Tyrolean Clemens Schmid of Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini and South African Sheldon van der Linde of Schubert Motorsport BMW set the pace in two free practice sessions on Friday, the opening day of the DTM Red Bull Ring at REMUS. A lap time of 1m 28.565s set by local hero Schmid in the first session was the fastest time of the day on the 4.318km Styrian circuit. After Schmid and DTM points leader Sheldon van der Linde (1m 28.574s), another Austrian Thomas Preining (1m 28.594s) finished in the top three for the day with KÜS Team Bernhard Porsche. In bright sunshine, 27 drivers from the DTM took part in practice in preparation for the 13th and 14th races of the season. At the same time, the reserves were small: in the morning the time of the first 21 riders was less than one second, after lunch even the first 25.
Clemens Schmidt was fastest out of the session for the first time in his DTM career. “Being on top for the first time is a special feeling, especially in front of the home crowd and in beautiful weather,” he said. “We’ve already been fast all year, but now to be ahead at this track is still a bit strange.” In addition to the day’s sessions, Sheldon van der Linde was the fastest BMW driver, finishing second to the two Porsche drivers of Prining and Dennis Olsen (NOR, SSR Performance), the winner of Saturday’s race at Spa. Nico Müller (SUI, Team Rosberg) was the fastest Audi driver, fifth overall. Lucas Auer (Australia, Team Mercedes-AMG WINWARD) also made the top ten as the best-placed Mercedes driver. Leon Koehler made his DTM debut, replacing Esteban Muth in the Walkenhorst BMW with the starting number 10. The 23-year-old set the 18th time in the first practice session and finished eighth in the second session. In the sum of daily results, he became tenth.
DTM Trophy: Daniel Gregor fastest of the day with KÜS Bernhard Porsche
In the DTM Trophy, a pool of talent on the DTM platform, Daniel Gregor (GER, KÜS Team Bernhard, Porsche) posted the fastest time of the day. His time of 1m 37.907s in morning practice saw him 0.034s quicker than BWT Mücke Motorsport Mercedes-AMG’s Frenchman Edouard Kauppe, who topped the afternoon timesheet. While Gregor and Koupe were the only drivers to post a lap time of less than 1m 38s. Cope’s teammate Rodrigo Almeida (MOZ) and Aston Martin’s Nick Hanke (GER) (Team Speed Monkeys) were also separated by just four hundredths of a second. They were followed by Luis Henkefend (GERMATIA) in fifth place after two sessions. As a result, four brands were represented in the first five places.
A busy program in Styria at the weekend
While many visitors have already enjoyed the action on Friday, racing fans can also look forward to a packed program on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the DTM and DTM Trophy, the historic cars of the Deutsche Rennsport-Meisterschaft in the DTM Classic DRM Cup are also exciting. What’s more, the one-off BMW M2 Cup series is also part of the package of events on the high-quality DTM platform in Styria, with many attractions for spectators in the pod.
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