Statistics Gleanings Lausitzring Part 1
Last weekend, DTM made its second stop of the 2017 season – at the Lausitzring. In mostly great conditions with brilliant sunshine, the 67,000 spectators witnessed two thrilling races at the tri-oval in Brandenburg that were won by the same drivers as the first two rounds of the season at Hockenheim: DTM.com looks back: in the first part of our statistics gleanings of the second DTM race meeting we focus on the differing lap times and the question who is the driver who held the lead for the longest time, to date. Statistics that mainly was dominated by Auer who also set the fastest and the fastest theoretical lap time.
The fastest lap time of the Lausitzring weekend was set by Lucas Auer
Saturday altogether was the day of Lucas Auer. So, it didn’t come as a major surprise that the Austrian also crossed the line in the Saturday qualifying with his Mercedes-AMG in a time no other driver could beat throughout the weekend: with a lap time of 1:16.193 minutes, representing an average speed of 164.3kph, ‘Luggi’ secured the pole. Second and third positions were secured by the same driver. Meanwhile, Robert Wickens amazed by setting two virtually identical qualifying lap times. In the Saturday qualifying session, the Mercedes-AMG driver crossed the line in 1:16.298 minutes and on Sunday, the Canadian set a 1:16.299-minute lap. The fastest lap time in the practice session was achieved by Jamie Green on Sunday.
The fastest theoretical lap at the Lausitzring also was set by Lucas Auer
with 1:16,084 minutes, the Mercedes-AMG driver’s fastest theoretical lap was 109 hundredths of a second faster than his pole lap in qualifying session one. Robert Wickens (1:16,239 minutes) and Tom Blomqvist (1:16,252 minutes) finished second and third respectively. And other than the other two, the British BMW driver set his theoretical fastest lap time in the second qualifying session. A theoretical fastest lap featuring the fastest split times of all the drivers even would have resulted in a time of 1:15,991 minutes. Wickens was the fastest in sector one with 25.512 seconds, Auer set the quickest second split time (19,096 seconds) in the Saturday qualifying session and Wickens also was the fastest in sector three (31,383 second). So, even a 0.202 seconds faster fastest lap time would have been possible.
The fastest race laps in both rounds were set by Rene Rast
On Saturday, in his only sixth DTM race, the Audi driver secured his maiden podium by finishing third and on the way to securing this result, on lap 31, he set a new Lausitzring lap record by crossing the line in 1:17.343 minutes. The old record (1:18.268 minutes) was set by Mike Rockenfeller – also with an Audi – in 2013. But on Sunday, Rast even upped the ante. He finished seventh but improved his own lap record by another 245 hundredths of a second. On lap 25 the German crossed the line in 1:17.098 minutes, representing an average speed of 162.401kph. The other fastest lap times were set in race two by Audi’s Mattias Ekström (1:17.190 minutes) – who finished second – and Nico Müller (1:17.243 minutes).
After the Lausitzring weekend, Lucas Auer has got the biggest number of laps and kilometres as race leader under his belt
The Austrian and his Mercedes-AMG completed 61 laps in the lead, in the season to date, representing a distance of about 271 kilometres. The only driver who comes close to matching this result is Audi’s Jamie Green with 43 laps and 193 kilometres respectively. Third position in this ranking is held by Robert Wickens with 20 laps and 87 kilometres respectively. While reigning champion Marco Wittmann and his BMW as well as the other nine drivers have to cope with zero laps on their tally, in this ranking.
The biggest number of position gained in the races contested to date compared the grid positions was gained Mattias Ekström
Altogether, the Swede who opted for a courageous strategy in the Sunday race that helped him working his way up from eighth position on the grid to finish second gained 21 positions, from grid to race result. Nearly as good as Eki in this ranking is his fellow Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller. On Sunday, the German worked his way up from 11th to finish fifth. Over the course of the season, ‘Rocky’ already gained 20 positions. Third position – with 14 positions gained from grid to race result – is held by BMW’s Marco Wittmann. Meanwhile, the driver who absolutely will dislike this ranking is Tom Blomqvist. With his BMW, the Briton lost a total of 31 positions, after the starts. And the Sunday race proved to be particularly bitter for him: He was second on the grid but due to a penalty for having made a jump-start he finished in the penultimate position.