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The first laps of the fifth DTM race weekend of the 2016 season are in the books
At 17.00 hrs, Tom Blomqvist got proceedings underway in first free practice at the Circuit Park Zandvoort in The Netherlands. Finally, however, neither Blomqvist and his fellow BMW drivers, nor the eight Audi drivers dominated the first session at the circuit in the dunes.
In total, 1,818 points are to be won in the 18 DTM races of the 2016 season. So far, 22 drivers have racked up 808 points
Only two drivers are still waiting for a tangible result after eight races: the two Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers Daniel Juncadella and Esteban Ocon. While the 19-year-old Frenchman is experiencing a typical rookie season following promising performances at the start, the Spaniard has yet to break his duck in his fourth DTM season.
During a DTM weekend one often witnesses things happening that just can’t be explained in two simple sentences
Things that better should be assessed, analysed and explained by the experts. And who would be a better man for this job than Norbert Haug? For 22 years (1990 to 2012) he was the Vice President Mercedes-Benz Motorsport and since 2014 he has been analysing the occurrences prior to, during and after the races for DTM’s German TV partner ARD as expert and co-commentator.
An emotional Sunday for Nico Müller: in the second race at the Norisring, the 24-year-old Swiss scored his maiden DTM race win
Having started from third place, Müller took the lead on lap 43 following a perfect pit stop by his Team and defended this position until the finish. After 72 laps of the only 2.3 kilometres long track, he crossed the finish line with a margin of 0.670 seconds from second-placed BMW driver Tom Blomqvist from Great Britain. Belgian Maxime Martin, another BMW driver, ended up third. In total, 123,500 spectators came to witness the DTM action in Nuremberg over the weekend. The Norisring is the only street circuit on the calendar of the popular touring car series.
Mattias Ekström posted the fastest lap time in DTM qualifying on Sunday morning
With his Audi RS 5 DTM, the Swede ended up with a time of 47.804 seconds, but another driver will be on pole position. Due to his collision in the race on Saturday, during which he deprived Christian Vietoris and Robert Wickens of their respective positions, Ekström will be dropped three places on the grid.
In first free practice, late on Friday afternoon, the Mercedes-AMG drivers still kept a rather low profile, with Robert Wickens as their best-placed representative in sixth
In second free practice at the Norisring, however, the drivers of the brand from Stuttgart showed a little more of their potential and staged an entertaining battle with the Audis for the fastest time. After 30 minutes, points’ leader Robert Wickens (48.570 seconds) ended up in first place. The Canadian was 72 hundredths of a second faster than his fellow Mercedes-AMG driver Lucas Auer, who was second. Audi’s Jamie Green (48.672 seconds).
The Norisring asphalt was glowing because of the heat when Maximilian Götz was the first driver to go out for first free practice at 17.00 hrs sharp
At temperatures of well over 30 degrees, the 24 drivers completed the opening session of the fourth DTM weekend of the season. Eventually, only five drivers succeeded in cracking the 49 seconds barrier – and surprisingly, none of them was behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG.
Successful or not – nearly all the 24 DTM drivers seem to love the only street circuit on the DTM calendar
Some of the drivers have been trying to secure a good result for numerous years – but in vein. Nonetheless, even they feel massive pleasant anticipation of the two Norisring races. Some of the drivers in our quote compilation about the fourth race weekend of the season will tell you why.