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Sport Norisring DTM: Lawson beats van der Linde to Saturday pole

12:40  09 october  2021
12:40  09 october  2021 Source:   autosport.com

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  Can Red Bull's Lawson capitalise on rookie DTM title chance? Red Bull Formula 1 protege Liam Lawson takes a healthy 14-point lead into the final round at Norisring this weekend as he aims for a maiden DTM crown.After all, Albon had made a name for himself in F1 over the last two years and his presence was going to boost the stature of a championship that had undergone a major overhaul over the winter.

The result means AF Corse driver Lawson will head to Saturday’s opening race with a 15-point advantage over the Abt Sportsline Audi of van der Linde, albeit with 18kg of ballast on his Ferrari.

Liam Lawson, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo © Alexander Trienitz Liam Lawson, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo

The laptimes tumbled rapidly around the short 2.6km circuit in Nuremberg as the session progressed, helped by drivers being able to complete multiple flying laps on a single set of tyres.

Van der Linde was the first driver to break the 50s barrier in qualifying with a time of 49.647s, before improving further to a 49.255s, setting the fastest lap of the weekend in the process.

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But the South African’s position at the top of the timesheets proved to be short-lived as Lawson began setting a series of quick times, moving the goalposts with a 48.966s flyer.

The next driver to go on top was GetSpeed Mercedes’ Arjun Maini, edging out Lawson by just 0.021s to claim provisional pole after the first runs.

When the drivers returned on track in the final five minutes of the session, Lawson wasted little time to snatch the top spot back from Maini, setting a time of 48.903s on his first flying lap.


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The Kiwi then moved himself out of reach of his opponents with a 48.766s, before finding yet more time on his final flyer to seal his third pole position.

Kelvin van der Linde: With this tip motivates him Mentor Rene Rast

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Lawson’s title rival van der Linde did improve to second with a last-gasp effort of his own, but ended a sizeable 0.184s adrift of the Red Bull junior’s best time of 48.720s.

Winward driver Lucas Auer led a train of Mercedes cars in third, a further 0.027s adrift of a front-row start, as Maini finished fourth after failing to improve his previous benchmark in his final run.HRT’s Maximilian Gotz, who is still in contention for the title, was classified fifth with a time of 48.960s, beating fellow Mercedes runners Philip Ellis (Winward) and Daniel Juncadella (GruppeM).

Contesting his first DTM race of the season as a replacement for Alex Albon, Super Formula and SUPER GT champion Nick Cassidy posted a time of 49.038s to qualify an impressive eighth in the AF Corse Ferrari.

The top 10 was rounded out by Nico Muller in the Team Rosberg Audi and T3 Motorsport Lamborghini driver Esteban Muth.

Red Bull Ferrari boss labels Norisring DTM finale a "disgrace"

  Red Bull Ferrari boss labels Norisring DTM finale a Red Bull AF Corse's team boss labelled Sunday's final DTM race a "disgrace", as team orders and an opening lap collision played a key role in deciding the 2021 title.First, van der Linde attempted to pass him for the lead by cutting the Turn 2 hairpin at the start, bending the steering arm of his Ferrari and leaving him without a chance to fight back into points.

Two-time DTM champion Marco Wittmann’s woes continued as he qualified on the last row of the grid in 19th, beating only the second Team Rosberg Audi of Dev Gore.

Cla#DriverCarTimeGap
130 Liam Lawson Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 48.720
23 Kelvin van der Linde Audi R8 LMS Evo 48.904 0.184
322 Lucas Auer Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 48.931 0.211
436 Arjun Maini Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 48.938 0.218
54 Maximilian Götz Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 48.960 0.240
657 Philip Ellis Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 48.986 0.266
78 Daniel Juncadella Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 49.024 0.304
823 Nick Cassidy Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 49.038 0.318
951 Nico Müller Audi R8 LMS Evo 49.189 0.469
1010 Esteban Muth BMW M6 GT3 49.251 0.531
115 Vincent Abril Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 49.270 0.550
129 Mike Rockenfeller Audi R8 LMS Evo 49.291 0.571
1337 Lucas di Grassi Audi R8 LMS Evo 49.292 0.572
1418 Maximilian Buhk Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo 49.292 0.572
1599 Sophia Flörsch Audi R8 LMS Evo 49.444 0.724
1616 Timo Glock BMW M6 GT3 49.472 0.752
1731 Sheldon Van Der Linde BMW M6 GT3 49.487 0.767
1826 Esmee Hawkey Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo 49.517 0.797
1911 Marco Wittmann BMW M6 GT3 49.568 0.848
2012 Dev Gore Audi R8 LMS Evo 49.753 1.033
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