30 Sessions on the three day – more race action isn’t possible
It’s a truly tight schedule. From 03rd to 05th June, the Lausitzring will stage an amazing motor-racing event. In addition to the seven DTM sessions (three practice sessions, two qualifying sessions and two races) the race weekend comprises another 23 sessions. This means that the spectators may not only look forward to the close and thrilling racing in DTM but also to the ADAC GT Masters, the ADAC Formula 4, the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and the Superbike*IDM. On each of the three days, the fans on site will be provided 10 hours of on-track action and in addition, there also will be numerous highlights aloof from the track: live concerts, autographing sessions, parties, competitions and far more. On Friday morning at 08:00hrs CEST (07:00hrs BST) and from that point in time, the action at the 3.478-kilometre never stops for three days. And only from 18:25hrs CEST on Sunday, when the young ADAC Formula 4 driver will have taken the chequered flag of their third race, silence slowly will return to the Lausitz.
The ADAC GT Masters
The ADAC GT Masters drivers battle it out at the Lausitzring for championship points and race wins after a five-week break. Therefore, it may be expected that the GT-aces will be particularly motivated in their two races at the Lausitzring. It is the third of seven ADAC GT Masters race weekends. 34 super cars of eight different manufacturers fight for the title. Also on the grid: the defending champions Sebastian Asch and Luca Ludwig in a Mercedes-AMG GT3. With the races at Oschersleben and the Sachsenring contested they travel to the Lausitz as second-placed pairing in the championship, just six points behind championship leaders Connor De Phillippi / Christopher Mies who haven’t won a race, so far, but finished second three times. 17 points behind the leaders, rookie Jules Gounon and Masters record winner Daniel Keilwitzauf follow in third position. At the Sachsenring they secured the debut win for their Corvette C7 GT3. The racing in the ADAC Masters is similarly close as in DTM. Detecting favourites in the run-up to a race weekend is difficult – particularly at the Lausitzring. The circuit has been an integral part of the Masters calendar since 2007 and in the 18 races contested since then, 25 drivers representing eight different manufacturers made it to the top step. Consequently, the pairings racing a Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Bentley Continental GT3, Porsche 911 GT3 R, BMW M6 GT3 or Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 all also may hope to succeed in Eastern Germany.
ADAC Formula 4
It is the second season for the car-racing newcomer series and the rush prior to the season was massive. 17 teams running a total of 45 cars registered for the 2016 season. To be able to cope with this huge interest, the ADAC Formula 4 organisers introduced the pre-qualifying. At the Lausitzring, this elimination race is held on Friday and for several drivers, the race weekend will be over, afterwards. Nonetheless, the number of competitors on the grid will be remarkable: 34 single-seaters will contest the three races and it goes without saying that such a big field will result in spectacular race action featuring countless wheel-to-wheel battles. With three race wins, two second places and a third, Joey Mawson proved to be particularly successful in the six races contested to date. Consequently, he already holds a comfortable lead in the championship but his rivals are far from giving up. This particularly applies to Mick Schumacher and David Ortmann. While the 17-year old son of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher secured a race win but mainly scored with his consistency, 16-year old David Ortman caused a stir at Oschersleben by winning two races. So, with another 15 races to go, the battle for the title is far from being over.
For the third consecutive time, DTM will be accompanied at the Lausitzring by the Superbike*IDM riders. Extreme banking is guaranteed when the Superbike und Superstock 1000 riders go out for their two races. Following season kick-off in late April – also held at the Lausitzring – and the races at the Nürburgring, Frenchman Mathieu Gines returns as Superbike championship leader to the Lausitzring. Meanwhile, Max Neukirchner, his toughest rival to date, won’t contest the races at the Lausitz. He tumbled while practicing and suffered injuries that forced him to make a break. Consequently, Marvin Fritz, currently third in the championship, now is the German hope on the Superbike*IDM grid. In the overall ranking, his gap to the French championship leader amounts to just six points. Meanwhile, Luca Grünwald holds the lead in the Superstock 1000 ranking. His lead over Danny de Boer in second position amounts to 10 points while Marco Nekvasil already is 39 points behind. At the Lausitzring, the two categories will start into the races from the same grid what means a big field and lots of action.
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
The Porsche Carrera Cup is going to also race in the support programme of the 2016 DTM season’s third race weekend. In four of the six races contested so far, Porsche Junior Sven Müller made it to the top step but nonetheless, the fight for the Cup lead is extremely close. Like Müller, Christian Engelhart also has got 101 points on his tally but as he secured just one race win, to date, he has to cope with second position. But he definitely will make another assault to take the lead – and this certainly also applies to the best rookie, Dennis Olsen, who currently holds third position with 86 points on his tally. The identical Porsches will contest two races, on the Lausitzring weekend.