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DTM: The four musketeers of the DTM

The title fight is getting hotter! Four races before the end of the race at the Hockenheimring (Saturday and Sunday live from 1 p.m. on Sat.1), four drivers can become first DTM champions of the GT3 era.

The four musketeers of the 2021 DTM season: Liam Lawson (AF Corse-Ferrari), Marco Wittmann (Walkenhorst-BMW), Kelvin van der Linde (Abt-Audi) and Maximilian Götz (HRT-Mercedes).

The youngest DTM driver, only 19-year-old Liam Lawson, took over the lead from Kelvin van der Linde in Assen (175 points). The New Zealander could become the youngest champion in DTM history, which began in 1984.

“Whether you’re the hunter or the hunted doesn’t change anything for me,” says Red Bull Junior Lawson coolly. With his Ferrari 488 GT3 he can build on a solid GT3 car, with many strengths and few weaknesses the perfect vehicle for the double header at the Hockenheimring and next weekend in Nuremberg.

Ten points back: DTM double champion Marco Wittmann (165 points). The BMW driver from the Walkenhorst Motorsport team shines with consistency and is the only driver to score points in all twelve races so far. Wittmann had two victories in Zolder and Assen, Lawson and van der Linde have each had three successes so far.

The four musketeers of the 2021 DTM season.

However, with the BMW M6 GT3, Wittmann is driving a car that drivers also refer to as a “bathtub”. Reason: The M6 ​​is heavy and sluggish.

“Our weak points will therefore be the hairpin bends – both at Hockenheim and at the Norisring,” the Franconian knows. “Tight corners and braking phases are not exactly our strengths. For me, Ferrari has the best package, but Audi and Mercedes are also very strong. With the M6 ​​and as a new DTM team, we have already achieved more than we expected. ”Until 2021, Walkenhorst only drove endurance races. And: Wittmann is a lone fighter and has no teammates.

Unlike number three in the title fight: Kelvin van der Linde. The Abt-Audi driver currently has 160 points and three team-mates in the last two races with Sophia Flörsch, Mike Rockenfeller and guest starter Lucas di Grassi. He dominated the DTM until the race in Spielberg and is now a hunter.

The South African: “That shows how quickly things can change.” In Hockenheim in particular, he expects a “close battle”. Van der Linde: “Hockenheim suits all cars, the long straights should ensure overtaking action. The Norisring should be a crazy race. I hope without rain – otherwise there will be chaos. ”

His mid-engine Audi R8 LMS should have advantages especially in the city race in Nuremberg. “The car is good in the braking zones and has strong traction out of the corners,” admits the Abt driver.
But Maximilian Götz is also not defeated with 155 points. “I was last champion in 2014 – it’s about time again!” He gives the slogan. The man from Uffenheim describes his HRT-Mercedes-AMG-GT3 as a “constant racing car – never perfect, but never bad either.”

One thing is certain: the fantastic four are currently only separated by 20 points. Four more races – then the champion is certain.

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