Kelvin van der Linde won the Sunday race on the opening weekend of the “new” DTM. In Monza, the Audi driver relegated the Swiss Nico Müller (Audi) and the Austrian Lucas Auer (Mercedes).
After debutant Liam Lawson (New Zealand) won the first race of the season on Saturday and at the same time brought Ferrari a home game success, the South African’s hour now struck. Van der Linde takes first place in the overall standings. The next DTM stop is the Lausitzring in July (July 24th / 25th).
From a German point of view, Maximilian Götz (Mercedes) in third on Saturday and ex-champion Marco Wittmann (BMW) in fifth on Sunday set the highlights. Defending champion Rene Rast is driving in Formula E this year. Sophia Flörsch from Munich, as one of two women in the field of pilots, finished in 16th place in her Audi. The British Esmee Hawkey in the Lamborghini took 15th and 17th place.
Innovations bring more diversity.
After the factory exit of Audi at the end of the past season, there were significant changes in the DTM: The GT3 vehicles now used are much closer to the production vehicles than the spectacular prototypes of the past, but the DTM now has to compete among several GT3 Race series claim.
However, the brand diversity benefited from this; however, with Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Ferrari and Lamborghini – each organized in private teams – in Monza, and McLaren will also join in the course of the season.