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Grasser regrets “weekend to overlook” in Bortolotti’s DTM title problem

The pre-event factors chief was awarded pole for race one, after fog induced qualifying to be cancelled and grid positions have been set by championship order.

He ran second into the closing levels behind fast-starting Pink Bull Ferrari driver Felipe Fraga however, in an try to assert the lead on the closing nook, the pair made contact and each retired after spinning.

The additional level Bortolotti would have earned for quickest lap went as an alternative to Kelvin van der Linde, and he additionally was given a five-place grid penalty for race two.

Beginning ninth, Bortolotti had moved as much as fifth after a security automobile restart and was trying to go van der Linde for fourth at Flip four when contact with the Abt Audi driver lower his left-rear tyre and put him out.

Van der Linde’s brother, Schubert BMW driver Sheldon, was the principle beneficiary of the race one incident to take his third victory of the season, then prolonged his factors lead over Bortolotti in race two regardless of solely ending ninth.

Reflecting on the disappointing weekend, with Bortolotti now trailing by 21 factors, Grasser instructed Autosport’s German language sister title Motorsport-Whole.com: “That was a weekend to overlook. Of what we may have performed, we merely did not put something into follow and take it with us.

“You overlook weekends like that, you give attention to the subsequent 164 factors to get. That would be the focus now.”

Mirko Bortolotti, Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan EVO GT3, Felipe Fraga, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, crash

Mirko Bortolotti, Grasser Racing Staff Lamborghini Huracan EVO GT3, Felipe Fraga, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo, crash

Photograph by: DTM

Whereas conceding that “it will actually have been wiser to complete second and fifth”, Grasser felt Kelvin van der Linde was at blame for the race two conflict.

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“In my view, Kelvin has to open up there, as a result of they have been facet by facet,” he stated.

“When somebody is that deep into it, the opposite one has to open up. That wasn’t precisely honest.”

Unsurprisingly nevertheless, Kelvin van der Linde had a unique view on the incident.

Talking to Autosport after ending fourth with 15kg in success ballast, he stated: “Naturally I used to be very gradual within the [Turn 3] left-hander and I knew he would in some unspecified time in the future attempt to go proper.

“I noticed it a few times within the mirror, him trying it, however I used to be at all times sensible to it.

“The ultimate try I might say I used to be once more sensible to him attempting, he was nearer than ever and I feel I heard him even choosing first gear to get a bit extra torque off the nook.

“Straightaway I opened my exit, after which not anticipating him to nonetheless go even additional to the correct, I went for the nook. I feel he went over the kerb and nonetheless tried to make it work.

“He then overshot the nook, so I initially thought I may lower him again however then sadly he received a puncture, I feel that facet of it was a little bit of dangerous luck for him.

“However in a standard racing state of affairs in all probability I might have undercut him once more. We might have gone side-by-side into the subsequent nook and possibly I might have had the within once more.

“It’s onerous to evaluate. I didn’t count on him to go that excessive to the correct as a result of I used to be already far to the correct.

“If he was intelligent, he would have stayed left, ready the correct after which he would have simply overtaken me.”

Bortolotti was unavailable for remark.

Sheldon van der Linde took pole for race two and led the opening levels earlier than being jumped within the pits by eventual winner Luca Stolz after which shuffled again on the restart.

Reflecting on the race with Motorsport-Whole.com, the South African stated “it was extraordinarily stunning that Mirko did not drive the race to the tip once more”.

“That helped me once more, in fact, as a result of I feel as we speak we undoubtedly misplaced plenty of locations on the restart,” he added.

“That price us a bit, however nonetheless I am pleased with the crew for what they confirmed all weekend.” 




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