The second round of the 2011 DTM championship season gets underway this weekend, with the series crossing the border into the Netherlands to compete at the historic Zandvoort circuit.
And of course Richard’s F1 will be providing you with the latest results and analysis from what will be an entertaining weekend at the beachside circuit – let’s have a look at the form guide and what to expect…
The opening round of the championship showed that the competition was as close as ever, with neither Mercedes-Benz nor Audi any particular superiority over the other at the quick Hockenheim circuit.
The run along the main straight into Turn 1 (Tarzan) is perhaps the best opportunity for overtaking, but drivers can still defend around the outside of the corner to keep their position. The rest of the circuit features of twists and turns as the circuit heads inland and then returns on a loop towards the main straight.
In all, a good lap at Zandvoort required plenty of finesse and the overall race will reward drivers who are patient and who can use their strategy to try and get some clear air to overtake their rivals.
Last year’s race here occurred as the sixth round of the championship season in August, and it was won by Gary Paffett – his second victory of the season – although he was helped by pole-sitter Timo Scheider fluffing his start as the lights turned to green. Scheider dropped to the midfield on the opening lap, but recovered steadily and took a hard-fought podium and the race’s fastest lap.
The round represents the home race for DTM rookie Renger van der Zande, and he will be hoping he can put on a good show in front of his home crowd. The rookie currently sits last in the championship standings after the Persson Mercedes driver was the sole retiree from the race at Hockenheim.
We’ll of course bring you all of the action from Sunday’s 42-lap race, as well as qualifying and the latest news!
[Images via DTM Media]
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