After what seems a lifetime the DTM was finally back this weekend, with new rules, drivers and the traditional two race per weekend format the wait seems certainly worth it.
Rounds one & two as ever take place at the Hockenheimring with the addition of the Audi TT cup added as a support race.
The new race format is set as follows, qualifying on the Saturday morning for race one a 40 minute race that drivers don’t need to pit. (Saturday afternoon) and Sunday morning qualifying for race two (Sunday afternoon) an hour long race with a mandatory pit stop.
Saturday morning saw the first qualifying of the 2015 season with Audi’s Jamie Green taking the pole position (1:33:044) followed by Mercedes’s Young ace Pascal Wehrlein (1:33:160). Former champion Marco Wittman struggled in his BMW M4 with a poor 14th position (1:33:591). Below is the top ten.
Saturday afternoon saw the first race of the weekend. Jamie green launched his Hoffman Audi from the line into the first corner pulling out a 1 second lead in an instant. Trouble for Timo Scheider at the first corner, saw him rubbing with others forcing him wife into the artificial turf on the edge of the track causing the car to bounce, bringing him in to retire at the end of the lap on his 150th DTM race.
Paul Di Resta found a way past Wehrlein to take 2nd position. Shortly after Daniel Juncadela had an off at the Sachs Kurve, bringing out the safety car thus letting the trailing cars catch up to Green.
No worries for the Leicester man who again pulled an emphatic lead after the safety car pulled in. Adrian Tambay and champion Wittman were in the wars, Tambay was forced into the gravel trap at turn 6 losing 7 places in all.
Heading up to the hairpin BMW’s Martyn Tomczyk locked his front right wheel causing him to collide into the back of Mercedes’s Gary Paffet and rookie Lucas Auer getting tangled up in the collision, this caused all three cars to retire. Cue safety car number two.
Again the safety car came out with Green bunching up the pack. Safety car in, green pulls away again and at the hairpin Wehrlein slips up the inside of Di Resta who had reported trouble of brake balance problems.
Green maintained the lead and went on to win the race with theer exes duo of Wehrlein and Di Resta taking the other two podium steps.
Below the top ten finishers.