Scheider gains a lot of ground – Tambay makes the fastest stop
Mercedes-Benz dominated the third DTM race meeting of the season. On Saturday, they celebrated a one-two-three and on Sunday, they added a one-two. The beaming winners: Pascal Wehrlein and Robert Wickens. Nonetheless, the Stuttgarters were beaten in several statistics. Who made the fastest pit stop? Who completed the longest stint? Read the first part of our selected Norisring postscripts to find out.
The fastest lap time of the weekend was set by Robert Wickens (Mercedes-Benz). In the race on Sunday, nobody was able to mach the pace of the Canadian. And when it already was clear that Wickens couldn’t be stopped on his way to the win he even upped the ante. “My team told me to take it easy and opt for a more careful approach but I wanted to keep on putting the pedal to the metal”, Wickens admitted after the race. With just four more laps to go he crossed the line of the 2.3-kilometre Norisring faster than anybody else on the third weekend of the 2015 DTM season: in 48.178 seconds. The second-fastest time was set by Bruno Spengler. In the qualifying session for the Sunday race, the BMW driver set a 48.280-second lap, thus giving BMW the highly acclaimed pole position. In the same session, Christian Vietoris crossed the line in 48.284 seconds, thus achieving the third fastest time of the weekend and qualifying second – to finish the race in the same position.
The longest stint at the Norisring was accomplished by Daniel Juncadella (Mercedes-Benz). After having rejoined the race action following his pit stop in the Sunday race, the Spaniard completed a remarkable 52 laps in one go. He needed 42:32 minutes for covering this distance of 119.6 kilometres and finished eighth in the race. Meanwhile, Adrien Tambay, the man who executed the second-longest stint, had to settle for a clearly worse result. The Frenchman finished 14th and consequently failed to score points. He completed 51 laps following his pit stop and needed 42:10 for covering the 117.3 kilometres. Maxime Martin’s second stint also added up to 51 laps – but he was faster than the Frenchman. The BMW driver covered the distance in 41:59 minutes and consequently secured third position in these statistics. But the Belgian crossed the line in 10th position, thus adding a point to his tally.
The fastest pit stop of the weekend was executed by the team of Adrien Tambay (Audi). Team Abt executed the service for the Frenchman’s car faster than anybody else. From entering to exiting the pit lane, Tambay needed just 29.964 seconds. Just fractions slower was Team Schnitzer when it came to the service for the BMW of Martin Tomczyk. The German spent at total of 29.984 seconds in the pit lane – just two hundredths of a second more than Tambay. But the fast stop didn’t help him a lot: he finished 12th in the Sunday race, thus failing to score. The third fastest pit stop was the one of Bruno Spengler. His MTEK-TEAM delivered flawlessly and he left the pit lane with his BMW M4 DTM 30.035 seconds after having entered it.
The greatest comeback of the Nuremberg weekend was accomplished by Timo Scheider (Audi): In both qualifying sessions, Scheider failed to set competitive lap times. On Saturday, the Audi driver was the slowest driver of the entire field an on Sunday, things didn’t run significantly better for him: 23rd position on the 24-driver grid. In the races, however, he delivered on a higher level – although he failed to score points, nevertheless. Over the course of the two Norisring rounds he gained total of 15 positions by finishing 16th in both races. 14 positions were gained by BMW driver Martin Tomczyk who secured second position in these statistics by doing so. On Saturday he worked his way up from tenth to sixth position and on Sunday from 21st to 11th. A total of 11 positions were gained by Tomczyk’s fellow Audi driver António Félix da Costa. The Portuguese gained six positions on Saturday by working his way up from 18th to 12th and on Sunday, he added another five positions by starting from 17th position on the grid and finishing 12th: third position in these statistics.