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Liam Lawson Takes Saturday Race Win In Austria

Liam Lawson claimed pole position and then emerged as the winner from a Saturday’s DTM race at Red Bull Ring. Maximilian Götz from Mercedes-AMG Team HRT was second across the finish line from Philip Ellis, driving the Mercedes-AMG of the WINWARD team.

Behind Alex Albon with the AlphaTauri Ferrari, who was fighting in a very spirited way, Kelvin van der Linde came fifth with the ABT Audi, from Arjun Maini with the GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG. Kelvin van der Linde defended his championship lead with 139 points from Götz with 116 while Lawson moved back up into third place with 108 points. Nürburgring race winner Alex Albon (94) is fifth in the standings from Ellis (87).

“That was a really good race,” said Liam Lawson happily.

Götz was also happy: “I think that was a great race! In the end I was close, but it wasn’t enough to drive past. ”However, Götz suspected that Lawson had managed his lead, but Lawson contradicted vehemently:“ I wish I had checked it. For me it was just full throttle the whole time. To drive a Red Bull car here and then win is great, it is our second home race after Monza with Ferrari. ”The New Zealander was not only happy about the win, but also that the fans were back in the race for the first time in almost two years The paddock got very close to their stars: “It’s really cool that the fans can get really close again and are there in the paddock. Philipp Ellis was also visibly pleased with third place: “After touching Sheldon van der Linde, I wasn’t sure whether the car would stop. The action was amazing, it was a very tough race and it was great to have spectators in the paddock again. ”

The start in bright sunshine was remarkably clean. In the treacherous first corner, in which everyone was determined to carry as much momentum as possible for the uphill section, it got quite close, but everything went well.

Lawson had made a good start from pole position and already pulled a one-second gap on the opening lap with Maximilian Götz and Indian Arjun Maini next up. Lap after lap, the youngster extended his lead.

After the eighth lap, Lawson headed into the pit lane for fresh tyres. DTM runner-up Nico Müller (SUI, Rosberg Audi) continued his race on his first set of tyres for a long time, as did Esteban Muth with the Lamborghini. Once again, the 19-year-old worked his way past Müller with entertaining manoeuvres and racked up his first miles in the lead of a DTM race.

There was lively action with hard, but fair battles for position in the middle of the field with 20 DTM race cars. Alex Albon and Arjun Maini in particular staged a great duel for eighth place. After 28 laps, Muth headed into the pits from the lead for his tyre change and so did Müller two laps later, but the latter’s Rosberg Audi was pushed into the pit box straight away, the third retirement next to teammate Dev Gore and Sheldon van der Linde. Out in front, the road was finally clear for Lawson to bring victory home, just ahead of Götz. Eventually, Ellis successfully defended his position from a charging Albon and secured third place.

In the best conditions in the morning, Liam Lawson already set the pace in qualifying. With 1m 27.851s, the New Zealander ended up ahead of the two Mercedes-AMG drivers Maximilian Götz (Team HRT) and Arjun Maini (Team GetSpeed), who were second and third from Sheldon van der Linde with the ROWE BMW.