Edoardo Mortara won the first round of the second race weekend of the 2018 DTM season this Saturday. This was Edoardo’s ninth victory in the DTM, his first at the Lausitzring and first in the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM. The Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team have now achieved 14 wins in all at this track, making it the most successful brand at the Lausitzring.
Five of the six Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers – Edoardo, Gary Paffett, Paul Di Resta, Pascal Wehrlein and Lucas Auer – have now won at least one race at the Lausitzring with three of them (Di Resta, Wehrlein, Auer) having taken their first ever wins in the DTM there.
Overall, five Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers achieved points-scoring finishes at the Lausitzring. Lucas Auer (SILBERPFEIL Energy Mercedes-AMG Motorsport) led the race for a long time after his pole position and finally finished fourth, narrowly missing the podium. Paul Di Resta (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) crossed the finish line behind him in sixth place.
Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) and Gary Paffett (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport PETRONAS) rounded off a strong team performance in eighth and ninth place respectively. Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-AMG Motorsport REMUS) finished the third race of the season in 14th place after 21 laps.
The race was stopped briefly and restarted behind the safety car just after the start when René Rast (Audi) had a bad smash. The drivers were then left with around 20 minutes racing time for a sprint to the finish. It was particularly important over the final laps to get the timing of the mandatory pit stop right and to properly manage tyres.
Edoardo Mortara: “This is a very special victory for me – my first with Mercedes. We’ve struggled a lot last year, but this season, things are going a lot better for me, and I’ve at last been able to secure this victory. It’s incredible. I am well satisfied and absolutely delighted. We had a great strategy today. The car was good and the pit stop was superb too. I’m really ecstatic after this victory. My start was not perfect and the first laps were a bit difficult, but after that, everything went really well.”
Lucas Auer : “That was a tough race with a lot of accidents. I hope that all the drivers involved are OK. I coped with everything until the final stage of the race. I was first after the start and the two restarts, and obviously that’s where I would have liked to stay. Ultimately, though, I finished fourth, and that was because the course of the race was affected by the late pit stops. It’s obviously deeply disappointing to drop back from P1 to P4. We now need to analyse how that happened. As a rule, you have to take every chance you get in the DTM. My pole position today was a miracle lap that can’t simply be repeated at the touch of a button. Tomorrow is a new day, but it’s going to be another tough one.”
Source: Mercedes-AMG Motorsport