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What the DTM’s scariest corner meant for Lausitzring lap times

When the DTM adopted the Lausitzring’s banked Turn 1 as part of its layout for the 2021 season, it meant a whole new challenge for drivers and teams.

The Lamborghini talisman leading his troops to DTM success

Since signing his first factory contract with the marque in 2015, Mirko Bortolotti has become Lamborghini's Mr Dependable. And after a short spell at Audi in 2020, the Italian is back with his long-time collaborators at the Grasser Racing Team and has made a strong start to life in the DTM.

Cassidy “really pleased” by pace on DTM return at Lausitzring

Nick Cassidy says he is “really pleased” by the potential he showed on his first DTM appearance of 2022 at the Lausitzring last weekend, despite only scoring two points.

Van der Linde: Schubert BMW made "big steps" for Lausitz DTM double

DTM championship leader Sheldon van der Linde says that Schubert Motorsport "found some very good steps” on its new BMW M4 GT3 that allowed him to take both Lausitzring victories.

Auer bemused by “massive pace” deficit in DTM Lausitzring race two

DTM race winner Lucas Auer was puzzled by his Winward Mercedes team’s loss of pace in Sunday’s second race at the Lausitzring after qualifying on pole for the Saturday opener.

Rast explains “upside-down” set-up change behind DTM podium return Lausitzring
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Rast explains “upside-down” set-up change behind DTM podium return

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast said a set-up rethink gave him a “different car” for the second Lausitzring race and helped him to score the first podium of his comeback.

Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win Lausitzring
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Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde holds off Engel for double win

Sheldon van der Linde became the first double winner of the 2022 DTM season with a controlled drive pole at the Lausitzring to sweep the weekend after capturing race one.

Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde beats Rast to Sunday pole

Sheldon van der Linde followed up his Saturday Lausitzring DTM victory by taking pole for race two, following a late red flag caused by a fire for Felipe Fraga’s Ferrari.

Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde scores first win for new BMW M4 Lausitzring
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Lausitzring DTM: Van der Linde scores first win for new BMW M4

Schubert Motorsport BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde took his first DTM victory of 2022 at the Lausitzring after passing poleman Lucas Auer at the start.

Lausitzring DTM: Auer holds off charging van der Linde for pole

Winward Mercedes driver Lucas Auer took pole position for the opening DTM race at the Lausitzring, narrowly edging Sheldon van der Linde's Schubert BMW by 0.025s.

Audi's Muller explains factors that helped end DTM win drought

Team Rosberg DTM racer Nico Muller says he is "more comfortable" in Audi's updated R8 LMS Evo II package, which helped him end his year-long win drought in Portimao.

Lausitzring DTM round could root out "one-hit wonders" - Auer

Mercedes DTM race winner Lucas Auer predicts that the championship’s return to the familiarity of the Lausitzring this weekend after starting off at Portimao could uncover “who was a one-hit wonder”.

2022 Lausitzring DTM: Start time, how to watch and more

The DTM travels to the Lausitzring this weekend for the second round of the 2022 season. Here's the full schedule for the race weekend.

WRC legend Loeb came close to joining DTM with BMW 10 years ago

Rally legend Sebastien Loeb has revealed that he came “quite close” to joining the DTM with BMW a decade ago following his retirement from the World Rally Championship.

DTM responds to Porsche team's "unfair" BoP claims

DTM boss Gerhard Berger has refuted SSR Performance’s claim that Porsche wasn’t correctly balanced against the opposition during the opening round of the 2022 season at Portimao.

"Special" Loeb's performance on DTM debut was "impressive"

The speed demonstrated by rally legend Sebastien Loeb on his DTM debut was “impressive” and it proves that he is a “special” driver, says his Red Bull teammate Felipe Fraga.

Porsche team unhappy with BoP in Portimao DTM opener

SSR Performance team owner Stefan Schlund feels Porsche wasn’t balanced correctly against its rivals in the opening round of the 2022 DTM season at Portimao.

Rast laments "difficult" Portimao weekend after point-less DTM return

Factory Audi driver Rene Rast felt there was nothing he could do to escape the train of cars and score some points in the second race of the Portimao season opener.

Red Bull's Fraga admits speed on DTM debut came as relief

Red Bull driver Felipe Fraga said he was pleased to prove that he can be competitive on his DTM debut at Portimao, having doubted his speed coming into the weekend.

Audi's Muller not expecting many more DTM win chances in 2022

Audi driver Nico Muller believes there won’t be too many more opportunities to score race victories against an ultra-competitive DTM field in 2022 following his triumph in Portimao last weekend.

Portimao DTM: Muller takes dominant Sunday win for Audi Algarve
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Portimao DTM: Muller takes dominant Sunday win for Audi

Audi driver Nico Muller led the second DTM race at Portimao from start to finish to take a convincing victory, as Red Bull’s Felipe Fraga scored his maiden podium in the series.

Portimao DTM: Audi driver Muller takes pole in second qualifying

Team Rosberg’s Nico Muller claimed his first DTM pole position in nearly two years after beating Grasser Racing rival Mirko Bortolotti in Sunday’s second qualifying session at Portimao.

Bortolotti thought his race was over at Portimao DTM restart Algarve
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Bortolotti thought his race was over at Portimao DTM restart

Grasser Racing driver Mirko Bortolotti thought his race was over when his Lamborghini Huracan suffered a sudden loss of power at the safety car restart during the opening DTM race at Portimao.

Portimao DTM: Auer leads Mercedes 1-2; slow restart for Bortolotti Algarve
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Portimao DTM: Auer leads Mercedes 1-2; slow restart for Bortolotti

Mercedes driver Lucas Auer claimed victory in a dramatic opening race of the 2022 season at Portimao, taking advantage of a slow restart from polesitter Mirko Bortolotti.

Portimao DTM: Bortolotti puts Lamborghini on pole for opener

Factory Lamborghini driver Mirko Bortolotti claimed pole position for the opening round of the 2022 DTM season at Portimao in a tightly-contested qualifying session on Saturday.

DTM drivers would welcome return of "spectacular" night races

Several DTM drivers have voiced their support to bring back night racing to the series, saying it has the potential to produce a “mega event”.

Eight reasons you should follow the DTM in 2022

The DTM visits the Portimao circuit in Portugal this weekend to kick off its 2022 campaign, its second under GT3 regulations. Here are eight reasons to follow the championship this season.

2022 Portimao DTM: Start time, how to watch and more

A brand new DTM season begins this weekend on April 30-May 1 at the picturesque Portimao circuit in Portugal. Here's the full schedule for the opening round of the year.

Porsche tops final day of Portimao DTM testing

Dennis Olsen put Porsche on top on the final day of DTM pre-season testing at Portimao, beating the Audi of 10-time race winner Nico Muller.

Audi leads Porsche on Day 1 of Portimao DTM night test

DTM rookie Ricardo Feller topped the opening day of the Portimao pre-season test for Abt Audi, leading the Bernhard 75 Porsche of Thomas Preining. 

Is there a risk of NASCAR-style pitstop specialists in DTM?

As the DTM embarks on the second season of its GT3 era, there is a real risk that teams might start hiring NASCAR-style pitstop specialists to gain even the smallest of advantage over their rivals.

Why the DTM is holding Portimao pre-season test at night

The DTM is holding its final pre-season test of 2022 at Portimao this week, but intriguingly much of the running will take place at night.

How Fraga's Red Bull DTM drive has been 10 years in the making

Few would have picked Felipe Fraga to lead Red Bull’s second assault on the DTM in 2022 following Liam Lawson’s departure from the category. But Fraga’s history with the DTM goes back almost a decade, and he is talented enough to take on some of the best drivers in the world of GT racing.

Van der Linde faces "difficult situation" with Rast's DTM return

Kelvin van der Linde faces a “difficult situation” to remain the top dog within the Abt Audi DTM team this season with the arrival of Rene Rast, reckons 2013 champion Mike Rockenfeller.

Loeb's DTM entry surprised championship boss Berger

DTM chief Gerhard Berger admits he was surprised to learn that World Rally Championship legend Sebastien Loeb will be making his debut in the series with Red Bull this month.

Rast says 20 drivers capable of winning this year's DTM title

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast says this year's field is so competitive that over 20 drivers can realistically aim for the championship.

Vanthoor: Porsche treating DTM like any other customer programme

Laurens Vanthoor says Porsche is not putting in any special efforts into the DTM this year, but reckons a successful maiden campaign would "mean a lot” to the Stuttgart-based manufacturer.

Muller leads Bortolotti as Hockenheim DTM test ends

Nico Muller set the pace on the second and final day of the Hockenheim DTM test for Audi, leading the Lamborghini of Mirko Bortolotti.

Rookie Zug leads Rast on first day of Hockenheim DTM testing

Marius Zug set the pace on the opening day of DTM pre-season testing at Hockenheim, with Rene Rast finishing second to make it a 1-2 for Audi.

WRC legend Sebastien Loeb to make DTM debut for Red Bull

Rally legend Sebastien Loeb will make his DTM debut at Portimao later this month, joining Felipe Fraga in Red Bull’s line-up.

Why a works Aston Martin driver will race a Lamborghini in DTM

Factory Aston Martin driver Nicki Thiim will be competing in the DTM for the first time this year, but oddly he will do so not at the wheel of a Vantage GT3 but a Lamborghini Huracan.

Mercedes reveals liveries for 2022 DTM title defence

Mercedes has unveiled the liveries for its eight factory-supported cars that will compete in the 2022 DTM season.

How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir Prime

How the DTM has come back stronger from its Norisring nadir

OPINION: Questionable driving standards and farcical team orders meant the DTM's first season under GT3 regulations ended under a cloud. But the organisation has responded firmly by banning team orders and welcomed new manufacturers, making for an intriguing season ahead as new and returning names prepare for battle.

Loeb tests Red Bull's Ferrari DTM car, linked to race seat

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has tested Red Bull’s DTM car at the Spa-Francorchamps this week, raising speculation that he could make his race debut in the GT3-based series.

BMW's van der Linde doubts M4 can win "right away" in DTM

Factory BMW driver Sheldon van der Linde doesn’t expect the new M4 GT3 to be in contention for victory “right away” in the DTM, but feels the car is a major improvement over its predecessor.

Berger: DTM wasn't right place for Rossi's first GT3 season

DTM chief Gerhard Berger feels 2022 was “not the right time” for MotoGP legend Valentino Rossi to enter the series, saying he needs more time to become competitive in GT3 machinery.

Lawson "more comfortable" focusing on F2 after dual 2021 campaign

Liam Lawson says he is “definitely more comfortable” just racing in FIA Formula 2 this season following a dual campaign with the DTM in 2021.

Red Bull announces Fraga, Cassidy for 2022 DTM season

Red Bull has firmed up its driver line-up for its second season in the DTM as a fully-fledged team, with Felipe Fraga and Nick Cassidy piloting its two AF Corse-prepared Ferrari 488 GT3s.

Aston driver Thiim enters DTM with T3 Lamborghini team

Factory Aston Martin driver Nicki Thiim will compete in the DTM for the first time this year, joining Lamborghini outfit T3 Motorsport for the full season.

DTM champion Gotz to use #1 after being inspired by Verstappen

Maximilian Gotz will defend his DTM title with #1 on his Mercedes-AMG GT3, saying his choice of car number was partly inspired by that of Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen.

BMW driver Glock in frame for Italian GT switch after DTM exit

Timo Glock is in frame for a surprise switch to the Italian GT series following his departure from the DTM, while fellow factory BMW driver Bruno Spengler could face a year on the sidelines.

Bortolotti targeting Lamborghini's first victory in the DTM

Factory Lamborghini Mirko Bortolotti has set his sights on the Italian marque’s first victory in the DTM this year, buoyed by his successful guest appearance in 2021.

BMW showcases 2022 DTM liveries as M4 GT3 makes debut

BMW squads Walkenhorst Motorsport and Schubert Motorsport have unveiled their liveries for the 2022 DTM season, the first to feature the brand's new M4 GT3 car.

Porsche team SSR names Vanthoor, Olsen for DTM campaign

Porsche outfit SSR Performance has named Laurens Vanthoor and Dennis Olsen as its drivers for its first full season in the DTM in 2022.

The remarkable career of 'classy' champion Martin Tomczyk Prime

The remarkable career of 'classy' champion Martin Tomczyk

Over two decades as a factory driver with Audi and BMW, Martin Tomczyk earned the respect of teammates and rivals as a hard but fair racer. After calling time on his racing career, the 2011 DTM champion sat down with to look back.

David Schumacher 'adapting well' to GT3 ahead of DTM debut

Winward Mercedes boss Christian Hohenadel feels David Schumacher has been doing a fine job adapting to various aspects of a GT3 car as he prepares for his first season in the DTM.

Rowe BMW team denies poor results influenced DTM exit

BMW outfit Rowe Racing has denied suggestions that a lack of results played a role in its departure from the DTM after a single season, saying the team “doesn’t shy away from sporting failure”.

Hawkey remains with T3 Lamborghini for second DTM season

Esmee Hawkey will continue racing in the DTM in 2022 after signing a new deal with Lamborghini outfit T3 Motorsport.

David Schumacher joins DTM in 2022 with Winward Mercedes

David Schumacher will make his sportscar racing debut in 2022 as part of an expanded eight-car Mercedes roster in the DTM.

Porsche GT3 star Vanthoor set for DTM debut in 2022

Factory Porsche driver Laurens Vanthoor is being tipped to join the DTM this year as part of SSR Performance’s two-car entry into the category.