Round 6 of the 2011 DTM championship season kicks off this weekend, with the series heading to the historic Nurburgring circuit to do battle.
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 NURBURGRING
|Date:||7 August 2011||Lap Length:||3.629km||No. Laps||49 laps / 177.821km|
|Lap Record:||1:24.372, Bruno Spengler (Mercedes-Benz) – 2010|
Nestled in the now-extinct volcanic region of the Eifel mountains, the Nürburgring is located between the small towns of Adenau and Nüburg.
More widely-known as the home of the ‘green hell’, the incredible Nürburgring Norschleife circuit, the modern-day autodrome has been in operation since the mid-1980s, playing host to several rounds of the Formula 1 World Championship.
The DTM uses just part of the Grand Prix circuit, with the cars bypassing the Valvoline, Ford, Dunlop and Shell Curves with a right-hand hairpin after the cars exit the fiddly Mercedes Arena complex that starts the lap.
The track presents two serious overtaking opportunities as a result – by dint of the Dunlop Hairpin not being used – with drivers able to attempt a pass at the handbrake-like Turn 1, or into the famous Veedol Chicane.
Rewinding to 2010
As is rather typical of the region, last year’s event presented a wet and foggy affair for the drivers during practice and qualifying, but Sunday’s race presented bright and sunny conditions for the drivers.
After an impressive qualifying performance on the Saturday, the Mercedes-Benz camp continued their run with a dominant 1-2-3 in the race, with Bruno Spengler taking his second win of the season to extend his lead in the championship race.
Audi’s leading contenders had a tougher time, with Timo Scheider’s fourth place being the best it could muster, while Mattias Ekström endured a tough day and finished seventh.
The Form Guide
The championship took something of a break from serious racing action since June’s rain-hit race at the Norisring, and it’s back into action once again before the traditional August summer break.
Between the race at the Norisring and this weekend’s round, the championship headed to Munich for a ‘Race of Champions’ style event that pitted the series’ two manufacturers against each other, while drivers also competed for the prize of being the fastest around the stadium’s makeshift circuit. The two-day event saw wins to Edoardo Mortara and Bruno Spengler.
Having won the last round at the Norisring, Spengler’s lead in the championship race sits at three points from Audi’s Martin Tomczyk, who will be hoping to continue his giant-killing run in the older-spec Audi A4.
The competition in this year’s championship is much closer between Mercedes and Audi as it has perhaps been in the past – the introduction of Hanook tyres is certainly a contributing factor – and we can once again expect another closely-fought stoush this weekend.
Make sure you stay tuned to the Richard’s F1 website this weekend for the latest news and results in this championship series!