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DTM: Wickens wins at Nürburgring

Author: David van den Boom (@David__VDB)
 

Robert Wickens won the DTM race at the Nürburgring ahead of Augusto Farfus and Christian Vietoris.

Farfus started from Pole ahead of Wittman. The race was started under rainy conditions, so the start wasn’t without collisions.

Rockenfeller spun at Turn 1, were in contrast Wickens had a great start comming from 10th to 3rd, but dropping back through the race to 5th.

Then he battled with Adrien Tambay for 5th and bumped the Audi driver from behind, so both were onto the grass.

Spengler got a penalty for this afterwards and was then only 14th.

After a terrible start championship leader Rockenfeller had a superb strategy which led him to the lead of the race, until he made his 2nd pitstop, he ended up being 4th.

Wickens overtoke Wittman, after he made a mistake and got 2nd. Wickens then handed the lead from Rockenfeller after he made his last pitstop and holded it till the end.

Scheider had very bad luck again, an ended up at the end of the field. Tomcyck finally got his first points of the season, finishing 5th.

Also Molina had a great race after starting on a great 4th position he ended up being 8th.

It was great race to watch, but i couldn’t get any footage of the race because it was raining pretty hard.

I’m quite delighted that i didn’t watch the live coverage on TV, because the ARD (the channel which is broadcasting the DTM) always switch to the World Championship in Athletics (what was also live) in the middle of the DTM coverage, what is quite awful.

Full results:

1 10 R. Wickens HWA-Mercedes 47 0
2 7 A. Farfus RBM-BMW 2.158 47 0
3 9 C. Vietoris HWA-Mercedes 9.749 7.591 47 0
4 19 M. Rockenfeller Phoenix-Audi 20.524 10.775 47 0
5 15 M. Tomczyk RMG-BMW 27.104 6.580 47 0
6 24 A. Tambay Abt-Audi-Sportsline 27.523 0.419 47 0
7 21 M. Wittmann MTEK-BMW 29.540 2.017 47 0
8 20 M. Molina Phoenix-Audi 33.037 3.497 47 0
9 12 J. Green Abt-Audi-Sportsline 39.972 6.935 47 0
10 18 P. Wehrlein Mücke-Mercedes 40.486 0.514 47 0
11 6 F. Albuquerque Rosberg-Audi 40.908 0.422 47 0
12 5 E. Mortara Rosberg-Audi 42.629 1.721 47 0
13 11 M. Ekström Abt-Audi-Sportsline 46.303 3.674 47 0
14 1 B. Spengler Schnitzer-BMW 51.991 5.688 47 0
15 2 D. Werner Schnitzer-BMW 57.649 5.658 47 0
16 16 A. Priaulx RMG-BMW 1:21.517 23.868 47 0
17 3 G. Paffett HWA-Mercedes 1 Runde 1 Runde 46 0
18 22 T. Glock MTEK-BMW 1 Runde 8.615 46 0
19 4 R. Merhi HWA-Mercedes 1 Runde 23.227 46 0
DNF 17 D. Juncadella Mücke-Mercedes 18 Runden 17 Runden 29 0
DNF 23 T. Scheider Abt-Audi-Sportsline 39 Runden 21 Runden 8 0
DNF 8 J. Hand RBM-BMW 47 Runden 8 Runden 0 0

Support series recap

So in contrast to the WEC at Spa, were we only had the Porsche GT3 Benelux Cup with only had 11 cars in the field, at the Nürburgring we had the FIA Formula 3 Europen Championship, Auto GP, porsche Carrera Cup and the VW Scirocco R Cup.

They all had good amount of cars in their fields, especially the Carrera Cup with 34 cars (!).

F3 wasn’t really that exciting, the drivers aren’t driving like in GP2, they are pretty calm and careful at overtaking, which actually didn’t take place. Marciello (Ferrari F1 junior driver) won all three races and it looks he’s going to win the championship with only 3 venues to go.

Auto GP had two good races (despite only 15 cars), with Race 1 won by former F1 driver Narain Karthikehyan.

Carrera Cup and Scirocco Cup had the best races, especially the Scirocco Cup, despite the big crash frm Tomas Schreier in Race 1, which was red flagged afterwards.

My footage of the races will come soon.

DTM Nürburgring 2013 Preview

Author: David van den Boom  (@David__VDB)
 

Note: I’m only writing a preview to this , because i’m going to the Nürburgring this weekend. Normally i won’t write a preview for the DTM races.

Yes i know, i have written an negative article about the DTM some weeks ago, but these are the reasons why still go to the DTM this weekend:

1st: I really like the Nürburgring itself, Nordschleife and GP circuit.

2nd: The DTM on track action is most of the time pretty good (despite DRS)

3rd: There many support series includiing the FIA F3 European Championship and Auto GP (yep there were Narain Kartikehyan is driving now) and they’re all pretty good to watch.

So now to the preview of the upcoming DTM race…

 

Audi: The Favourites

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It seems like Audi have the sorted the problems from last year out. It also looks like the change from A5 DTm from RS5 DTM this year, made a bigger impact to the perfomance of Audi as expected.

So now Pheonix driver Mike Rockenfeller (2010 24h of Le Mans overall winner) is leading the driver’s championship ahead of BMW driver Bruno Spengler.

The Nürburgring is his home race and he always showed great pace here, since his debut in the DTM back in 2007.

So he’s going to be the man to beat at this weekend, but watchout for Ekström.

After over 10 years in the series, Ekström proofed that he has still got what it takes to win a DTM race. I still think he’s the deserved winner of the Norisring race and also got 2nd at Moscow.

But these two are really the only ones from the 8 Audi driver’s who could win this race.

Scheider had incredible bad luck, Mortara and Green are having trouble this year.

Alberquerque and Molina don’t show any good pace, only Tambay is the driver who could get a podium but who knows?

 

Mercedes: Need to win again

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Eurospeedway at the Lausitz 2013- that was the last race were a Mercedes won a DTM race. Mercedes doesn’t lack pace, they’re head to head with Audi. The problems are the drivers.

I really thought that would be Paffet’s year, but you can’t win a championship when you do something silly like at the Norisring.

Paffet will be the favourite from Mercedes drivers. Vietoris is always a bit unobstructive, but clean and consistend, that why he’s 3rd in the drivers standings. But i don’t think he’s fast enough for a win.

Also Wickens has chances, but he needs to sort he’s Qualifying perfomance.

The other Mercedes drivers? Do they have a chance? Nope…

 

BMW: In Trouble

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Ok, Spengler won two races this year with the BMW M3 Coupe DTM. But the best driver in a team, doesn’t he wins every race for them, see Moscow, were he really had problems.

But Spengler won this race in 2006 and 2010, so he has good chances to win there.

Timo Glock looked on fire in first three races of the season, taking a 3rd place at Spielberg.

But now i’m thinking he’s going to have same season as Ralf Schumacher had in 2011.

Taking a podium spot, what got really hyped and then suddendly driving at the back of the field. The difference between Glock and Schumacher II is that Glock got his podium in his rookie season, were Schumacher II got his first podiums in his 4th season in the DTM.

Glock deserved a good F1 cockpit, but i really hope he does well in the rest of the DTM season.

And don’t forget Augusto Farfus, who won the season opener at the Hockenheimring, but can’t keep that speed on a consistent basis.

Wittman looks promising (2nd at Brands Hatch) and Werner and Hand have nothing to lose.

 

I will try to upload some footage from the weekend (DTM, F3 Europe, Auto GP, Porsche Carrera Cup and VW Scirocco R Cup) on Youtube next week or so.

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Full Results from Moscow race:

1 19 M. Rockenfeller Phoenix-Audi 1:14:38.512 74 2
2 11 M. Ekström Abt-Audi-Sportsline 1.303 1.303 74 2
3 7 A. Farfus RBM-BMW 11.393 10.090 74 2
4 24 A. Tambay Abt-Audi-Sportsline 12.275 0.882 74 2
5 3 G. Paffett HWA-Mercedes 17.495 5.220 74 2
6 12 J. Green Abt-Audi-Sportsline 18.704 1.209 74 2
7 8 J. Hand RBM-BMW 19.363 0.659 74 2
8 2 D. Werner Schnitzer-BMW 26.117 6.754 74 2
9 23 T. Scheider Abt-Audi-Sportsline 34.184 8.067 74 2
10 9 C. Vietoris HWA-Mercedes 41.331 7.147 74 2
11 18 P. Wehrlein Mücke-Mercedes 42.000 0.669 74 2
12 10 R. Wickens HWA-Mercedes 43.782 1.782 74 2
13 6 F. Albuquerque Rosberg-Audi 44.443 0.661 74 2
14 4 R. Merhi HWA-Mercedes 51.576 7.133 74 2
15 21 M. Wittmann MTEK-BMW 52.941 1.365 74 2
16 22 T. Glock MTEK-BMW 54.421 1.480 74 2
17 15 M. Tomczyk RMG-BMW 58.460 4.039 74 2
18 17 D. Juncadella Mücke-Mercedes 1 Runde 1 Runde 73 2
19 1 B. Spengler Schnitzer-BMW 1 Runde 2.496 73 2
20 16 A. Priaulx RMG-BMW 1 Runde 10.327 73 2
DNF 5 E. Mortara Rosberg-Audi 43 Runden 42 Runden 31 3
DNF 20 M. Molina Phoenix-Audi 69 Runden 26 Runden 5 2

 

DTM driver’s standings:

1. M. Rockenfeller 94 4 25 12 18 10 25
2. B. Spengler 67 10 18 25 6 8 0
3. G. Paffett 57 12 8 2 25 0 10
4. C. Vietoris 56 15 4 6 15 15 1
5. A. Farfus 48 25 0 8 0 0 15
6. R. Wickens 45 0 15 0 12 18 0
7. M. Ekström 38 0 6 10 4 0 18
8. M. Wittmann 33 2 12 18 0 1 0
9. D. Werner 26 18 0 4 0 0 4
10. J. Hand 26 6 10 0 0 4 6
11. D. Juncadella 20 0 0 0 8 12 0
12. J. Green 18 0 0 0 10 0 8
13. T. Glock 15 0 0 15 0 0 0
14. A. Tambay 12 0 0 0 0 0 12
15. T. Scheider 12 8 2 0 0 0 2
16. R. Merhi 8 1 0 0 1 6 0
17. E. Mortara 2 0 0 0 2 0 0
18. A. Priaulx 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
19. P. Wehrlein 2 0 1 1 0 0 0

 

 

 

 

 

Column: Why i’m starting to dislike the DTM

Author: David van den Boom, Twitter: (@David__VDB)
 

Now i have been following this series since the season finale of tthe 2007 season, were Ekström and Spengler were battling for the title.

That’s were i was starting to begin my interese for the DTM and watched the full 2008 season and i watched the other season afterwards.

So yeah you can call me a longtime DTM fan, who even visited the Nürburgring race there since 2010.

Don’t forget this is my opinion, i’m sure there are some people who disagree. Please share your opinion in the comment section.

So now i’m going to say what’s wrong with the DTM nowadays and why it’s going in the wrong diretcion.

1. Stupid rules/decisions

Some of the stewards nowadays for example in F1 or GP2 are really wrong with their penalty desicions.

But the DTM stewards are actually the best in making stupid and just wrong decisions. For example, Spengler this year at the Lausitzring, were he showed the middle finger to Ekström, after they had hard side by side contact racing at the last lap of the last corner.

So Spengler just expressed his anger to Ekström and Ekström was making fun of him afterwards in a interview.

But of course the DMSB (organisation of the DTM) overreacted and gave Spengler 10,000  euro fine for giving Ekström the middle finger.

20 years ago, even 10 years ago were the ”new” DTM started they wouldn’t do anything about it and say that’s OK.

And of course the ridiculous blue flag rules at the Norisring this year.

Rockenfeller and Paffet had newer, better tires than the others ahead of them, for some reason the ITR (Race Control) said that it would be ok if you give the others who are ahead of Rockenfeller and Paffet blue flags so Rockenfeller and Paffet don’t damage their new tires, and get held up.

They were all even on the same lap???

So of course you as a motorsport fan would think, why the f*** would do that???

Not even the race control from F1 would be pathetic enough to think about something like this.

And of course the thing with the water bottle and Ekström and i won’t say much about it, because that’s really over the top.

Ekström didnt gained an advantage, the team didn’t gained advantage. But they outcast the Parc Ferme rules and got DSQ’d.

And then saying afterwards that there’s no race winner and Wickens stays 2nd. You would just think like this….

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2. Why globalise it?

DTM- Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters/ German Touring Car Championship.

So you would think like the BTCC their racing only on circuits on their own country, namely Germany and everybody would be happy.

But no here comes the DMSB again and says that you should globalise the hell out of it.

Going to Moscow and then to Shanghai next year, doing the US-DTM in 2015.

Guys, guys why the hell are you doing that when it’s still called DTM???

If manufactures want to showcase their roadcars on race circuits on all over the world then you can go to the WTCC.

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I mean look at BMW in the DTM, do you really think BMW came back just because everybody wanted that and there were new rules coming in 2012?

No, because they hope that the DTM becomes a 2nd WTCC, just even more expensive and with less cars on the grid than the original WTCC.

So BMW is making pressure on the DMSB to compete in countries were nobody gives a s*** about the DTM anyway (China, Russia, USA etc).

And you know that the Super GT (much better) will have the same rules as the DTM in 2014.

So of course the DMSB is hoping that Nissan, Honda and Lexus (actually Toyota) will come with cars that can be raced in Europe.

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And guess what? Yep, of course all three manufactures didn’t give a f*** about the DTM,

Nissan will built the next generation GT-R, Lexus will bring the LFA and Honda will bring the next-gen NSX and you couldn’t race those cars against M3’s, RS5’s or C-Classes forget it.

I just don’t hope that the GT500 cars are going to have DRS and option tires and all this crap, because as you can see in the latest race of the Super GT 2013 season, they don’t need it at all!!!!

3. Trying to be the F1 of Touring Cars

So these are Touring cars, you wouldn’t expect much of aerodynamics and more looking like the roadcars as you can see in WTCC and

BTCC or V8 Supercars, those are real Touring cars and deserve that name.

But in the DTM… just look at the comparison between a road M3 E92 Coupe and a M3 Coupe DTM.

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And you call that a touring car?

I don’t think so, it looks more like a prototype.

Despite the looks of those DTM cars, all other parts have nothing to do with the roadcars what you don’t call a touring car.

And because of the aerodynamics of the cars, the DMSB was finding it a good idea to bring DRS and option tires to the DTM.

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So well the DRS doesn’t really bring anything despite Hockenheim and Spielberg, in all the other the races the DRS system didn’t showed any advantage for the driver  behind his opponnent.

Those cars are just to slow, so the DRS system can work how it should work, it works in F1, but not here.

And the option tires…… as I was never a fan from the Pirelli tires in F1 and how carefull the F1 drivers had to drive on them to keep them alive, my opinion on the option tires in the DTM is pretty much the same.

You don’t need this in a touring car series, oh wait, why am i even calling this a touring car series?

4. How the DTM should be

– merge together with the dying ADAC Procar and doing the same rules as the ones used in the WTCC

– make two sprint races on Sunday, not just one long race, like it’s now

– no DRS, no option tires, no pitstops

– racing only in Germany, we have enough tracks were the DTM doesn’t race

– how the calendar should be:

1. Hockenheimring

2. Euro Speedway

3. Norisring

4. Oschersleben

5. Sachsenring

6. Nürburgring

7. Berlin-Tempelhof  (same weekend with the Formula E)

8.  Sachsenring

9. Bilster Berg (when stands are build, so maybe 2015?)

10. Hockenheimring

– teams from WTCC/BTCC can also race in the DTM and the other way

But hey, it won’t happen anyway 😦

Official: DTM cooperating with the USCR in 2015

The DTM wants to be more global, not more a european series like it has been for years.

Ok, they raced twice in Shanghai, but this races weren’t really good and the chinese people as we know don’t give attention to motorsport.

So after the the cooperation with the Super-GT for 2014, the ITR and IMSA have decided today to do a cooperation for 2015-with the DTM and the new USCR. The “US-DTM” could be a support series for the USCR, so it will come on TV.

But there are two problems the ITR has to solve. The lack of cars and manufactures maybe?

That shouldn’t be a problem. They have Mercedes, Audi and BMW from the DTM and Lexus, Honda and Nissan from the Super GT.

Cadillac, Dodge-SRT and Lincoln (!) have also interest to involve in the series.

No exciting circuits? I think it will be incredible to see those cars at Sebring, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca or Road America.

But the problem is the DTM as a series.

If you ever watched a DTM race on TV, you may have noticed that the races are quite boring for Touring car races.

They give a penalty after the other, lack of overtaking (most of the time) and of course no last lap action.

I mean Americans want to see how drivers are fighting hard for positions at the last lap and then to see how they all crash at the last corner and you don’t know who is going to win.

That’s why Nascar  is so popular.

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The next big problem are the aerodynamics.

Maybe they are interesting for us europeans or asians, but americans don’t give a s**t.

That’s one of the reasons why F1 is not so popular over there and also one of  reasons why the LMP1 class didn’t survive for the USCR.

So the target for the ITR and the IMSA has to be, less aerodynamcis, so the drivers can make the difference of winning and losing- not the aeros.

I really hope the DTM cars will look like the cars from the Super GT.

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The Super GT has incredible racing in contrast to the DTM and the sounds of the engines are magnificent!!!

The Honda HSV 010 sounds like a F1 car, the cars look brilliant and this series is very popular in Asia.

So ITR take the GTA (The association of the Super GT) as a example and learn from them.

But the ITR is already going in F1 direction with the addition of the option tires and DRS system for 2013.

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These are Touring cars, they don’t need that to have great racing (again Super GT as example).

But when the DTM wants to be global, why didn’t they cooperate with the WTCC?

The WTCC will have new regulations anyway, so why didn’t they use it as a opportunity?

Maybe they don’t want to work with the FIA, i don’t know.

So lets wait and see how it will work out.

Timo Glock signs BMW DTM deal

Former Marussia F1 driver Timo Glock has agreed a three-year contract to race in Germany’s DTM touring car series with BMW. The official announcement is likely to be made on Friday (25/01/2013).

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Marussia a few days ago announced that it is replacing the 30-year-old with an as-yet undecided pay-driver, Glock headed to Valencia where he tested BMW’s M3 DTM car.

“The car is great,”he said. “I can finally go for wins.”

“The team already feels like family to me. I’m all fired up for the season.”

The 2013 DTM season begins at Hockenheim in early May.

Former HRT driver Narain Karthikeyan held talks with Marussia team last week, although he showed interest Indy series for 2013.

Kubica and Glock testing in the DTM

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Robert Kubica and Timo Glock (former F1 drivers) were testing in the DTM today at Valencia. Kubica was testing the Mercedes C-Class Coupe AMG and Glock was testing the BMW M3 Coupe. Both drivers were driving well in their cars. Kubica could actually drive for Mercedes, Glock has also other options.