It was Müller all the way in the second DTM race of the 2022 season! Swiss Nico Müller took the eleventh race win of his DTM career in Portimão on Sunday. The 30-year-old finished ahead of Felipe Fraga with the Red Bull AF Corse Ferrari.
The Brazilian won the Autohero Fastest Lap Award thanks to his lap time of 1m 41.681s, scoring an extra championship point. Mirko Bortolotti again finished third with the GRT Lamborghini. In the general classification, the Italian leads with 35 points from Müller (28 points) and Lucas Auer (AUT/26 points).
Lucas Auer first DTM race winner of 2022 in Portimão.
Müller was already the fastest in qualifying in the morning and defended his lead at the start of the race against Bortolotti. The 2019 and 2020 runner-up was delighted with his first DTM race win since November 2020 at Hockenheim. “I’m just really happy, we’ve worked so hard for this. We know how tough this championship is this year, so that makes us even happier to get this win.”
In the second race in the Algarve, the top 29 drivers once again delivered motorsports entertainment at its best, including numerous overtaking manoeuvres. Among the participants in the race were Walkenhorst BMW driver Marco Wittmann (GER), who moved up from seventh to fourth place, and defending champion Maximilian Götz (GER), who started and finished tenth in the WINWARD Mercedes-AMG. fifth, followed by Kelvin van der Linde (RSA) with Team ABT Sportsline Audi. The best placed Porsche driver was Belgian Laurens Vanthoor for SSR Performance in seventh place. The previous day’s race winner was unlucky: Lucas Auer had to re-enter the pits just one lap after his mandatory pit stop and finished in 22nd place.
Rally icon Sébastien Loeb (FRA) finished in 18th place with the AlphaTauri AF Corse Ferrari. Three places ahead of him was David Schumacher (GER, WINWARD Mercedes-AMG), who led for a long time thanks to a long first stint and eventually made up nine places from 24th on the grid to 15th.
After finishing third twice, points leader Bortolotti drew a positive verdict from the opening weekend: “Yesterday felt like a defeat, but today feels a bit like victory. It was undoubtedly a hard-fought race. Now I’m really looking forward to the Lausitzring. The track has always been good for me in recent years, although the DTM version is even more challenging with Turn 1. The 2022 DTM season includes 16 races, the next two races will be held from May 20-22. Then the world class drivers in DTM will roar through the leaning corner of DEKRA Lausitzring Turn 1 powered by Autohero.
Result Portimao Race 2 (Sunday)