PROsport Racing left to count the cost poor driving at DTM Trophy's second round at the Lausitzring

Sunday, July 25, 2021


The DTM Trophy held their two races of their second of the season this weekend from the trio-oval and infield circuit of the Lausitzring and that produced two ‘interesting’ thirty-minute races to say the least with some truly questionable presentation off track and driving standards on it.

The Nurburgring based Aston Martin Racing team of PROsport Racing remained the sole AMR team within the mid-twenties grid of GT4 machinery but had a revised line up since the opening round at Monza with Dane Patrik Matthiesen falling out with the team for him to be replaced with sometimes previous team racer, Mike David Ortmann.

Saturdays opening race wasn’t a good one for the two Aston’s as each car was obviously lacking the same amount of terminal velocity of the Mercedes and BMW’s ahead and on a circuit that required effective slip-streaming to pass – that was an obvious issue.

Starting P6, reigning DTM Trophy champion Tim Heinemann quickly dropped to P9 by the first real corner of the lap whilst Ortmann did make some early gains to lift himself up from P18 to P14.

Never in the race, both Astons had to make do with what they had and a prolonged Safety Car for two cars tangling on the pit straight only served to save their blushes. Then in the final minutes, Heinemann got pushed out and into an infield gravel trap – managing to return but was by then in last place. Race one would end with #19 Ortmann finishing P10 and #1 Heinemann P15, rounding off a miserable day for them.

Race 2 would at least start well for the PROsport team as Heinemann secured pole position with Ortmann slightly better placed in P16.

Taking the rolling start, Heinemann was again shown weaving vigorously across the track to defend his position from the BMW of Ben Green behind and the #23 KTM behind him. Losing the lead and then regaining it a few corners later it looked like it was going to be a busy thirty minutes to see who won.

The only thing was, and just a lap later, a move from the #23 KTM on Green left the KTM with little to no braking distance into the tight left hander and had the #23 car sail broadside into the side of the #1 car ahead as he turned into the corner. Ripping the driver’s door off the Aston in the process, both cars came to a halt some way away from the scene of their impact. Luckily both appeared to be unharmed although Heinemann left his feelings clearly be known as the victim in that incident.

After the clean-up with the Safety Car again controlling the race, little over half the time remained. Salt was to be later rubbed into the wounds of the PROsport team as the sister KTM X Bow robustly pushed Ortmann out wide to drop two or three places only for the KTM to go into the next corner too fast, spin the gravel and exit back onto the racetrack (backwards) just Infront on the #19 car.

Race two would finish a disappointing P11 for the #19 car and another DNF for the #1 car as the series looks to Zolder in two week’s time.

Photo credits - DTM Trophy / Team
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