Debutant Liam Lawson won the first race of the season in the “new” DTM. The 19-year-old New Zealander, who is also registered in Formula 2 this year, secured a Ferrari victory at the start of the year in Monza, Italy. Monegasque Vincent Abril came second. The best German was his Mercedes colleague Maximilian Götz (Uffenheim) in third place.
The Swiss Nico Müller finished eighth in the Audi, making him the best-placed driver who competed in the DTM last year. Last season’s runner-up was followed by two-time champion Marco Wittmann (Fürth) in a BMW in ninth place. Defending champion Rene Rast (Minden) is concentrating on Formula E this year.
After Audi left the factory at the end of the past season, Series Director Gerhard Berger had to develop a new format. The GT3 vehicles now in use are much closer to the production vehicles than the spectacular prototypes of the past. Still, the DTM now has to assert itself among several GT3 racing series.
Flörsch in 16th place
The brand diversity in the DTM has increased due to the departure from the so-called Class One regulations. Mercedes, BMW, Audi, Ferrari and Lamborghini – all organized in private teams – competed in the Royal Park of Monza, and McLaren will also be involved in the season.
There are also two women in the field. Sophia Flörsch from Munich drove her Audi out of 17 vehicles to finish in 16th place. The British Esmee Hawkey in the Lamborghini was 15th. The second race of the weekend will take place on Sunday (1.30 pm / Sat.1).