DEKRA Lausitzring

Track: DEKRA Lausitzring
Location: Germany, Dresden
Track length: 3,478 km
Track profile:
  • 12 curves

  • In 2000, the facility was opened as a Grand Prix track, speedway, and test track.
  • Driving direction: counterclockwise
  • On a total area of around 550 hectares, there is a licensed racetrack, a high-speed oval, an off-road area, and many on-road modules for test or set-up runs.

Race Review
A challenging weekend for Manthey EMA in the DTM at the Lausitzring, although both drivers finished in the points on both Saturday and Sunday in high summer temperatures. After a difficult first race on Saturday, Thomas Preining (Austria) and Dennis Olsen (Norway) finished in the top five in Sunday's race. While Manthey EMA continues to lead the team standings, Preining drops back to second place in the drivers' championship after this weekend. Norwegian Olsen moves up to seventh overall.

As was the case at the Nürburgring, Manthey EMA went to the Lausitzring with the aim of defending their lead in the Team and Drivers' Championships. However, this intention has to be seen against the background of the challenging conditions at the Lausitzring: Overtaking is very difficult on the short track with many slow corners. Generally the 3.478-kilometre Lausitzring, with its slow corners and long straights, can be characterised as a medium-downforce circuit.

On Saturday morning, Manthey EMA's two Porsche 911 GT3 R cars took to the sprint circuit in Klettwitz for the first Qualifying. However, the cars were unable to match the pace of the front runners: With a lap time of 1:20.465 minutes, Thomas Preining placed the number 91 car in 16th overall, with teammate Olsen following two positions behind with 1:20.495 minutes. In the starting phase of the race, Preining came into contact with two other competitors, which led to a collision and was punished relatively severely with three penalty laps. The Austrian completed these in race laps five to seven and thus initially dropped to the back of the field. Dennis Olsen continuously made up places from the start in the ninth DTM race and finished the race in twelfth place after 44 laps. Despite his penalty, Thomas Preining also made it into the points in 15th place. The Manthey EMA crew also completed the fastest pitstop of the day.

The second race day started under better conditions for the team. Despite the interruption of qualifying on Sunday, Preining managed to secure fifth place on the grid with a lap time of 1:21.153 minutes. Dennis Olsen started the second round of the DTM at the Lausitzring in twelfth place with a time of 1:21.440 minutes. Within the first few minutes of the race, the Norwegian with car number 90 already made up five positions. After two cars in front of the Grello Porsches dropped out of the race and faultless pit stops of the Manthey EMA crew, Preining and Olsen took positions four and five. The two Porsche drivers held these positions until the end of the just over one-hour-long race, taking the chequered flag just seconds apart.

While Manthey EMA continues to lead the DTM team ranking (198 points), Preining drops to second place in the drivers' standings after this weekend, seven points behind the leader (131 points). Dennis Olsen improved by one place to seventh overall with 78 points.

The sixth round of the DTM will take place from 8th to 10th September 2023 at the Sachsenring.

DTM results:
Race 1:
Dennis Olsen | Position 12
Thomas Preining | Position 15
Race 2:
Thomas Preining | Position 04
Dennis Olsen | Position 05

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