Nürburgring sprint circuit (shorter version of the GP circuit)
The race at the Nürburgring is the "home Grand Prix" for Manthey; the company has its headquarters in Meuspath, in the immediate vicinity of the legendary race track.
Originally 4,542 kilometers long, the course was extended to 5,148 kilometers after reconstruction and can be divided into sprint and Müllenbachschleife.
With seasonal highlights such as the Oldtimer Grand Prix, DTM and Truck Grand Prix, the Grand Prix circuit becomes the home of top-class motorsport events every year. In 2020, after seven years in Formula 1, the premier class of motorsport returned to the ring – as the Grand Prix of the Eifel.
Race Review Manthey EMA continues to extend its lead in the DTM team and driver standings at the Nürburgring. With third place in Saturday's race and fifth on the following day, Thomas Preining (Austria) defended his lead in the drivers' standings at halftime of the 2023 DTM season. Dennis Olsen (Norway), who was only able to score points in the first race on the Eifel circuit due to a collision in Sunday's race, is currently in eighth place overall.
For their home round of the DTM at the Nürburgring, Manthey EMA had set themselves the goal of defending and, if possible, extending their lead in the drivers' and teams' standings, as well as finishing on the podium at their home track. These expectations were influenced by several experiences. At 3.269 kilometres, the Nürburgring's sprint track is relatively short, but offers the drivers plenty of overtaking opportunities. Combined with the Eifel's notoriously changeable weather, the DTM at the circuit promised exciting races and surprises for all participants and teams.
These expectations were already proven on the first day of the weekend. Saturday’s qualifying session on the 3.269-kilometre sprint track in the Eifel started in dry conditions for the home team. Austrian Thomas Preining put the number 91 car in second place for Saturday's race with a lap time of 1:25.278 minutes. Seventh on the grid went to his teammate Dennis Olsen with a time of 1:25.567 minutes. Already in the still sunny starting phase of the seventh DTM race, the Norwegian Olsen with start number 90 made up one place. After half of the race distance, light rain set in. Nevertheless, the Nürburgring-experienced team again relied on slicks during the pit stops of the two Porsche 911 GT3 R cars, which were completed under full-course yellow due to a collision. This strategy paid off on the quickly drying track. Although Thomas Preining lost a position at the restart around twelve minutes before the end of the race after a safety car phase, the third-placed Austrian and Dennis Olsen in fifth collected important championship points for Manthey EMA.
Sunday started with the second DTM qualifying session on a wet, but slowly drying track in challenging conditions. Both Grello Porsches started the session on rain tyres, but switched to slicks shortly before the end. Dennis Olsen was the fastest Porsche, starting from eighth on the grid with a lap time of 1:30.654 minutes. Thomas Preining followed eight places behind in sixteenth with a lap time of 1:31.302 minutes. Both Manthey EMA drivers were involved in collisions right at the start of the race. While start number 91 was able to continue, Dennis Olsen had to park his Porsche in the pits after the first lap on the Eifel circuit with a broken tie rod. Despite the damage to his car, Thomas Preining steadily worked his way to the front and saw the chequered flag in fifth place after 35 laps.
These results mark an extension of the DTM championship lead for Manthey EMA. The team from the Eifel region leads the team standings with 169 points. Thomas Preining leads after eight of 16 races with 117 points and a 28-point advantage. Dennis Olsen is in eighth place in the drivers' standings (63 points) after his collision in Sunday's race. Porsche also continues to lead the manufacturers' standings (238 points).
In just two weeks' time from 18 to 20 August 2023, the next edition of the DTM will take place at the Lausitzring.
DTM results: Race 1: Thomas Preining | Position 03 Dennis Olsen | Position 05 Race 2: Thomas Preining | Position 05 Dennis Olsen | Position 22
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