Second strike in a row for the ‘Pink Panthers’: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM driver Lucas Auer (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM BWT) kicked off the Lausitzring Motorsport Festival with his second win of the season. The Austrian started this season’s third race from pole position and with his third DTM victory repeated last year’s triumph at the Lausitzring when he took his maiden win in the DTM. After two wins and a fourth place in the first three races of 2017, Auer on 68 points now leads the drivers’ standings. Mercedes-AMG Motorsport also head the rankings in the manufacturers’ and team standings after the first three races of the season.
Robert Wickens (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) started the third race of the season alongside Auer on the front row of the grid. After losing second place during the initial phases of the race, he retook P2 after putting up a strong fight and making a fast pit stop. The Canadian hit back with a P2 finish at the Lausitzring following a tough weekend at the season-opener in Hockenheim.
Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM Mercedes me) placed sixth in his 150th DTM race to maintain second place in the drivers’ rankings. The British driver has contested three-quarters of all races in the ‘new DTM’ since the year 2000. Only nine drivers have ever completed more races than the 2005 champion in the history of the race series.
Edoardo Mortara (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM BWT) and Maro Engel (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM SILBERPFEIL Energy) placed seventh and ninth respectively. Five of the six Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers finished in the points. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM) had a contact with the BMW of Tom Blomqvist on Lap 16, for which he was given a stop/go penalty. He crossed the finish line in P16.
Qualifying: The first points of the weekend were again awarded in the first qualifying session at the Lausitzring. Two Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers, Lucas Auer and Robert Wickens, qualified on the front row. Auer got three points for his second pole of the season and Wickens two points for P2.
Lucas Auer: “That was a super race – absolutely amazing. Congratulations to the entire team and, of course, to Robert for coming second. I’m really pleased. Balance was terrific today, and our tyres were extremely consistent. My driving style and a brilliant car combined to give us victory today. My second stint was super. It’s always difficult to win, but I set the pace today. Still, you can never sit back and relax in the DTM because you always have to keep an eye on tyres and manage degradation. I share the team’s delight now at winning but must turn my focus back to tomorrow’s second race.”& amp; amp; lt; /p>
Robert Wickens: “P2 is fantastic, but it wasn’t an easy race. I lost second place on the grid right at the start when Martin overtook me using DRS. However, I was confident that I would be able to retake the position provided we didn’t pit on the same lap. I did it and then I went off in pursuit of Luggi, but he was too far away. I’ve always managed really well at the Lausitzring. Maybe bumpy tracks just suit me. I finished on the podium twice here last year and again today. It would be terrific to secure another podium tomorrow.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport