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DTM Norisring: Felipe Fraga wins, Mirko Bortolotti half-time champion

Felipe Fraga provided the icing on the cake himself: On his 27th birthday, the Brazilian first secured pole position in the AF Corse Ferrari and then in the eighth DTM season race at the Norisring also clinched his first victory in the traditional racing series. And in a very sovereign way.

For Fraga, the success is not only a suitable gift for the day of honor, but also a special satisfaction, because he has been dogged by bad luck and incidents so far this season.

“A Perfect Race”

“I love you all, this is the best birthday of my life,” Fraga cheered on the radio. “I love you all, this is the best birthday of my life,” Fraga cheered on the radio. “We had pole after so much bad luck. And this time there were no crashes in the race. It was a normal race, with no crazy things. The team made a perfect stop. And I didn’t make any mistakes – a perfect race.”

At the same time, the fight for the title is slowly coming to a head. Mirko Bortolotti struck back impressively after a black Saturday for him, finished second in the Grasser-Lamborghini and at the same time took the overall lead with 89 points. After eight of 16 races he is the half-time champion. But he doesn’t want to hear anything about the title. “It doesn’t mean anything. It means we have nine points more than the others. It’s much too early for the arithmetic games,” said Bortolotti.

Meanwhile, three-time champion René Rast, who finished third in the Abt-Audi and finished on the podium, like on Saturday, is also in the mix. He is third overall with 79 points, one point behind Sheldon van der Linde, who was only 17th in the Schubert-BMW. “It’s halftime and it’s not looking bad. I had to settle in first, now I feel more and more comfortable,” said Rast.

Felipe Fraga celebrates.

Local hero Marco Wittmann (Walkenhorst) missed a possible podium in the pits because his stop lasted too long. He ended up fourth ahead of Dennis Olsen (SSR Performance) in the Porsche. Champion Maximilian Götz finished sixth in the Winward-Mercedes ahead of Ayhancan Güven. The Fraga team-mate rounded off his good performance over the whole weekend in his DTM debut with seventh place.

Prening collects points

Thomas Preining scored more points after the celebrated victory on Saturday, the Austrian from Team Bernhard, who had to load 25 kilograms of additional ballast because of the win, finished ninth.

After the crash festival on Saturday, the drivers had to go to the race control on Sunday and got a smack on the cap. “More discipline please,” was the motto. And the pilots followed the instructions, there were no major incidents. Which in turn meant there was little variety at the top. Pole setter Fraga retained the lead ahead of Bortolotti, Wittmann, Rast and Olsen.

What was clearly too much seasoning on Saturday was almost completely missing on Sunday. The drivers at the front reeled off their race, made no mistakes and held their positions. The mandatory pit stops in the final phase of the race brought only one change: Rast took the last place on the podium because Wittmann’s stop lasted too long.

DTM Norisring
2nd race

1. Felipe Fraga (Brazil) – Ferrari 488 GT3 56:17.533 min.
2. Mirko Bortolotti (Italy) – Lamborghini Huracan GT3 +2.709s
3. Rene Rast (Minden) – Audi R8 GT3 +5.747
4. Marco Wittmann (Furth) – BMW M4 GT3 +9.505
5. Dennis Olsen (Norway) – Porsche 911 GT3 R +15.172
6. Maximilian Goetz (Uffenheim) – Mercedes-AMG GT3 +17.429
7. Ayhancan Guven (Turkey) – Ferrari 488 GT3 +18.011
8. Luca Stolz (Brachbach) – Mercedes-AMG GT3 +22.510
9. Thomas Preining (Austria) – Porsche 911 GT3 R +24.294
10. Maro Engel (Munich) – Mercedes-AMG GT3 +24.747

Driver Rating
Standing after 8 out of 16 races

1. Mirko Bortolotti (Italy) – Lamborghini 89 pts.
2. Sheldon van der Linde (South Africa) – BMW 80
3. René Rast (Minden) – Audi 79
4. Nico Muller (Switzerland) – Audi 62
5. Lucas Auer (Austria) – Mercedes 60
6. Felipe Fraga (Brazil) – Ferrari 50
7. Ricardo Feller (Switzerland) – Audi 48
8. Marco Wittmann (Furth) – BMW 48
9. Luca Stolz (Brachbach) – Mercedes-Benz 47
10. Thomas Preining (Austria) – Porsche 43

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