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