Preview: 2018 DTM Series – Red Bull Ring

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Philipp Eng, Gerhard Berger, Lucas Auer and René Rast:2018 DTM Series - Red Bull Ring
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The DTM Series heads to Austria this weekend (21-23 September) to take on the Red Bull Ring.

As the penultimate round of the championship, things are hotting up in the standings with Gary Paffett just two points ahead of Paul di Resta.

Reigning champion René Rast is third in the standings after a dominant weekend last time out, but some way off the Mercedes, with 149 points.

Edoardo Mortara makes it three Mercedes’ in the top five, sitting fourth on 138 with BMW‘s Marco Wittmann one point behind.

It will be Mercedes’ turn to have a guest driver in their team as Sébastien Ogier joins the team for his first DTM experience.

What happened last time out at the Nürburgring?

It was well and truly the Rast show at the Nürburgring.

The German created history by being the first driver in DTM history to take maximum points from a weekend.

Qualifying on pole in both races, which he then converted into two victories – Rast added 56 points to his season tally to join the sharp end of the championship.

Audi had a far more difficult start to 2018 than their rivals but since Zandvoort, Rast has found some impressive form to turn around his season.

Paffett regained the championship lead from di Resta after leaving the previous round at Misano pointless to narrowly hold an advantage heading into the final four races.

What happened last time at the Red Bull Ring?

Last time the series took to the Styrian mountains, it was the first race after the scrapping of the controversial performance weights.

Audi had bemoaned the system following the round at the Nürburgring with the decision taken to remove them with immediate effect.

It was apparent after this that the Ingolstadt team had a clear advantage over their rivals.

Despite leading the championship for much of the season, Mattias Ekström claimed his first victory of the season in Race 1.

With it an all Audi top three, as they demolished their rivals as Robert Wickens in fourth ended up 21 seconds adrift.

They had been on course to claim a 1-2-3-4 in Sunday’s race but, Jamie Green suffered a gearbox failure late on.

What is the schedule?

Friday 21 September

Free Practice 1: 16.45 (CEST)

Saturday 22 September

Free Practice 2: 8.30

Qualifying 1: 10.35

Race 1: 13.30

Sunday 23 September

Free Practice 3: 8.30

Qualifying 2: 10.35

Race 2: 13.30

Where can I watch the DTM action at the Red Bull Ring?

Coverage of the DTM Series is available through FreeSports, with the series no longer offering their YouTube streams to UK viewers.

How can I keep up with the action?

The action from every session as well as any breaking news will be shared here on TCF!

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