After Mercedes-AMG GT3s locked out the highest 4 spots on the grid for the opening race of the weekend, DTM’s official associate AVL Racing handed a 15kg weight discount to the Audi R8 LMS GT3s, whereas additionally elevating the increase pressures of the BMW M6 GT3 and the Ferrari 488 GT3.
Haupt Racing Staff (HRT) duo Vincent Abril and Maximilian Gotz went on to complete second and third respectively behind the profitable AF Corse-run Ferrari of Liam Lawson, taking a 18kg and 15kg hit respectively as a part of the collection’ new success ballast guidelines.
Extra BoP adjustments adopted on Sunday morning forward of the second qualifying, with AVL immediately pegging again the efficiency of the Mercedes this time.
Checkered flag for Kelvin van der Linde, Abt Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3
Picture by: Alexander Trienitz
This performed a task in solely three automobiles from the Stuttgart-based producer’s secure ending contained in the factors, with Winward’s Lucas Auer the highest-classified driver in third behind the dominant Audis of Kelvin van der Linde and Nico Muller.
Auer was in a position to leap a few of his rivals within the pits with an early cease, however felt Mercedes’ German rivals clearly had a bonus over it on Sunday.
“It was very tough as a result of Audi and BMW have been on a distinct stage right now,” mentioned the Austrian. “However we had an excellent technique, got here into the pits earlier and in addition had a brand new set of tyres. That is why I used to be in a position to pull off the huge undercut.”
After ending on the rostrum on Saturday, Gotz might solely salvage a 10th-place outcome on Sunday, almost half a minute down on race winner van der Linde.
“After that it was actually tough. Then there was one other divebomb from him a couple of laps later in Flip 1. That is when the automobile was additionally a bit misaligned. We then shimmied our manner via the race.”
Abril was one of many 4 Mercedes drivers who failed to attain factors on Sunday, ending lower than a second behind his teammate Gotz in 11th.
Staff boss Hubert Haupt mentioned: “The primary race on Saturday went nice with second and third locations. [On Sunday] the success weight and the BoP made life tough for us.
“Then there was the unlucky scenario for Vincent [having to take evasive action after contact between Lawson and Esteban Muth’s Lamborghini], however each automobiles made it via. We have now to take that as expertise from the primary race weekend.”
Winward boss Christian Hohenadel added: “The Audis on the entrance have been in a league of their very own on Sunday.”
Following the opening spherical of the season, Abril is the highest Mercedes driver in standings in fourth on 21 factors, 15 down on van der Linde.