Lawson had slipped to fifth within the standings after three non-scores within the earlier two rounds, however the Purple Bull Ferrari driver bounced again strongly in Austria to grow to be solely the second repeat winner of the yr.
The 19-year-old made a clear begin from pole place to steer into Flip 1 from Gotz, and was a second up of his rival by the tip of lap two.
Gotz was the primary of the main duo to pit on lap seven, with the HRT workforce servicing his AMG GT3 in lower than six seconds in a bid to undercut Lawson.
However the 2.5-second buffer the AF Corse driver had constructed was sufficient to carry onto the web lead, with Lawson rising in entrance of Gotz after making his personal pitstop a lap later.
Gotz quickly closed in on Lawson within the ultimate phases of the race as each lastly cleared the late-stopping Audis of Nico Muller and Mike Rockenfeller, however he was by no means able to make a move on the Kiwi.
Lawson ultimately crossed the road simply over a second away from Gotz to attain his first DTM victory for the reason that Monza season opener, transferring himself to 3rd within the championship behind Kelvin van der Linde and Gotz.
Whereas Lawson seemed to be in management up entrance, the battle for the ultimate podium place went down the wire, with Philip Ellis narrowly holding into third from Lawson’s team-mate Alex Albon and van der Linde.
Philip Ellis, Mercedes AMG Staff Winward Mercedes AMG GT3
Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz
Having charged his approach from eighth on the grid after two lengthy battles with van der Linde and Arjun Maini, current Nurburgring victor Albon was proper on the tail of Ellis – regardless of 25kg of success ballast on his Ferrari.
Albon tried a daring transfer on Ellis’ Winward Mercedes on the skin of Flip 6 however ran barely extensive, making mild contact with van der Linde because the Abt Sportsline Audi driver tried to reap the benefits of the battle forward of him.
This allowed Ellis the respiration area to clinch his third rostrum end of the season, as Albon and van der Linde completed shut behind him in fourth and fifth respectively.
Coming into the weekend, championship chief van der Linde had warned that the Austrian venue gained’t go well with the Audi R8 LMS, however a high 5 outcome helped him restrict the harm to his nearest rivals Gotz and Lawson.
GetSpeed’s Maini secured his finest end of the rookie DTM season in sixth, beating the highest BMW of Walkenhorst driver Marco Wittmann.
Dwelling hero Lucas Auer was eighth within the Winward Mercedes, whereas the highest 10 was rounded out by HRT’s Vincent Abril and Rowe Racing BMW driver Timo Glock – the latter securing solely his second factors end of 2021 after a tricky begin to the season.
Glock’s team-mate Sheldon van der Linde was in rivalry for a good haul of factors when he ran straight at Flip four with what seemed to be a technical downside, parking his M6 GT3 on the nook exit.