DTM Lausitzring 2017: Auer and Green win

DTM Lausitzring 2017
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L ucas Auer continued at the Lausitzring where he had left off two weeks earlier at Hockenheim. The 22-year-old Austrian took pole on Saturday and he won the Saturday race seemingly effortlessly ahead of Robert Wickens. On Sunday, however, Auer was brought back down to earth.

In the qualification he did not manage a decent lap. And those who start in 15th place can be happy with the top-class DTM starting field if they can get a championship point in tenth place in the race. Championship leader Auer now has 69 points in his account after four of 18 races, one more than he collected over the entire season in 2016 when he finished twelfth.

Green trumps Wickens

Compared to the sometimes very turbulent performances at the start of the season in Hockenheim, it was rather tranquil in Lausitz. But DTM races on the gigantic 320 million mark facility in Brandenburg have rarely been nerve-racking thrillers since 2001. “The Lausitzring is just a technical track,” said Sunday winner Jamie Green.

But the Brit in particular provided a highlight when he took the lead from Robert Wickens, who had been in the lead for a long time, with the help of DRS. Anyone who immediately expected a counterattack from the Canadian was mistaken. Green steadfastly extended his lead. There were two main reasons for this. “Our Mercedes was 15 kilos heavier than the Audi because of the performance weights,” Fritz calculated. In addition, the Audi was much, much nicer to the Hankook standard tires than the Mercedes and especially the BMW. Green's brand companions Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller also supported this thesis.

Ekström's daring tactics

To avoid the hustle and bustle of traffic in midfield, these two came to the pits after the very first lap for the mandatory tire change. Then there were 150 kilometers on one set of tires - which may sound like a very tricky task. But the reality was different. Ekström, who started eighth, once again made a name for himself as a specialist in daring catch-ups. The Swede came second: “It wasn't difficult. I just drove as fast as I could. ”Wearing tires? Not an issue for Ekström: “I could certainly have done 20 more laps.” Almost every trace of the “drop” of the new Hankook tire generation, which was so dreaded before the season, was missing in Lausitz - at least with the Audi, and, with reservations, also with the Mercedes.

In the end, Ekström reached into the bag of tricks. In any case, this was suspected by the suspicious competition that it wasangry that he simply parked his RS 5 in the run-up round. The Swede wanted to have heard “strange noises”: “I parked the car because I didn't want to risk any major damage.” Mercedes man Fritz didn't find this funny: “Next time we'll all drive off with three liters less and stay right after the finish line. ”The DMSB let it go with a warning for Ekström.

Jens Marquardt had completely different worries: One day after his 50th birthday, he looked as if he had not been a year but five years older. The reason for the grief: podium places could only be seen with binoculars because the tires on the M4 deteriorate more than on the competition. “Qualification and races are two worlds for us,” summed up Marquardt. A fourth place for Maxime Martin was the BMW highlight on Saturday. On Sunday, with higher temperatures, it was only enough for 8th place. “As soon as we follow suit, we have problems,” groaned Marquardt. “But basically the speed is there with our car. We keep going. “

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