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Kelvin Van der Linde leads Audi and Abt Sportsline one-two at Zolder

Kelvin Van der Linde has struck a brand new blow on the DTM desk after profitable the primary leg of Zolder. The South African rider of the Abt Sportsline crew has managed to perfection the beginning and the following spotlight to safe a primary place that he has solely misplaced as a result of totally different methods of some drivers. Behind Van der Linde has completed the German Mike Rockenfeller, thus making certain the 1-2 of Audi and the Abt crew. For its half, Alex Albon has been third, which is the second podium of the Thai profession in his first yr within the DTM.

Van der Linde managed to retain the primary place in a begin by which Marco Wittmann slipped second, forward of Maximilian Götz. Although the primary corners handed with a reasonably clear script, the primary chicane of the circuit left a a number of accident by which Liam Lawson was out of the race. They had been additionally affected on this mishap Arjun Maini, Nico Müller and Dani Juncadella. The Spaniard managed to return to the pits with the Security Automotive already current, however he misplaced nearly all of the choices to attain an excellent consequence. In entrance, Mike Rockenfeller overtook Götz for third place earlier than neutralization.

Mike Rockenfeller has enforced Abt Sportsline’s technique to shut the crew’s double.

Kelvin Van der Linde repeated efficiency within the spotlight to retain Marco Wittmann from behind. With a cleaner growth, it didn’t take lengthy for the drivers at the again of the group to make the obligatory pit cease. Vincent Abril stopped, Philip Ellis did and additionally Sheldon Van der Linde. Instantly afterwards, they answered within the lead. Chief Kelvin Van der Linde was accountable for main a wave of stops that additionally participated Marco Wittmann, Maximilian Götz, Esteban Muth or Lucas Auer. An change of steps for pits that left winners and losers, as Vincent Abril sneaked in simply behind Van der Linde.

With a very totally different technique, Mike Rockenfeller managed to take the second digital place after leaving the pits between Van der Linde and Abril. A motion that gave option to a part of sure tranquility because the stops of the pilots who determined to increase their first stint much more had been consumed and by which Sheldon Van der Linde obtained a five-second penalty for his incorrect place at the beginning. Past this level, the race handed with some tranquility whereas Kelvin Van der Linde escaped from the presence of Mike Rockenfeller to defend his nonetheless digital management.

Kelvin Van der Linde leads Audi and Abt Sportsline one-two at ZolderAlex Albon has additionally used technique to achieve a foothold on Zolder’s podium.

You needed to wait till the ultimate ten minutes of the race to see the actual positions after the final pit stops. Kelvin Van der Linde regained the lead forward of Mike Rockenfeller, whereas Alex Albon managed to occupy the third place forward of a Maximilian Buhk who ended up retiring, making good your technique of delaying your cease to the utmost. Thus was Vincent Abril in fourth place. Behind, Esteban Muth took seventh place after beating Philip Ellis in one of many few overtakings that occurred in a Zolder circuit not very conducive to this part.

Leader Kelvin Van der Linde starts his performance at Zolder with a poleChief Kelvin Van der Linde begins his efficiency at Zolder with a poleRead information

With out additional opposition, Kelvin Van der Linde secured the victory forward of his teammate Mike Rockenfeller, within the double of the Abt Sportsline crew. For its half, Alex Albon took third place within the wake of the 2 Audi R8 LMS GT3, with none stress. Actually, Vincent Abril completed the race fourth, though greater than 20 seconds behind the Thai pilot after being in no-man’s-land over the past third of the race. Marco Wittmann closed his participation with a fifth place forward of Esteban Muth and Maximilian Götz. Contained in the ‘high 10’ they completed Philip Ellis, Lucas Auer and Nico Müller.

Outcomes race 1 of the DTM 2021 in Zolder

Kelvin Van der Linde
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Abt Sportsline
39 Laps
2nd Mike Rockenfeller
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Abt Sportsline
+ 0.6963ºAlex Albon
Ferrari 488 GT3
AF Corse
+ 1.7864ºVincent April
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Staff HRT
+ 21.9785ºMarco Wittmann
Walkenhorst Motorsport
+ 24.5546ºEsteban Muth
Lamborghini Huracán GT3
T3 Motorsport
+ 25.1407ºMaximilian Götz
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Staff HRT
+ 26.4668ºPhilip Ellis
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Winward Racing
+ 27.3339ºLucas Auer
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Winward Racing
+ 27.84610ºNico Müller
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Staff Rosberg

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