Tim Heinemann starts DTM Trophy 2022 with a win

2022 DTM Trophy Lausitzring

Pole position, fastest lap and victory: Tim Heinemann impressively demonstrated his skills in the first race of the DTM Trophy 2022. The German, who this year raced for the Toyota Gazoo Racing Germany powered by Ring Racing team in the talent pool on the DTM platform, gave the opposition a chance in the season opening race at Lausitzring Turn 1 powered by Autohero.

Brazilian Audi driver Thiago Vivacqua (Heide-Motorsport), a newcomer to the professional DTM platform this year, finished in second place after 19 laps, 3.053 seconds behind. Vivacqua’s American fellow Audi driver J.P. Southern (T3 Motorsport) rounded out the podium after finishing third.

2022 DTM Trophy Lausitzring

Victory for Heinemann, the inaugural DTM Trophy champion in 2020, was only threatened once: At the start, Vivacqua pulled next to the red and white Toyota Supra and was even slightly up front in the demanding corner of Turn 1. Heinemann was on the better side line and eventually came out in front. The Toyota driver then built up a small lead of up to two seconds, which he defended in a commanding manner. Vivacqua temporarily set the fastest lap time, but Heinemann reacted immediately.

Southern secured an undisputed third place as spectacular battles raged for the next positions, with Aston Martin driver Nick Hancke (GER, Speed ​​​​Monkeys) ultimately taking the lead. He crowns his successful recovery drive that took him from 13th on the grid to fourth on the finish. Mercedes-AMG driver Rodrigo Dias Almeida (BWT Mücke Motorsport) from Mozambique took the checkered flag in fifth place.

2022 DTM Trophy Lausitzring

Loser in the hunting package was Porsche driver Ricky Capo (KÜS Team Bernhard). The Australian initially ran in fourth place, but dropped back to seventh after some intense battles. Before him, the best placed BMW driver, the German Theo Oeverhaus (Walkenhorst Motorsport), crossed the finish line. As a result, all six brands were represented in the field in the first seven positions, underscoring how exceptionally well the DTM Trophy is balanced with production-based GT sports cars.

Almeida’s French teammate Edouard Cauhaupé finished eighth ahead of Southern’s stablemate Matias Salonen from Finland. Spaniard Marc de Fulgencio (FK Performance Motorsport) scored the final championship point by finishing tenth with his BMW.

This year there will be another female racer on the starting grid in DTM Trophy: at the finish, German Audi driver Sophie Hofmann (Heide-Motorsport) was 39.568 seconds behind Heinemann, corresponding to 15th position.

The second race of the DTM Trophy 2022 at Lausitzring Turn 1 powered by Autohero will be held on Sunday afternoon and will start at 3.15pm CEST. The race can be followed live on the streaming platform ServusTV ON (servustv.com) and DTM Grid (grid.dtm.com) and on TV from 5 p.m. on ServusTV.

2022 DTM Trophy Lausitzring