Bottleneck Grundig-Kehre – Götz penalised following accident
The Norisring’s ‘Grundig-Kehre is a true bottleneck – and even more so right after the start. When the 24 DTM drivers rocket away and accelerate on their way to the180-degree hairpin, every millimetre counts. So, it comes as no surprise that the Grundig-Kehre regularly is the venue of slight or serious collisions. This also applied to the third race meeting of the 2015 DTM season – both on Saturday and on Sunday. In the Saturday round, the drivers involved were the chasers of the front-runners and on Sunday, the backmarkers had to cope with the turmoil. For four of the five drivers involved, the first-lap incident meant the early and sudden end of the race.
When the major part of the field already had cornered the hairpin, the backmarkers got into problems. The smash-up was caused by Mercedes-Benz driver Maximilian Götz who was too fast when approaching the Grundig-Kehre and crashed rather vehemently into the BMW of Timo Glock. Glock’s fellow BMW driver Augusto Farfus and Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller couldn’t avoid also getting involved in the accident and their cars were damaged that badly that they had to pit at the end of lap one to retire. Meanwhile, DTM rookie Götz tried to continue for another lap but then, his race also was over. Timo Glock also wasn’t ready to give up right away – but the damages were too massive. And when his bonnet said farewell on lap four, the former Formula 1 driver also had to retire for good. In addition, the safety-car had to go out for four laps.
“I was slightly hit from behind and then, I was just too late on the brake,” revealed Götz whose mishap reflected his entire race weekend. The DTM rookie had to retire in both the races of his home even. “This arguably was an unfortunate series of events.” The race control, however, came to am other conclusion. For them, the German was the causer of the accident and he was penalised. For the first race of the coming race meeting at Zandvoort, Netherlands, he received a three-position grid penalty.