Despite the short lap length, the Norisring has it all, it is a sprint between the two turning points, the Grundig-Kehre and Dutzendteich, with extreme braking maneuvers.
There are virtually no run-off zones at the Norisring, only at the two turning points. Otherwise, there's a wall or guard rail - and behind them the spectators are already cheering.
When people talk about the Norisring, they often refer to it as the "Franconian Monaco. It's a street circuit with a long tradition, just like the Formula 1 circuit in Monte Carlo.
Drivers reach a top speed of 245 kilometers per hour on the long start and finish straight.
Like Monaco, the Norisring is a non-permanent race track built on public roads only for Speedweekend in Nuremberg every year.
Race Review With a debut victory and a second podium finish, Manthey EMA looks back on a successful DTM weekend at the Norisring. Thomas Preining (Austria) took his first DTM win of the season at the wheel of the Porsche 911 GT3 R in Sunday's race at Germany's only street circuit. Dennis Olsen (Norway) finished the previous day on the podium in third place for the first time in the 2023 season. Manthey EMA and Porsche now lead the DTM team, driver and manufacturer standings after six rounds.
Manthey EMA's aim for the weekend in Nuremberg was to build on the good performance of the previous DTM weekend at Zandvoort, to defend their lead in the drivers' championship and improve their position in the overall team standings. After the first podium finishes, the first victory of the season was also on the agenda. The chances of fulfilling these expectations were influenced by some special circumstances at the Norisring. To start with, the only street circuit in Germany is the shortest track on the DTM calendar. The 2.2-kilometre circuit, with the two turns Grundig-Kehre and Dutzendteich as well as the Schöller-S, places the highest demands on the cars' brakes. In addition, the very short lap times at the Norisring make choosing the right race strategy particularly challenging. Due to the large starting field and the special characteristics of the track, qualifying was divided into two groups (Group A & Group B). These were formed on the basis of the results of the two free practice sessions on Friday.
Thomas Preining started the qualifying on Saturday in Group A ahead of Dennis Olsen in Group B. With a lap time of 48.933 seconds, the Austrian secured provisional pole position, but went into the first sprint race of the weekend in second place on the overall qualifying standings. The Norwegian Olsen covered the street circuit in 48.993 seconds making him eleventh on the starting grid. In the early stages of the race, Preining lost four positions in the number 91 Porsche, so that for a few laps he was sixth, directly in front of his team-mate Olsen. About halfway through the 60-minute race, the latter came into the pit lane and, after his pit stop, clinched third place overall and his first podium finish of the current season in a race that saw the fiercely contested field at the Norisring chasing each other. Problems during Thomas Preining's pit stop caused him to drop further down the order and he took the chequered flag in twelfth place.
Manthey EMA started Sunday with an improved qualifying result compared to the previous day. Dennis Olsen, whose group was the first to go for the best lap times and grid positions, clocked a time of 48.815 seconds which put him seventh on the starting grid. Once again, Thomas Preining qualified second for Sunday's race with a lap time of 48.773 seconds. The Austrian's Grello Porsche lost two positions on the very first lap. However, thanks to a good pit stop strategy and two overtaking manoeuvres in the Grundig corner, Preining not only regained the two lost positions but also took the lead after 46 laps of the race. After a further 26 laps on the Nuremberg street circuit, last year's winner secured his first win of the season and the maiden victory for Manthey EMA in the DTM with a lead of 2.181 seconds. Dennis Olsen ultimately crossed the finish line in sixth place with the number 90 car.
These results put Manthey EMA at the top of the DTM team standings (131 points). In the drivers' championship, Dennis Olsen is eighth with 52 points, while Thomas Preining extends his lead with a ten-point advantage (88 points). Porsche also defended its lead in the Manufacturers' Championship.
With the DTM at the Nürburgring from 4 to 6 of August, the home race of the 2023 season is on the agenda for Manthey EMA.
DTM results: Race 1: Dennis Olsen | Position 03 Thomas Preining | Position 12 Race 2: Thomas Preining | Position 01 Dennis Olsen | Position 06
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