Conditions at the DTM finale at Hockenheimring we’re hardly the most representative of early October in the region. Previous visits to the season ending event tended to be on the dryer side in recent years, flicking between late Autumn wind and warmth to early Winter grey and cool. For the regulars, the wet weather was … Continue reading “Waiting for the Rain Dance”
Rene Rast made the most of his fast Audi RS5 and the mild conditions at Hockenheim to take his 17th DTM race win. BMW’s Marco took 2nd place in his M4, while Mike Rockenfeller continued his strong second half of the season to secure the final podium spot for Audi. From pole position, Rast built … Continue reading “DTM: Rast wins first Class One ‘joint race’”
Rene Rast reclaimed the DTM crown in stellar fashion at the Nürburgring this weekend, as rivals Nico Müller and Marco Wittmann stumbled.
BMW racer Marco Wittmann closed in on DTM championship leader Rene Rast today, following victory at the opening Brands Hatch race of the weekend. The double champion only just edged Rast over the line, taking the win by a mere 0.3s from his Audi rival. Nico Müller – currently 2nd in points – ended the … Continue reading “DTM: Wittmann takes Brands race one victory”
Pietro Fittipaldi will not be taking part in today’s opening DTM race at Brands Hatch, following the Brazilian racer’s big crash during qualifying this morning. According to WRT Audi’s Sporting Director and Team Manager Thierry Tassin, the team ran out of time to repair Fittipaldi’s car – a task made all the more impossible when … Continue reading “DTM: Fittipaldi out of Brands Hatch Race 1”
Marco Wittmann made the best of damp, but drying conditions at Brands Hatch this morning to claim his fourth DTM pole position of 2019. The twice-champion jumped to the top of the standings late in a disrupted session, heading Audi’s Rene Rast and Loïc Duval. Before drying out, Jake Dennis led the standings for a … Continue reading DTM: Wittmann takes Brands Saturday pole”
In this episode of Motorsport Diaries, I look at DTM's 2nd race at Assen and a first win in two years for Mike Rockenfeller ahead of wonderful race through the field by Marco Wittmann, and some odd tyre strategies.
Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller claimed his first DTM victory in two years at Assen today, heading Marco Wittmann (BMW) and Nico Müller (Audi) to the flag. Championship leader Rene Rast led for much of the race but dropped down the order following a second stop for tyres mid-race.
In this episode of Motorsport Diaries, I look at DTM's first race at Assen and a great battle between Marco Wittmann, Nico Müller and Rene Rast. Also, I look at the penultimate round of the W Series, with its finale coming at Brands Hatch next month.
BMW’s Marco Wittmann claimed the first DTM win at a sodden Assen track this afternoon, with the double champion edging Audi’s charging Nico Müller to the flag. Rene Rast took the final podium place in his Audi RS 5, having run in 2nd place for much of the race.
The TT Circuit Assen is a new one for me. Known primarily as a motorcycle track, one is met by a large sign on the way to the paddock declaring Assen to the be Cathedral of Speed. It is a warranted designation. On a motorbike at full pelt, I can imagine that this is might be something of a daunting venue, but for DTM and its catalogue of high downforce, high speed – in comparison to Moto GP – tanks, the circuit is somewhat less daunting, but still challenging.
Philipp Eng heads an all-BMW front row for today’s second DTM race at Hockenheim, ahead of Marco Wittmann and Audi’s Robin Frijns. On a dry, sunny – but cold day, the team RMR driver headed yesterday’s race winner Wittmann with a late run that capitalised on improving track conditions, to earn pole by four tenths. … Continue reading “DTM: Eng takes pole for Hockenheim Race 2″
Marci Wittmann claimed the first pole position of DTM’s new Class One era this morning at a wet and windy Hockenheimring. The double champion spent much of the twenty-minute session at or near the top of the standings in his BMW M4, threatened only by the Audi of Mike Rockenfeller in his RS5. R-Motorsport made … Continue reading “DTM: Wittmann takes first pole of DTM’s Class One era”
DTM and Super GT series’ promoters – Internationalen Tourenwagen Rennen (ITR) and GTA Co – have finally confirmed a date to hold a joint end-of-season race. Following the conclusion of their respective 2019 campaigns, DTM’s three manufacturers will convene at Fuji Speedway in Japan over the November 23rd-24th weekend to compete against Super GT’s GT500 … Continue reading “DTM and Super GT joint race confirmed”
Rene Rast remarkable end-of-season run continued at the Hockenheimring today when he took his sixth consecutive victory, but it was not enough to wrestle the title from Gary Paffett. BMW’s Marco Wittmann came home 2nd, with Paffett securing 3rd to ensure all three marques appeared on the podium – an ideal result for Mercedes, who … Continue reading “DTM: Rast takes record sixth straight win, but Paffett claims title”
Mercedes racer Dani Juncadella took his maiden DTM win at Brands Hatch this afternoon, but had to come from behind to do it. Augusto Farfus secured his first podium of the season, ahead of Lucas Auer (Mercedes). From pole, the Spaniard Juncadella initially lost the lead to teammate Auer and Audi man Rene Rast, dropping … Continue reading “Juncadella takes first DTM win at Brands Hatch”
Dani Juncadella secured his 2nd DTM pole position of the 2018 season with a stellar late effort to dislodge Lucas Auer to ensure an all-Mercedes front row at Brands Hatch. Reigning champion Rene Rast took 3rd on the grid in his Audi R5 DTM, while Philip Eng placed his BMW 4th bringing all three manufacturers … Continue reading “DTM: Juncadella secures Brands Race 1 Pole”
From some absurd Friday showers, the night has folded into a warm, beautiful sunny morning. The damp streaks, marked so starkly with dark patches – obvious offline – was soon to be swept and scrubbed dry by fierce German technology.
Eduardo Mortara claimed his 2nd win of the DTM season at Norisring on Saturday. Gary Paffett came home next to make it a Mercedes 1-2, while Marco Wittmann took the final podium spot in his BMW M4.
-- For no reason, this little story about Nico Rosberg popped into my head today, so I thought it would be nice to share it with you. -- Over the weekend of the 2015 DTM season finale at Hockenheim, then Mercedes racer (and future world champion) Nico Rosberg was brought in to take part in … Continue reading “A short story about Nico Rosberg”