Successful Sunday for birthday boy Lucas Auer at the Nürburgring. The Austrian came home in second place to finish on the podium in front of 72,500 spectators (over the weekend). Auer maintained his good form during qualifying in the Eifel and secured his fourth pole position in the DTM and his third at the Nürburgring to celebrate his 22nd birthday. He is the first driver since the introduction of the new racing format last season to achieve two best times in qualifying in a single race weekend.
Gary Paffett (EURONICS Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) also finished in the points in this 14th race of the DTM season. Paffett improved from eleventh on the grid to seventh position. Juncadella crossed the finish line in P9. Paffett improved from eleventh on the grid to seventh position despite a spin after a no-fault collision with Jamie Green (Audi). Juncadella crossed the finish line in P9.
Robert Wickens (SILBERPFEIL Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM), Christian Vietoris (BWT Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) and Felix Rosenqvist (FREE MEN’S WORLD Mercedes-AMG C6 3 DTM) booked places 14, 18 and 19 respectively. In the general standings, Robert Wickens on 120 points is in third position with four races left to be run this season. Maximilian Götz (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) crossed the finish line in P23. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) retired with a steering problem just after the start following a contact in the first turn.
The next race weekend: The penultimate race weekend of the 2016 DTM season will take place at the Hungaroring just outside Budapest from 23rd to 25th of September.
Lucas Auer: “Pole position again and second place in the race – a great way for me to celebrate my birthday. Early on, I had to defend hard against the BMW. I gave it everything I’d got and stayed ahead. After that, I even managed to pull out a small lead over Marco Wittmann, and I thought it would be enough. But then Edoardo Mortara came flying on fresh tyres. I had no chance against that. All the same, I’m happy with second place. It’s a great result for our team.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG DTM