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Date 09/28/2014 Hits77,418

Category Motorsports

Marco Wittmann is the youngest champion, Pascal Wehrlein the youngest winner

The “young guns” have taken command of the DTM. Marco Wittmann played his masterstroke at round eight at the Lausitzring on Sunday and is now the early DTM champion. Sixth place on the Lausitzring on Sunday allowed the BMW pilot to extend his points lead to 69, making it impossible to shunt him from the top of the table at the two final races of the season. The 24-year-old is the youngest title holder in the history of the most popular international touring car series. At the same time, Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) celebrated an unchallenged lights-to-flag victory in the Lausitz – the first in his DTM career. The 19 year old had already turned heads with his maiden pole position and he is now the youngest driver to win a DTM race. On a partly damp track, the wet tyre, the option and the baseline slick of the DTM’s exclusive partner Hankook were utilised and produced the usual strong level of grip and high stability under tough track conditions.

Klettwitz/Germany, 14 September 2014 – At round eight of the DTM on the Lausitzring, 22 of the 23-strong field took off into the race on wet tyres from premium manufacturer Hankook. Only Edoardo Mortara (Audi) put all his cards on the soft option tyre Ventus Race Plus which didn’t pay off on the initially very wet circuit. Pole-sitter Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) made a clean start, which he then defended commandingly to the flag once the track had dried and he switched to Hankook’s ultra-fast option tyres. Behind him his brand colleague Christian Vietoris scored second place and also moved up the points table to now rank second overall. The best Audi pilot was Timo Scheider in third.

Front runner Marco Wittmann had taken off into the race from seventh and kept out of all tangles to drive a controlled race. At the start, his closest rival Mattias Ekström (Audi) immediately fell from second on the grid to sixth, with a trip into the gravel in lap two dashing his already minimal chances for the title. Since Ekström’s brand colleague and other title aspirant Edoardo Mortara was running further down the field, the first priority for Wittmann was to make it over the finish line safely in the difficult circumstances. Impressively cool and calm, this is exactly what the new DTM champion did – as the best BMW pilot on the Lausitzring in sixth.

Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) : “I had to manage both the option and the wet tyre perfectly because I pushed at the start to put some space between me and the rest of the field. And that worked well. At times I was more than one second faster than the competition. With the option rubber I then brought home a safe victory.”

Timo Scheider (Audi) : “I had a lot of fun today but we faced special conditions. We drove on a wet and drying track surface and the wet tyre held very well. When the track was more damp we switched to option tyres but we had to be careful not to overdo it early on otherwise we would have gone off. But it all worked out very well.”

Marco Wittmann (BMW) : “That was a great day. Under such difficult conditions it was hard not to make mistakes and to lose positions during fights. When I crossed the finish line and my parents hugged me that was pretty emotional. Hankook’s wet tyre provided plenty of grip on the drying track. After changing to the option tyre my pace was very good.”

The fastest pit stop was achieved by the Audi Sport Team Phoenix in 31.924 seconds. As their reward, the winning crew receives three crates of beer at the next race weekend in Zandvoort. Moreover, they are awarded 25 points for the overall rankings in the Best Pit Stop Award from Hankook. At the end of the season, the exclusive DTM tyre partner rewards the pit crew with the most points with a trophy and a lavish team barbecue.


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