The Haupt Racing team driver began seventh and ran fifth within the early levels earlier than a security automotive was known as when David Schumacher tipped three-time champion Rene Rast into the gravel on the closing nook.
This coincided with the pit window opening on lap seven, and a fast turnaround from his crew when the pack poured into the pits meant Stolz rejoined within the internet lead over poleman Sheldon van der Linde.
He then made no mistake on the restart to cleanly negotiate the one driver who didn’t pit beneath security automotive – 17-year-old debutante Theo Oeverhaus within the Walkenhorst BMW – across the outdoors at Flip 1 earlier than bolting right into a lead he’d by no means lose over Dennis Olsen’s SSR Porsche.
On the race begin, Sheldon van der Linde’s Schubert BMW held the lead from fast-starting team-mate Philipp Eng, with Olsen third forward of front-row starter Kelvin van der Linde, Thomas Preining (Bernhard Porsche) and Stolz.
Preining and Stolz handed Kelvin van der Linde in fast succession on lap two within the enviornment part, and had joined the rear of a queue of automobiles behind chief Sheldon van der Linde who was carrying 25kg in success ballast and working fractionally much less enhance strain than in qualifying after a late Steadiness of Efficiency tweak.
Eng appeared the quicker of the 2 BMWs, however the Austrian’s race was ruined by the arrival of the protection automotive, with DTM guidelines prohibiting double-stacking within the pits.
Mirko Bortolotti, Grasser Racing Group Lamborghini Huracan EVO GT3
Photograph by: DTM
Behind Oeverhaus and Stolz, Sheldon van der Linde took the restart third, however was swamped by the pack on the run to Flip 1 as Auer, Kelvin van der Linde, Preining, Maro Wittmann (Walkenhorst BMW), Max Gotz (Winward Mercedes), Bortolotti and Nico Muller (Rosberg Audi) moved forward, Mikael Grenier (Gruppe M Mercedes) additionally shuffling the South African again a spot.
Wittmann was then edged off the monitor by Preining, dropping a hatful of positions and falling out of the highest 10 at that stage, as Preining’s lack of momentum allowed Bortolotti and Gotz via. Muller additionally handed Preining on the closing nook shortly afterwards.
As the highest three checked out, Kelvin van der Linde steadfastly defended his fourth place from Bortolotti, who had been given a five-place grid penalty for contact with Fraga in race one and began again in ninth.
The Grasser Lamborghini driver pressured his Abt Audi rival for a number of laps earlier than making his transfer at Flip four. The pair made contact, puncturing Bortolotti’s right-rear wheel and forcing him to retire, scoring no factors for the second consecutive race.
Defending champion Gotz was due to this fact promoted to fifth forward of Muller, Preining and Grenier.
Sheldon van der Linde and the recovering Wittmann accomplished the factors after Fraga, who had completed 10th on the highway, was penalised 5 seconds for his earlier conflict with Schmid.
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