The fourth round of the 2011 DTM championship season kicks off this weekend, with the series heading back Germany to the popular Lausitzring EuroSpeedway at Brandenburg.
As usual, Richard’s F1 will providing you with the latest results and analysis from what promises to be another closely-fought round in the championship. Let’s have a look at the form guide and make a few predictions for the weekend…
At 3.478km in length, the road course version of the famous tri-oval circuit will play host to a 52-lap race on Sunday afternoon. Visibility from the grandstands framing the speedway circuit give fans great visibility of the road course version of the track as well, and one would expect local and international fans to flock to the venue as usual.
Originally having a reputation as being quite a difficult circuit on which to overtake, passing opportunities have been on the improve since Turn 1 was re-profiled. However, the Turn 1 complex is quite tight and slow, and it’s commonplace for there to be an accident on the opening lap of the race as the cars funnel into the tight chicane. The back straight provides another passing opportunity into a tight left-hand hairpin.
Last year’s race was won by Bruno Spengler; the Canadian taking his first win of the 2010 championship season, with Paul di Resta finishing in second place, while Jamie Green made it an all-Mercedes podium.
The car maker will be hoping for something of a repeat of that result this year, with Audi having won the last two rounds of the season. Defending race-winner Spengler holds a slender three-point lead over Audi driver Martin Tomczyk, while third-placed Mike Rockenfeller is out of action after his monster shunt at the Le Mans 24 Hours race – he will be replaced by former DTM veteran Tom Kristensen.
We’ll of course bring you all of the action from Sunday’s 52-lap race, as well as qualifying and the latest news!