The fifth round of the 2011 DTM championship season kicks off this weekend, with the series heading to the iconic Norisring circuit in the city of Nuremberg.
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…
|2011 DTM RACE OF NORISRING
|Date:||3 July 2011||Lap Length:||2.300km||No. Laps||82 laps / 188.600km|
|Lap Record:||0:48.446, Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) – 2008|
The DTM’s only street circuit on the 2011 calendar is held on the former Nazi party rally grounds in the city of Nuremberg, which was names the Norisring to avoid it being confused with the Nürburgring circuit.
Using everyday roads along its layout, the circuit has been used in various configurations since 1947. Today’s version sees drivers sprint off the line towards the tight Grundig Hairpin before another short burst leads them to the left-right Schöller-S and on to the circuit’s kinked back straight, where drivers struggle with a change in track surface (from tarmac to pavement). The final proper corner – the Dutzendteichkehre – is a tight left-hander that feeds back onto the main straight.
Despite it being a street circuit, the average lap speed – well over 100mph – is very quick. The lack of run-off makes it a challenge for the drivers, while spectators flock to the circuit in what has traditionally become one of the most popular events on the championship calendar.
Rewinding to 2010
In front of a massive crowd of over 130,000 spectators, Mercedes-Benz driver Jamie Green took a third successive victory at the Norisring. The Briton fended off Audi’s Mattias Ekström for lap after lap as the Swede tried every trick in the book to find a way past.
After securing his maiden DTM pole position, Ralf Schumacher was found to have jumped the start and was given a drive-through penalty in the early stages of the race. The former Grand Prix winner finished out of the points.
The Form Guide
It was Green’s hat-trick of Norisring triumphs that eventually convinced the Mercedes top brass to promote him into a newer 2009-spec C-Class chassis for the 2011 season, but the Briton hasn’t enjoyed the best start to his championship season so far – his best finish to-date has been a fourth at Zandvoort.
However, Audi is currently leading the championship race, and it looks as though the A4 chassis has adapted better to the new-for-2011 Hanook tyres being used this season.
Championship leads Martin Tomczyk is brimful of confidence after winning the last two races at Austria and Lausitz, and he’ll be keen to make it a hat-trick of wins here to maintain his narrow championship lead.
Make sure you stay tuned to the Richard’s F1 website this weekend for the latest news and results in this championship series!