Fast rookies and Green’s brake problems
The 69.000 spectators at the Nürburgring were provided top-class entertainment. Numerous wheel-to-wheel battles, spectacular overtaking and a thrilling fight for the championship lead. And while Pascal Wehrlein failed to win the title early, one could witness – inter alia – several drivers celebrating on the podium that aren’t regulars at the front end of the field. On Sunday, Miguel Molina secured the first race win in his DTM career and Maxim Martin his second on Saturday. If you want to find out who else was particularly fast, why Jamie Green had to leave a race venue empty-handed for the third time, this year, and which team did a particularly good job in the pit-lane, please read the first part of our selected postscripts of the 15th and 16th rounds of the season, contested at the Nürburgring.
The unlucky fellow of the weekend arguably was Jamie Green: The Briton who made such a stunning start into the season by winning three of the first four races encountered another disappointing weekend, at the Nürburgring – although he clinched promising grid positions, in the two qualifying sessions. On Saturday, the Audi driver was seventh on the grid and on Sunday even third. Nonetheless, he had to leave the Nürburgring without having added a single point to his tally. Something he encountered for the third time in the 2015 season. His Saturday race lasted just a few seconds. He was slightly touched by Tom Blomqvist while entering the Mercedes Arena and spun in a group of cars. Fellow Audi driver Miguel Molina had no chance of avoiding him, the two Audis collided – and their race was over. But while Molina struck back on Sunday by celebrating his first DTM win, Green had to bite another bullet. This time, he was stopped by the technology of his Audi. When the starting lights were switched off, everybody got going – apart from Green’s orange Audi. When Green finally could accelerate his car he already had dropped back to the very end of the field and in the end, he had to settle for finishing 17th. Green: “On Sunday, problems with my parking brake made an end to my hopes for a good race. When I dropped back at the start, the additional winglets at the front of my Audi also were damaged and that made an additional negative impact on my race. Altogether a truly frustrating weekend.”
The fastest lap time of the weekend was set by Miguel Molina: The Spaniard proved to be the true high-flyer of the day. He crossed the line of the Nürburgring’s 3.629-kilometre sprint layout in 1:21.732 minutes, thus setting the fastest lap time of the entire weekend – and was clearly faster than the rest of the field. The second fastest, Lucas Auer, was nearly two tenths of a second slower than Molina. Nonetheless, the Austrian rookie was absolutely delighted when crossing the line on his final lap of the Saturday qualifying session in 1:32.915 minutes. After all, he secured the first pole position in his DTM career, with this lap. The third-fastest lap time of the weekend was set by another rookie: Tom Blomqvist. With a 1:21.939-minute lap in the Sunday qualifying session, the Briton clinched the second grid position. And there was just more driver who succeeded in breaking the 1:22-minute barrier, on the Nürburgring weekend. The Saturday winner, Maxim Martin, crossed the line of the sprint circuit in the Saturday qualifying session in 1:21.999 to secured second position on the grid for the Saturday race.
The fastest pit stop of the Eifel race meeting was executed by Daniel Juncadella and his pit crew: The Mücke-Motorsport crew did a great job on the Spaniard’s car, this weekend. When Juncadella pitted on lap 12 of the Sunday race, his team worked at lightning speed. With his Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM, Juncadella needed just 27.933 seconds from entering the pit lane to rejoining the race and was the only driver who completed his stop in less than 28 seconds. Second position in this ranking was secured by Augusto Farfus. During his stop on lap 13, he spent a total of 28.077 seconds in the pit lane. With this fast stop, he passed Pascal Wehrlein for seventh position but later on the track, the championship leader re-passed Farfus and the Brazilian finished eighth. Third position in the pit-stop ranking was clinched by Martin Tomczyk. He left the pit lane 28.117 seconds after having entered it – one component making for a successful race. Tomczyk started from the last position on the grid into the Sunday race – to finish ninth.