Mercedes triple win at Norrisring, Maximilian Getz new DTM champion

After several incidents among competitors for the title, Maximilian Goetz also won the second DTM race at Norrisring, after his colleagues in the brand missed him in the first position, reports Serbiaring.

Liam Lawson qualified for the first starting position in his AF Corse “Ferrari”, ahead of his main competitor for the title, Kelvin van der Linde in ABT “Audi”. Lawson’s teammate and replacement for Alex Albon, Nick Cassidy, started from the third position, ahead of the five Mercedes drivers, Lucas Auer, Filip Ellis, Daniel Hunkadella, Arjun Maini and Maximilian Goetz, who also has a chance to win the title.

On the way to the first bend, Kelvin van der Linde, similar to yesterday’s race, tried to get inside, but with contact he pushed Lawson and Cassidy to the outside of the first bend, where in both “Ferraris” remained buried, and Lawson came out of it with a damaged suspension on the front left wheel. The New Zealander then visited the garage several times and returned to the track, but he drove very slowly. Kelvin van der Linde was penalized with five seconds for the incident. During the first lap, Esteban Mut knocked his “laborgini” into the wall on the way out of the fourth corner.

After all the contacts, Auer took the lead in the race in front of Ellis, while Kelvin van der Linde took the third place, in front of Goetz. The first of the leaders to change tires was Hunkadelja at the end of the ninth lap. Goetz next visited the pitlane at the end of the 17th lap and returned to the track in front of Kelvin van der Linde, who overtook him for the lap. Auer made the obligatory change of tires at the end of the 26th lap and returned to the track and further in front of Goetz.

Mercedes drove in the top five in the formation of Auer, Ellis, Goetz, Hunkadella, Maini, while Kelvin van der Linde, Cassidy and Sofia Flersch were the only ones who did not change their tires when the 44th lap started. Elisa and Hunkadelji were sentenced to five seconds for improperly performed standing. Kelvin van der Linde made his stop in the 51st lap, with a five-second penalty, and returned to the runway in front of Goetz. The South African runner fought on unheated tires in any way he could in order to stay ahead of his competitor for the title, and in overtaking the lagging Los Angeles, Kelvin van der Linde hit Goetz’s “Mercedes”.

On the way through the third corner in the 55th lap, the rear left tire of the ABT “Audi” was damaged, which knocked Kelvin van der Linde out of the competition to win the title. Kelvin van der Linde returned to the track in 17th place after visiting the pitlane, and at the end of the 56th lap, Nick Cassidy was the last to visit the garage to change tires and returned to the track in fifth place.

Ellis missed Geca on the track in lap 62, and Lukas Auer slowed down to the maximum to miss his colleague by brand. Goetz was in first place at the beginning of the 64th lap, but “Mercedes” soon approached Cassidy. The New Zealander tried to break through next to the pilot of the three-pointed star brand, but Ellis defended himself very aggressively, so much so that in contact Ellis plucked the front right end of the “Ferrari”, and as a result of the damage, Cassidy withdrew from the race in the last lap.

Goetz crossed the finish line first to win the first DTM title in the new GT era of the German premium series. Auer and Maximilian Buk took second and third place, ahead of Mike Rockenfeller, for whom this is the last DTM race for Audi. Hunkadelja was ranked fifth after extra time due to a penalty, ahead of Maini. Marko Whitman took seventh place for BMW, ahead of Vincent Abril behind the wheel of the “Mercedes AMG”, and Sofia Flersch scored two more DTM points, finishing in ninth place, ahead of Philip Ellis.

In the general classification after the last race of the DTM season 2021, Goetz has 230 points, ahead of Lawson who has 227 and Kelvin van der Linde who has 208. Marko Whitman is fourth with 171 points, ahead of Auer who collected 152 points.

Source: Serbiaring.com


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