30 kilograms lighter – BMW seems to benefit from the advantage
Roll-out and first free practice at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben are in the books. When the impressions from the first session on Friday afternoon will be repeated, this would confirm that the light cars have rather major advantages in the Magdeburger Börde. Not much has changed in the allocation of weight since the most recent race weekend at Moscow. On average, there are still 30 kilograms between the heaviest cars, the Audis of Mattias Ekström, Edoardo Mortara and Mike Rockenfeller, and the BMWs. The Audi RS 5 DTM of points’ leader Ekström weighs in at 1,137.5 kilograms at Oschersleben while the BMW M4 DTM of Augusto Farfus, fastest driver in first free practice at Oschersleben, only has a weight of 1,107.5 kilograms.
The cars of five other BMW drivers are even 2.5 kilograms lighter: Bruno Spengler, Timo Glock, Tom Blomqvist, Maxime Martin and Martin Tomczyk. While Spengler hasn’t been able to benefit from this advantage yet – the Canadian was only 22nd-fastest on Friday afternoon, Blomqvist, Glock and Martin made it into the top eight.
After the first session, most of the Mercedes-Benz drivers were at the front of the midfield. Positions in which the cars from the Stuttgart-based brand are also on the weight list. The heaviest Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM is the car with starting number 94, driven by Pascal Wehrlein, the current runner-up in the drivers’ standings, at 1,130 kilograms. Rookie driver Maximilian Götz has the lightest car of all Mercedes-Benz drivers at 1,117.5 kilograms.
But, of course, none of the teams has put all their trumps on the table in the first session of the weekend in Sachsen-Anhalt. Saturday will show whether points’ leader Ekström, in spite of the extra weight, will not again be one of the front runners again. After all, the Swede and many of his fellow Audi drivers already did so in Moscow.
The exact car weights of all the drivers can be found here.