Dienst Wins After Last Lap Crash


Marvin Dienst won the final race of the weekend at the Lausitzring. Crossing the line first after Robert Schwartzmann made a lunge on leader Joey Mawson in the last lap, a move which ruined both of their chances of victory.

The race had started with a reverse grid from race one, which saw Jason Kremer on pole. However; he and third placed Jonathon Cecotto stalled on the start allowing others to get past. This meant that at the end of a frantic second lap, which saw the safety car deployed, Cedric Piro lead from Joey Mawson and Mike Ortmann.

Mick Schumacher who had been made to start at the back after the red flag overtaking incident in qualifying only made it through half a lap before faint contact with Kim-Luis Schramm spun the car breaking the suspension on momentum.

At the restart, Piro ran wide after pressure from Mawson, allowing the Australian and Schwartzmann past him. Piro would continue to fall as the race went on, enventually settling in seventh behind Jannes Fittje, who would later develop a queue of cars behind him as he struggled to keep up with the pace.

David Beckmann, who had been running fifth was forced to serve a drive-through after a dangerous incident at the start, while the top three of Mawson, Schwartzmann and Dienst broke away.

With half of the race to run, a second safety car was deployed. Marylin Niederhauser had pulled off about 20 metres from the track, but this wasn’t far enough for the stewards. A similar incident occurred during the third safety car when Benjamin Mezatis ran wide and got stuck on the outside of the gravel trap at turn seven, he, as well was some distance from the track. This may bring up the issue of safety and the need to remove cars if they’re not in a dangerous position.

After the second restart, it was the battle behind Fittje that drew the crowds attention. Michael Walderr had made his way up to eighth having past Harrison Newey and Marek Bockmann, before he also past Piro. The third safety car got deployed meaning we would have one lap of racing left.

At the third restart, Schwartzmann lunged at Mawson into turn one. He fell back to fifth but quickly regained third as Mawson defended from the attacking Tim Zimmermann. The incident affected the race behind with Piro being pushed out of the points. This allowed Dienst to take his third win from Mawson and the consistant Schwartzmann.

Zimmermann would beat Ortmann to fourth, while Fittje hung onto sixth from Waldherr, Bockmann and Joel Eriksson, who made up 25 places from last on the grid, with Newey taking the final point.