DTM

Banked corner dropped from Lausitz

The banked corner, Turn 1 of the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, has been dropped from the DTM track for this weekend's race due to safety issues. The circuit will revert to the four and a half kilometre Grand Prix track as used previously, where the cars...

The banked corner, Turn 1 of the EuroSpeedway Lausitz, has been dropped from the DTM track for this weekend's race due to safety issues. The circuit will revert to the four and a half kilometre Grand Prix track as used previously, where the cars will head into the infield after the start/finish straight.

After last year's race the teams did some testing on Turn 1 but the conditions were different and the information gathered was not applicable to this weekend. In practice yesterday the temperature was higher and the speeds in DTM have increased since last season.

Abt Audi drivers Christian Abt and reigning champion Laurent Aiello crashed heavily at Turn 1 with tyre problems. After discussions between the sport's governing body, the DMSB, manufacturers Mercedes, Audi and Opel and tyre supplier Dunlop, the decision was taken to drop Turn 1 from the DTM course.

With the agreement of the DMSB, Aiello and Abt have taken over the cars of teammates Martin Tomczyk and Peter Terting for the remainder of the weekend as thier own cars could not be repaired in time.

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Series DTM
Drivers Laurent Aiello , Martin Tomczyk , Christian Abt , Peter Terting