Round two of the season in the new DTM: This weekend, the Lausitzring hosted the GT3 series in glorious summery conditions. Sheldon van der Linde secured the first pole position in the DTM for the BMW M6 GT3. The ROWE Racing driver set the fastest time in qualifying on Saturday morning. Van der Linde then led for much of Saturday’s race in the #31 BMW M6 GT3, before eventually finishing third. However, he was subsequently handed a time penalty for a moment of carelessness from the pit crew, which saw him relegated to ninth place. The best-placed BMW M6 GT3 on Saturday was the #11 Walkenhorst Motorsport car, driven by Marco Wittmann, who came home seventh. Wittmann climbed seven positions from 14th on the grid. Timo Glock struggled with tyre wear before finishing eleventh in the #16 ROWE Racing BMW M6 GT3.
Glock was then the best-placed BMW driver in Sunday’s qualifying, securing fifth place on the grid. Van der Linde started the race from seventh place, with Wittmann again 14th. In race two on Sunday, van der Linde came home fifth, just ahead of Wittmann who produced another impressive fightback to finish sixth. Glock twice ended up in the gravel during a hectic start to the race, and fell well back down the field as a result. He eventually crossed the finish line in 13th place.
The third race weekend of the 2021 season will take place at Zolder, Belgium, from 6th to 8th August.