The “young guns” have taken command of the DTM.
Marco Wittmann played his masterstroke at round eight at the Lausitzring on Sunday and is now the early DTM champion. Sixth place on the Lausitzring on Sunday allowed the BMW pilot to extend his points lead to 69, making it impossible to shunt him from the top of the table at the two final races of the season. The 24-year-old is the youngest title holder in the history of the most popular international touring car series. At the same time, Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) celebrated an unchallenged lights-to-flag victory in the Lausitz – the first in his DTM career. The 19 year old had already turned heads with his maiden pole position and he is now the youngest driver to win a DTM race. On a partly damp track, the wet tyre, the option and the baseline slick of the DTM’s exclusive partner Hankook were utilised and produced the usual strong level of grip and high stability under tough track conditions.
At round eight of the DTM on the Lausitzring, 22 of the 23-strong field took off into the race on wet tyres from premium manufacturer Hankook. Only Edoardo Mortara (Audi) put all his cards on the soft option tyre Ventus Race Plus which didn’t pay off on the initially very wet circuit. Pole-sitter Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) made a clean start, which he then defended commandingly to the flag once the track had dried and he switched to Hankook’s ultra-fast option tyres. Behind him his brand colleague Christian Vietoris scored second place and also moved up the points table to now rank second overall. The best Audi pilot was Timo Scheider in third.