberg street circuit eased the pain of the battered: Mercedes celebrated victories for the first time since September last year, and BMW, with Marco Wittmann at least the reigning championship team, was at least happy about the first podium of the season.

Norisring only partially informative

But a few bitter drops quickly mingled with the joy of what had been achieved. Everyone asked themselves: Was that the turning point? Has the balance of power really shifted in favor of BMW and Mercedes? 'We are relieved that the performance was here,' said Uli Fritz, DTM boss at Mercedes. 'But the track in Nuremberg is very special.'

At the Norisring, you can't really judge whether the tires are working as desired - and as promised by supplier Hankook. (See also the story: >>' Tire theater in the DTM ')

Robert Wickens, who repeated his success from the previous year with the victory on Sunday, Refrained from any howls of triumph: 'Sure, we were strong today, but we had a lot of problems at the start of the season,' said the Canadian, who lives in London. 'We have to stay on the carpet.'

Bruno Spengler, the third-placed BMW driver, also warned to be careful when interpreting the results from the Norisring: 'We still have a lot of work to do, and only in Zandvoort two weeks we'll see where BMW really stands. ' Jens Marquardt, the BMW sports director, added linguistic elegance: 'At the Norisring, qualities are required that are not so dominant on other tracks.'

Audi has no chance with handicap weight

The winners from Nuremberg are so cautious for two reasons: First, because the Norisring, with its many bumps and low grip level, is so very different from all the other circuits in the DTM calendar. Second, because, according to the DTM regulations, Audi had to load a lot of handicap weight (misleadingly called 'performance weight' in DTM parlance) into the RS5 due to the successes at the start of the season. The difference was up to 37 kilograms. 'According to our computer simulation, that means an increase in lap time of exactly 0.315 seconds,' calculated Audi DTM boss Dieter Gassbefore.

Adjusted for weight, the pecking order is probably still like this: Audi is actually still driving ahead. This may also explain why Mattias Ekström, fourth at the Sunday race, was in such a good mood: 'I drove one of the best races of my career today, without any mistakes,' reported the two-time DTM record winner.

Only in the final phase did Ekström have to bow to the persistently jostling Bruno Spengler in the BMW. Head of sport Gass said: 'Before the weekend, I didn't actually calculate that we could fight for a podium position here.'


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