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Red Bull Ring
Track: Red Bull Ring Location: Austria, Spielberg (Styria) Track length: 4,318 km Track profile:
Embedded in a beautiful natural landscape, this circuit is especially special because of its slope. The maximum uphill gradient is 12%, the maximum downhill gradient is 9.3%. Three long straights with hard braking points guarantee action and overtaking maneuvers, while the fluid middle section demands precision.
Among other things, the track in Styria is known for hosting the Austrian Grand Prix of Formula 1. In April 2023, the Red Bull Ring already hosted the DTM test and media days.
The construction of the 92-meter long and 20-meter wide building required 900 tons of steel.
1.6 tons. This is the weight with which the Formula 1 cars are pressed onto the road thanks to their rear wings. The result: shorter braking distances and higher cornering speeds.
6 G. This is the insane weight force with which F1 drivers are pressed into their seats in the corners - almost twice as much as is applied to an astronaut during the launch of a space shuttle
Race Review Manthey EMA once again took the lead in the team and driver standings after the DTM races at the Red Bull Ring. With a sixth place on Saturday and a third-place finish on the following Sunday, Thomas Preining (Austria) regained the lead in the driver championship at his home circuit. Dennis Olsen (Norway) scored important points with tenth and fifth place in the two races and is currently eighth in the overall standings.
The Red Bull Ring is a short circuit characterised by a combination of long straights and fast corners. The difference between the slow corners three and four with hard braking zones, while all other corners are rather fast, make a good compromise between downforce and drag important. In addition, the 4.318-kilometre Alpine circuit is particularly demanding for the cars' brakes. These factors influenced the preparations and expectations of the Manthey EMA Team for the DTM race weekend at the Red Bull Ring. Thus, top-five results or even podium finishes for the 'Grello' Porsches were again among the team's goals. This was also aimed at reducing the gap to the first-placed in the team and driver standings.
The first qualifying session at the circuit in Styria started on a wet track for the DTM contenders. After having initially switched from rain tyres to slicks, Olsen and Preining re-entered the pits to change tyres again as the track did not dry out as expected. This decision paid off: Austrian Thomas Preining put the starting number 91 in fourth place on the grid with a time of 1:36.954 minutes, whilst Dennis Olsen followed closely behind his teammate in fifth with 1:36.978 minutes. With light rain setting in during the starting grid, tyre strategy also proved to be crucial in the race at the Red Bull Ring. Both drivers lost positions before their mandatory pit stops and switched from rain tyres to slicks just before the end of the 20-minute pit window. Preining in particular benefited from the successful pit stops of both cars, moving back up to fourth place. In the final phase of the race, however, he had to give back positions after two overtaking manoeuvres. As he lost two positions in the initial exchange of places, the Austrian finished the race in sixth place. Olsen took the chequered flag for Saturday's race in tenth place, scoring important championship points for Manthey EMA yet again. After 13 of 16 rounds, the team has retaken the lead of the DTM team standings.
The second day of racing at Spielberg began with qualifying in cold but dry track conditions. Thomas Preining again started the race in fourth place with a lap time of 1:27.882 minutes, Dennis Olsen followed six places behind in tenth place with a 1:27.989-minute lap. Preining and Olsen worked their way up to third and seventh place in the opening laps of the race. Due to the onset of drizzle, the race was declared a rain race shortly before the opening of the pit stop window, but both 'Grello' Porsches remained on slicks after their visit to the pits. A good pit stop strategy and execution by the Manthey EMA crew allowed Austrian Preining to hold on to third place, while his teammate Olsen made up two places. The drivers took the chequered flag in Spielberg in third and fifth place after 41 laps. In addition to the home podium, Thomas Preining also regained the lead of the driver championship.
After the weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Manthey EMA is back at the top of the team and driver standings. The team heads into the season finale at Hockenheim with a 27-point lead (283 points), while Thomas Preining has made up ten points (190 points) on runner-up Mirko Bortolotti. Dennis Olsen is eighth in the drivers' standings with 104 points.
The eighth and final round of the DTM 2023 will be held at Hockenheim from 20 to 22 October.
DTM results: Race 1: Thomas Preining | Position 06 Dennis Olsen | Position 10 Race 2: Thomas Preining | Position 03 Dennis Olsen | Position 05
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