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|Date||14th - 16th June 2013|
|Official Name||DTM Lausitzring 2013|
|Location||EuroSpeedway, Klettwitz, Brandenburg|
|Lap length||3.48km (2.16mi)|
|Distance||52 laps (180.96km (112.44mi))|
|Team||HWA Team II|
|Gary Paffett||Mike Rockenfeller||Christian Vietoris|
|Winner Team||HWA Team I|
|Fastest Lap||1:18.268 on lap 7|
Red Bull Ring
Their hopes were granted, as Gary Paffett claimed victory after Christian Vietoris took pole position. Mike Rockenfeller denied Mercedes a clean sweep of the podium by taking second, ahead of Vietoris and Robert Wickens, while the best BMW was to be found in Bruno Spengler down in seventh.
The major news stories to emerge during the break between the Red Bull Ring and Lausitzring meetings was the charity work organised by the DTM in the wake of flooding in Eastern Germany. 100,000 was granted to three towns from the organisers of the Series and handed out by Timo Scheider, Timo Glock and Christian Vietoris in the town of Meissen.
Championship concerns, meanwhile, saw Bruno Spengler take over control of the title hunt in Austria after taking his first victory of the season. Mike Rockenfeller sat in second, now twelve points off of the Canadian, while Augusto Farfus remained in third a further eight points back. Marco Wittmann found himself in fourth in the early stages of his début season, ahead of the first Mercedes driver in Christian Vietoris.
The Brands' Championship was being dominated by BMW, who now sat over 100 points ahead of Audi in second. Likewise, it was BMW Team Schnitzer who forged ahead in the Teams' Championship, their tally almost twice that of the first non-BMW team in Phoenix Racing, back in fourth. HWA Team II sat a point off their Ingolstadt based rivals as the best of the Mercedes teams, with Team Rosberg and BMW Team RBM still yet to score.
Below is the entry list for the Lausitzring 2013:
A hot afternoon in East Germany saw temperatures almost hit 35°C on the track ahead of qualifying, the highest temperature seen so far. The now familiar qualifying format for 2013 was again to be used at the Lausitzring, with six cars being eliminated in the first three sessions. The final Pole Shootout was to involve the fastest four cars from Q3, with each driver having one shot at taking pole position for the race.
First man out in qualifying was Mike Rockenfeller, who went on to set the fastest time of the session, before immediately being toppled by Adrien Tambay. Rockenfeller briefly returned to the top only to see Roberto Merhi set the fastest time, before the Spaniard was beaten by Jamie Green. Robert Wickens was the next man to go fastest, before Gary Paffett broke the 1:18.000 barrier just after the halfway point in the session.
As ever, the final moments of Q1 saw a mad scramble to avoid elimination, with all six Mercedes drivers escaping, the first time the Stuttgart squad had managed to do so. That left Marco Wittmann, Joey Hand, Andy Priaulx and Martin Tomczyk to all fall for BMW, while Audi lost stalwarts Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider.
The shorter Q2 session saw Green head onto the circuit first, although it was Paffett who set the pace early on, until Wickens set the fastest time of the weekend so far. Paffett then smashed that time to go fastest, as Vietoris pushed himself up to third, while Wehrlein snuck into the top ten. Unfortunately for Wehrlein, he was displaced by Adrien Tambay a few moments later, meaning both he and Daniel Juncadella were out for Mercedes. Joining them were Dirk Werner and Timo Glock for BMW and two Audi drivers in Filipe Albuquerque and Miguel Molina.
Rockenfeller lit up his car as he left the pitlane to signal the start of Q3, although his first time was immediately beaten by Paffett. Wickens and Vietoris were quick to join him in the top four slots, with Tambay holding onto fourth for the majority of the season. But, as Paffett set another fastest lap of the weekend, Tambay slipped to seventh, displaced by Rockenfeller, Bruno Spengler and finally Green, who just beat Spengler's time by 0.010s to get into the Pole Shootout.
The Pole Shootout began with Green first out on circuit, but could only manage to get within a tenth of his previous time. Vietoris went next and beat Green's time, also setting his best lap of the entire qualifying session, before Wickens failed to beat either of the previous times. Paffett then made his way onto the circuit, but a small mistake on his final lap cost him two tenths, and meant that Vietoris had his maiden pole position, and the honour of being the first Mercedes driver to take pole in 2013.
|Lausitzring 2013 Qualifying Result|
|1||9||Christian Vietoris||HWA Team II||1:18.106||1:18.045||1:17.841||1:17.715||1|
|2||3||Gary Paffett||HWA Team I||1:17.920||1:17.618||1:17.463||1:17.940||2|
|3||12||Jamie Green||Abt Sportsline||1:18.341||1:18.131||1:17.957||1:18.028||3|
|4||10||Robert Wickens||HWA Team II||1:17.991||1:17.904||1:17.844||1:18.133||4|
|5||1||Bruno Spengler||BMW Team Schnitzer||1:17.901||1:18.052||1:17.967||5|
|6||19||Mike Rockenfeller||Phoenix Racing||1:18.001||1:17.914||1:18.134||6|
|7||24||Adrien Tambay||Team Abt||1:18.197||1:18.219||1:18.161||7|
|8||5||Edoardo Mortara||Team Rosberg||1:18.212||1:18.048||1:18.205||8|
|9||4||Roberto Merhi||HWA Team I||1:18.234||1:17.908||1:18.335||9|
|10*||7||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team RBM||1:18.199||1:17.950||1:18.383||15|
|11||18||Pascal Wehrlein||Mücke Motorsport||1:18.453||1:18.225||10|
|12||2||Dirk Werner||BMW Team Schnitzer||1:18.476||1:18.361||11|
|13||6||Filipe Albuquerque||Team Rosberg||1:18.357||1:18.421||12|
|14†||22||Timo Glock||BMW Team MTEK||1:18.509||1:18.485||17|
|15||17||Daniel Juncadella||Mücke Motorsport||1:18.353||1:18.502||13|
|16||20||Miguel Molina||Phoenix Racing||1:18.229||No Time||14|
|17||23||Timo Scheider||Team Abt||1:18.596||16|
|18||11||Mattias Ekström||Abt Sportsline||1:18.742||18|
|19‡||21||Marco Wittmann||BMW Team MTEK||1:18.777||19|
|20‡||8||Joey Hand||BMW Team RBM||1:18.909||20|
|21‡||16||Andy Priaulx||BMW Team RMG||1:19.065||21|
|22‡||15||Martin Tomczyk||BMW Team RMG||1:19.137||22|
- †Glock handed a three place grid penalty for obstructing Juncadella.
- ‡ Wittmann, Hand, Priaulx and Tomczyk were all handed ten place grid penalties for work carried out under parc fermé conditions.
Slightly cooler than Saturday, Sunday afternoon was also dry and warm, and with a maiden polesitter leading the field, many were expecting an exciting race. Mercedes had enjoyed their best qualifying session since the return of BMW in 2012, and now had their best shot at winning their first race in 2013.
A good start for Gary Paffett saw him slip by Christian Vietoris off the line, as Jamie Green fended off a challenge from Robert Wickens into turn one. There was drama in the mid-pack as Dirk Werner went for a spin, caused by a slight touch from Miguel Molina, although the German was not collected by anyone else. There were no further incidents during the opening lap, as Paffett established a small lead over Vietoris, with Wickens losing out to Bruno Spengler.
A stalemate emerged at the front of the field as Pascal Wehrlein forced his way into the top ten with a move on Filipe Albuquerque. Wehrlein now laid his sights on Edoardo Mortara as DRS became active on lap four, before Wickens, Mike Rockenfeller, Adrien Tambay, Mortara, Daniel Juncadella and Martin Tomczyk all made their first stops. Andy Priaulx, meanwhile, was judged to have jumped the start, meaning he was sent through the pits to serve a drive through as a second wave of cars entered the pits for their stops.
By lap eight two drivers had completed both of their mandatory stops, namely Mattias Ekström and Timo Scheider. Further down two team mates came together, as Priaulx tried to squeeze Tomczyk as the German tried to overtake the Brit, only to clatter into the side of his colleague and spin. The DMSB judged that no one as a fault, although the friendly fire between the BMWs was costing them valuable time.
Juncadella and Mortara were scrapping on the circuit, the Spaniard firing his car down the inside of the Italian into turn one, before running wide and allowing Mortara back past. As they battled the slow trickle of cars into the pits continued, while a scrap between Wickens and Rockenfeller emerged for fifth. Rocky made several attempts to pass the Canadian but found the orange and white Mercedes a stubborn opponent, before finally forcing his way past on lap 25. That prompted Wickens to stop for a second time, as Rockenfeller closed to the back of Paffett, fresh out of the pits.
Juncadella dispatched with Mortara off camera and now attacked Tambay for sixth, as Marco Wittmann stopped for the first time, meaning everyone had completed their first stops. Wehrlein and Werner, meanwhile, were scrapping over eighth place, with several attempts by the latter to get pst, finally succeeding on lap 34. Wehrlein's stop later that lap dropped him back behind Tambay, although the youngster required Roberto Merhi to force his way past the Frenchman before he could get by.
A lap later and Ekstrom came barging past Wehrlein for eleventh, opening the door for Tambay to get back past. The leaders, meanwhile, were making their final stops, although Rockenfeller tried to stay out a few laps later to try to get past Paffett, but to no avail. Ekstrom's late race charge, meanwhile, carried him into the top ten after he forced his way past Merhi, before being promoted to eighth after Werner's second stop. That meant, with five laps to go, all 22 drivers had completed their mandatory stops, leaving all remaining attention on the track.
The final laps saw Juncadella take Spengler for sixth while Ekstrom pounced on Mortara for eighth, as Rockenfeller fell away from Paffett. Paffett ultimately crossed the line over six and a half seconds ahead of Rockenfeller to win a race, the twentieth of his career and the first for Mercedes all season. Rockenfeller claimed second well ahead of Christian Vietoris, who had a last minute scrap with team mate Wickens for the final podium spot. Spengler claimed seventh for BMW to be their best finisher and the only one to score at all at the Lausitzring.
The second race final result is displayed below:
|Lausitzring 2013 Race Result|
|Pos.||No.||Nat.||Name||Team||Laps||Race Time||Fastest lap||Pts.|
|1||3||Gary Paffett||HWA Team I||52||1:09:58.562||1:18.646||25|
|2||19||Mike Rockenfeller||Phoenix Racing||52||+6.800s||1:18.268||18|
|3||9||Christian Vietoris||HWA Team II||52||+11.510s||1:18.864||15|
|4||10||Robert Wickens||HWA Team II||52||+12.790s||1:18.708||12|
|5||12||Jamie Green||Abt Sportsline||52||+14.138s||1:18.997||10|
|6||17||Daniel Juncadella||Mücke Motorsport||52||+19.462s||1:18.946||8|
|7||1||Bruno Spengler||BMW Team Schnitzer||52||+21.592s||1:19.014||6|
|8||11||Mattias Ekström||Abt Sportsline||52||+21.621s||1:19.127||4|
|9||5||Edoardo Mortara||Team Rosberg||52||+24.715s||1:19.162||2|
|10||4||Roberto Merhi||HWA Team I||52||+25.643s||1:18.738||1|
|11||24||Adrien Tambay||Team Abt||52||+27.968s||1:18.797|
|12||7||Augusto Farfus||BMW Team RBM||52||+34.178s||1:19.366|
|13||2||Dirk Werner||BMW Team Schnitzer||52||+38.000s||1:19.318|
|14||22||Timo Glock||BMW Team MTEK||52||+49.305s||1:19.878|
|15||8||Joey Hand||BMW Team RBM||52||+53.321s||1:19.226|
|16||20||Miguel Molina||Phoenix Racing||52||+58.882s||1:19.263|
|17||18||Pascal Wehrlein||Mücke Motorsport||52||+59.948s||1:18.905|
|18||6||Filipe Albuquerque||Team Rosberg||52||+1:03.083||1:19.013|
|19||15||Martin Tomczyk||BMW Team RMG||52||+1:03.107||1:18.752|
|20||23||Timo Scheider||Team Abt||52||+1:08.006||1:18.889|
|21||21||Marco Wittmann||BMW Team MTEK||51||+1 lap||1:19.055|
|22||16||Andy Priaulx||BMW Team RMG||51||+1 lap||1:19.946|
- Indicates a driver who started the race on soft or "option" Hankook tyres. Indicates a driver who started on hard or "prime" tyres.
- Maiden pole position for Christian Vietoris.
- 20th career win for Gary Paffett.
- First points for Daniel Juncadella.
Mike Rockenfeller returned to the top of the DTM Championship on the basis of previous results, being tied on points with Bruno Spengler. Gary Paffett leapt into third with Mercedes' first victory of the season, Christian Vietoris backing him up in fourth. Augusto Farfus dropped to fifth as a result, despite being competitive in every race, while Marco Wittmann remained in the top six in his first season.
BMW Team Schnitzer remained at the head of the Teams' Championship, although their lead was cut to fourteen points over HWA Team II. Phoenix Racing led Audi's challenge from third place, as both Mercedes and Audi made ground in the Brands' Championship. BMW retained a solid lead in the Championship, but Mercedes jumped into second and cut their advantage in half with Paffett's win, while Audi slipped to third.
Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.
Videos and Images:
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- ↑ 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 'MAIDEN DTM POLE POSITION FOR CHRISTIAN VIETORIS', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 15/06/2013), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/maiden-dtm-pole-position-christian-vietoris-2013-06-15.html, (Accessed 16/12/2015)
- ↑ 'TIMO GLOCK DROPPED THREE PLACES', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 15/06/2013), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/timo-glock-dropped-three-places-2013-06-15.html, (Accessed 16/12/2015)
- ↑ 'PENALTIES FOR BMW DRIVERS WITTMANN, HAND, PRIAULX AND TOMCZYK', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 16/06/2013), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/penalties-bmw-drivers-wittmann-hand-priaulx-and-tomczyk-2013-06-16.html, (Accessed 16/12/2015)
- ↑ 'TYRE CHOICE: THE DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 15/06/2013), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/tyre-choice-decisions-have-been-made-2013-06-15.html, (Accessed 16/12/2013)