The Lausitzring in the Lausitz region of Germany hosts round two of the DTM season this weekend (August 14-16) and then just one week later (August 21-23), round three will take place at the same circuit.
This unique track has seen a number of changes over it’s twenty-year history, including the creation of the additional 2.9-mile (3.4 km) sprint circuit in 2005 which allowed for two different track variants for the DTM to run on. Due to this, the two race weekends will be contested on different layouts making the variety of racing much more entertaining for fans and more challenging for the drivers.
“The Lausitzring features the first double-header of the 2020 DTM season. Two different layouts await us, with the combination of the sprint circuit on the first weekend and the longer variant on the second weekend.” stated Jens Marquardt, Director of BMW Group Motorsport. “That is going to be a fascinating challenge, the likes of which we have never seen before in the DTM. After the season-opener at Spa-Francorchamps, at which we fell well below our expectations, we are now looking ahead to the coming races. We have analysed the issues and are working hard to improve our total package. We saw at Spa-Francorchamps that we are very well-positioned in terms of reliability and top speed. We must now improve the pace in general, both in qualifying and over the race distance. We will do all we can to convert the potential of our BMW M4 DTM into good results. We start from scratch at the Lausitzring, and our goal is to turn the page there.”
This weekend the BMW drivers will take to the track in their BMW M4 DTMs on the newer sprint circuit. Round three will take place the following weekend on the longer, 2.8-mile (4.5-km) variant.
BMW DTM driver Philipp Eng holds the lap record of 1:37.897 minutes for this longer layout.
Between the two race weekends, BMW Team RBM and BMW Team RMG will remain at the Lausitzring. They will make the revisions to the BMW M4 DTM, which are necessary after every event, on-site.