New track layout makes for additional action
The EuroSpeedway Lausitz’ new track layout has been welcomed by both drivers and motor racing enthusiasts. The shortening of the Grand Prix circuit from 4.534 to 3.410 kilometres has increased the number of laps to be completed during the race, and thanks to its width of more than 30 metres, the new turn offers a good overtaking opportunity, thus spicing up the race action. Following the successful DTM tests on Friday, it has been decided that the new layout will also be used for the qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday.
“The EuroSpeedway has been physically demanding, at all times,” says Opel works driver Laurent Aiello, “But now it will be even more exhausting as one of the straights offering the drivers a chance to relax has gone.” For reigning DTM Champion Mattias Ekström, however, the increased demands in thy physical area aren’t the main issue. “When braking into the narrow corner leading to the infield there’s a lot of space to outbrake somebody,” explains the Swede, “but even so, overtaking will be anything but easy.”