Spectacular motorsport is guaranteed: when the 29 world-class drivers roar with their race cars through the sloping first corner, reserved exclusively for DTM, it gets tight on the Lausitzring. Turn 1, with its light banking, is something special.
A challenge for everyone, a breathtaking highlight for the fans. Two, three or sometimes even four side by side, the race cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG, as well as Ferrari, Lamborghini and, for the first time, Porsche will take this magical first corner at about 250 km/h while the spectators have an excellent view of the action from the towering grandstand, 36 meters high.
The DTM drivers already made the first battle of the season at the opening round in Portimão. With the Austrian Lucas Auer in the WINWARD Mercedes-AMG and the Swiss Nico Müller in the Rosberg Audi R8, the start of the season immediately yielded two race winners with different brands. And what’s more, in Mirko Bortolotti, an Italian with a fascinating Italian sports car, a Lamborghini Huracán of the Grasser Racing Team, comes to Klettwitz in the lead after finishing second and third in the season opener. The high-profile factory driver leads with 35 points from Müller (28), Auer (26), Kelvin van der Linde (RSA, 20) with the ABT Sportsline Audi R8 and Felipe Fraga (BRA, 19) with the Red Bull Ferrari 488. 29 drivers from 15 countries – the DTM is more international than ever before – almost everyone is a candidate for race wins. The best conditions for an exciting sequel to Lausitzring Turn 1 powered by Autohero.
While defending champion Maximilian Götz (GER) with the WINWARD Mercedes-AMG, last year’s race winner at the Lausitzring, and two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann (GER) with the Walkenhorst BMW M4 already scored their first points, the total of three-time champion René Rast (GER, Team ABT Sportsline Audi R8), who has returned as a driver after a one-year absence, is still empty. New Zealander Nick Cassidy is also joining the action for the first time after letting nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb (FRA) race his AlphaTauri Ferrari 4889 in Portimão. After a win in the famous Bathurst 12 Hour, Luca Stolz (GER, HRT Mercedes-AMG) comes straight from Australia to the second DTM race weekend.
Lausitzring Turn 1 is home to two DTM teams. Peter Mücke, a motorsport institution in eastern Germany, runs a Mercedes-AMG with special Space Drive steering for Maximilian Buhk (GER) under the banner of Mercedes-AMG Team Mücke Motorsport. Meanwhile, Mücke Motorsport also participates in the DTM Trophy and DTM Classic. The second team with home advantage is T3 Motorsport from Dresden. With Nicki Thiim (DEN), two-time FIA endurance world champion, a race-winning driver is behind the wheel of the Lamborghini Huracán, while Briton Esmee Hawkey, the only female driver in the field, is in her second season. In addition, T3 team principal Jens Feucht drives two Audi R8s in the DTM Trophy.
Lausitzring Turn 1 powered by Autohero is the first of four race weekends of the 36th DTM season in Germany. The DTM organization ITR offers a range of fan attractions in Lausitz, both on and off the track. While DTM as the top category is entering its second round of the season, the talent pool DTM Trophy, the new DTM Classic Cup with fascinating cars from DTM days gone by and the entry-level BMW M2 Cup series will start their seasons in Lusatia with a double dose of racing action on Saturday and Sunday. Traditionally, the fan experience in Lausitz has included the pit walk, pit view box, show stage, events to participate in prize-winning opportunities and Red Bull’s spectacular Formula 1 two-seater.
Tickets are available from ten euros, children up to six years old are free, children up to 14 years old always pay ten euros. Tickets can be ordered via +49 1806 991166, tickets.dtm.com and for the first time also on eBay.de and at the ticket booths. Entry is free for citizens of Ukraine upon presentation of a passport. The two DTM races, which start on Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 PM CEST, will be broadcast live on ProSieben (broadcast starts at 1:00 PM CEST). In addition, the streaming platforms ran.de, ServusTV On (servustv.com) and DTM Grid (grid.dtm.com) show the Lausitzring action almost in full.