Porsche remains in the lead of the manufacturer championship.
Though conditions for the drivers of the DTM in the German Eifel region: Rain increased the difficulty of the race on the already challenging Nürburgring. Not only Green Hell – but wet hell. All the more impressive was the performance of DTM newcomer Laurin Heinrich, who managed to reach the podium for the first time on Sunday. No less impressive: Thomas Preining's ranking on first spot of the driver championship and Manthey EMA's lead in the team championship. With that, Porsche maintains the lead in all three championships.
Though it was dry during the start on Saturday and comparatively warm at 18° C, dropping temperatures and an influx of rain was not exactly expected in what should be summer in the Eifel region. And the weather would not get better throughout the race weekend. Quite the opposite, in fact.
It was a challenge – not only for championship lead Thomas Preining (Manthey EMA, Porsche 911 GT3 R #91), who had collected 90 points up to this race. Already around the third minute, he came under heavy pressure from Ricardo Feller #7, but did not give him a chance to pass. Dennis Olsen also had a tough time in the packed starting grid and directly fell behind onto ninth position, but managed to regain his balance shortly afterwards – though not without pressure.
Ayhancan Güven and Christian Engelhart suffered a heavy stroke of bad luck: the race ended for them after a collision in minute 27. Engelhart had skidded into Güven's rear after braking ahead of the first curve, and both cars landed in the gravel pit with damaged rears. As a result, a full course yellow phase was announced around minute 28. The crash resulted in the elimination of both vehicles for the race on Sunday – the damage was too great. Luckily, it was only car body damage: Güven and Engelhart remained uninjured.
And the rain increased – multiple teams crowded into pit lane to switch to rain tires. The right strategy? Definitely a first taste of the race on the following day.