DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
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DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
DTM Assen round 6 - Lawson extents lead with a third and second place
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Assen, 18 September, 2021

Liam Lawson moved back to the top of the overall DTM standings, courtesy of his third place in Race-1 at Assen. The Red Bull AF Corse driver produced another splendid performance, culminating in his seventh podium of the season, which, thanks to Kelvin Van der Lindeís unfortunate race, puts the New Zealander on the summit of the championship standings. Alex Albon retired after multiple contacts at the start.

Race 1

Chaos at the start
Poleman Liam Lawson was quick to extend his lead at the start, while behind him, several cars, too close together, were involved in minor but decisive accidents. These included the 488 GT3 Evo 2020 of Alex Albon, which suffered light damage to its front-end but severe to its rear-end that forced him to retire during his pitstop on lap 12. Previously, the Safety Car had been out to clear up the track, leaving the scene with 46 minutes to go. Lawson again held off the pack at the restart, but allowed Bortolotti to pass him. The latter was a race guest and so did not affect the points. Maximilian Götz, one of the drivers still in contention for the title, was the first to make a mandatory stop. With this manoeuvre, the Mercedes driver undercut Lawson and retook the lead after the New Zealanderís stop.

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Safety Car again
Although yet to make his mandatory stop, Kelvin Van der Linde led the race, more than twenty seconds ahead of his pursuers, when the Safety Car came back out to clear debris. With his advantage wiped out, the race turned gruelling for the Audi driver and, at the same time, opened up unexpected possibilities for the others, including Marco Wittmann. The BMW man mounted a decisive attack on Lawson, forcing the Ferrari driver off the track. A lap later, he made a similar move on Götz, becoming virtual race leader behind the two ABT drivers, still with zero on the pit stop sheet. Lawson successfully imitated Wittmann, passing the Mercedes driver and moving into virtual second place just before the commissioners decided to impose a five-second penalty on Wittmann for his attack on the Ferrari driver. At this point, the German made his move on Rockenfeller, extending his lead over the Ferrari man, who failed to get the better of the Audi driver. Two laps from the end, with Wittmann almost ten seconds ahead of Lawson and the Audis pitting for their respective stops, Bortolotti passed Lawson and finished just behind Wittmann.

New leader
This result put Lawson back on top of the championship standings, with 156 points, an eight-point lead over the duo of Van der Linde and Wittmann and nine over Götz. Despite his zero, Albon held onto sixth position with 94 points.


Race 2

Having moved to the top of the DTM standings after Race-1, Liam Lawson extended his championship lead with second place in Race-2 at Assen. A quick Alex Albon finished fifth.

Aggressive
The Ferraris started from the second row, attacking Wittmann while the poleman Auer pulled away from the group. Like yesterday, the BMW driver was very determined to protect his position and Lawson, despite getting off to a faster start than his rival, was forced to postpone his attack and was passed by his teammate.

Undercut
Lawson decided to imitate the strategy that had proved successful in Race-1 by pitting on lap six, one lap ahead of Wittmann and Albon. The New Zealanderís undercut proved successful, allowing the Red Bull AF Corse driver to pull alongside the BMW man as he exited the pit lane, taking advantage of warmer tyres to pass him on turn two. With Auer in the virtual lead and Lawson in second, the race was still open, waiting for race leader Kelvin Van der Linde to pit.

Slipstream
The Audi driver made his mandatory stop on lap 21, returning just a few fractions ahead of Wittmann. In the BMW driverís slipstream and ahead of Maximilian Götz, Albon also tried to chase the South African, but with no luck. At the front, Lawson cut the gap to Auer to just over a second, while Albon was five-tenths down on Van der Linde, who was still battling it out with Wittmann.

Pulling away
A few seconds from the end of the 55-minute race, Juncadella, in third, stopped his Mercedes at the edge of the track, allowing Wittmann to take his place on the podium. Two laps later, the chequered flag marked Lucas Auerís first win of the season, second place for Liam Lawsonís 488 GT3 Evo 2020 and Alex Albonís fifth. With two rounds to go, this result puts the Red Bull AF Corse driver on 175 points, extending his lead to 10 points over Marco Wittmann, 15 over Van der Linde and 20 over Maximilian Götz. Alex Albon is sixth on 104.

Appointments
With four races still to run, the DTM drivers will be back in action over the weekend of October 1-3 in Hockenheim.


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