DTM test: Gotz tops day 1
Maximilian Götz secured the fastest time of 1m43.840s in the first of three DTM test days at the Lausitzring. The Haupt Racing Team racing driver led a quartet of Mercedes-AMG GT3, ahead of Daniel Juncadella (Gruppe M), Philip Ellis (Winward), Lucas Auer (Winward) and Arjun Maini (GetSpeed).
In the morning Ellis had posted the fastest time, but the lap times from the first two hours weren’t really meaningful as rain set in pretty quickly already. Eventually in the afternoon the DTM drivers were able to rack up their laps largely in the dry.
“We have done our homework. After the rain in the morning, we concentrated on a base line set-up in the dry during the afternoon and then did a qualifying run with fresh tyres at the end that put us in P1”, said Götz, who drove a full DTM season in 2016. With a total of 94 laps completed on Tuesday, 49 in the morning and 45 in the afternoon, Götz was also the busiest driver on the first of the three test days.
With Alexander Albon and Nick Cassidy in sixth and seventh place, two of the three Red Bull drivers from the AF Corse Ferrari team also ended up in the top ten. Next up was South African Kelvin van der Linde with the Audi R8 LMS of theMercedes-AMG GT3 of Gary Paffett. The fastest BMW driver was two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann, who finished in 11th place in Walkenhorst Motorsport car.
Next to set-up work for qualifying and tests with rain tyres in the morning, the teams also completed extensive long runs as part of their various test programmes. With the first of three test days at Lausitzring, the decisive phase in preparation for the season opener (18-20 June at Monza) got underway.
For the drivers and teams of the junior race series DTM Trophy, there were also two test sessions of two hours each on Tuesday. With a time of 1m53.837s Philipp Stahlschmidt was the fastest driver with his Hofor Racing by Bonk Motorsport BMW M4 GT. His teammate Michael Schrey had topped the time sheets in the morning and ended up second with this time in the day’s combined classification, followed by Moritz Löhner. The 22-year-old from Bamberg won the title in last year’s DTM Esports series and as a reward, he was allowed to get real-world race experience for the first time with the Mercedes-AMG GT run by the CV Performance Group team. In the process, he did more than well.
DTM Official Test Day 1
Lausitzring, 4 May 2021
1. Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Team HRT) 1:43.840
2. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Team GruppeM Racing) 1:44.160
3. Philip Ellis (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Team Winward) 1:44.179
4. Luca Auer (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Team Winward) 1:44.323
5. Arjun Maini (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Team GetSpeed) 1:44.408
6. Alex Albon (Ferrari 488 GT3 / AlphaTauri AF Corse) 1:44.446
7. Nick Cassidy (Ferrari 488 GT3 / AlphaTauri AF Corse) 1:44.523
8. Kelvin van der Linde (Audi R8 LMS GT3 / Team ABT Sportsline) 1:44.696
9. Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Team Mücke Motorsport) 1:44.971
10. Nico Müller (Audi R8 LMS GT3 / Team Rosberg) 1:44.984
11. Marco Wittmann (BMW M6 GT3 / Walkenhorst Motorsport) 1:45.116
12. Vincent Abril (Mercedes-AMG GT3 / Team HRT) 1:45.202
13. Sophia Flörsch (Audi R8 LMS GT3 / Team ABT) 1:45.847
14. Mike Rockenfeller (Audi R8 LMS GT3 / Team ABT Sportsline) 1:46.319
15. Timo Glock (BMW M6 GT3 / Rowe Racing) 1:46.346
16. Dev Gore (Audi R8 LMS GT3 / Team Rosberg) 1:47.399