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Manthey EMA regains lead in the DTM team and driver championship at the Red Bull Ring

  • Top ten result and important points for Manthey EMA drivers in Saturday's race
  • Home podium for Thomas Preining with third place on Sunday
  • Dennis Olsen fifth in second race at the Red Bull Ring
  • Manthey EMA back on top of the DTM team and driver standings

Meuspath. Manthey EMA once again took the lead in the team and driver standings after the DTM races at the Red Bull Ring. With a sixth place on Saturday and a third-place finish on the following Sunday, Thomas Preining (Austria) regained the lead in the driver championship at his home circuit. Dennis Olsen (Norway) scored important points with tenth and fifth place in the two races and is currently eighth in the overall standings.

The first qualifying session on the 4.318-kilometre Alpine circuit started on a wet track for the DTM contenders. After having initially switched from rain tyres to slicks, Olsen and Preining re-entered the pits to change tyres again as the track did not dry out as expected. This decision paid off: Austrian Thomas Preining put the starting number 91 in fourth place on the grid with a time of 1:36.954 minutes, whilst Dennis Olsen followed closely behind his teammate in fifth with 1:36.978 minutes. With light rain setting in during the starting grid, tyre strategy also proved to be crucial in the race at the Red Bull Ring. Both drivers lost positions before their mandatory pit stops and switched from rain tyres to slicks just before the end of the 20-minute pit window. Preining in particular benefited from the successful pit stops of both cars, moving back up to fourth place. In the final phase of the race, however, he had to give back positions after two overtaking manoeuvres. As he lost two positions in the initial exchange of places, the Austrian finished the race in sixth place. Olsen took the chequered flag for Saturday's race in tenth place, scoring important championship points for Manthey EMA yet again. After 13 of 16 rounds, the team has retaken the lead of the DTM team standings.

The second day of racing at Spielberg began with qualifying in cold but dry track conditions. Thomas Preining again started the race in fourth place with a lap time of 1:27.882 minutes, Dennis Olsen followed six places behind in tenth place with a 1:27.989-minute lap. Preining and Olsen worked their way up to third and seventh place in the opening laps of the race. Due to the onset of drizzle, the race was declared a rain race shortly before the opening of the pit stop window, but both 'Grello' Porsches remained on slicks after their visit to the pits. A good pit stop strategy and execution by the Manthey EMA crew allowed Austrian Preining to hold on to third place, while his teammate Olsen made up two places. The drivers took the chequered flag in Spielberg in third and fifth place after 41 laps. In addition to the home podium, Thomas Preining also regained the lead of the driver championship.

After the weekend at the Red Bull Ring, Manthey EMA is back at the top of the team and driver standings. The team heads into the season finale at Hockenheim with a 27-point lead (283 points), while Thomas Preining has made up ten points (190 points) on runner-up Mirko Bortolotti. Dennis Olsen is eighth in the drivers' standings with 104 points.

The eighth and final round of the DTM 2023 will be held at Hockenheim from 20 to 22 October.

Quotes on the DTM at the Red Bull Ring:

Nicolas Raeder, Managing Director Manthey Racing GmbH:
“It was a tough but good weekend at the Red Bull Ring. In Saturday's race, Thomas had to give his position back after two overtaking manoeuvres, so we ended up a few places further back than we could have been. On Sunday, we did everything right again. After a strategically challenging qualifying, we had a good starting position. We had two quick pit stops, but we just couldn't keep up with the two BMWs at the front. But with third and fifth places we made a big step forward in the team, driver and manufacturer standings. I'm very happy and proud because the whole team and our drivers showed a solid performance here.”

Dennis Olsen, Porsche 911 GT3 R #90:
“Overall, a better weekend for me. After the problems we had at the Sachsenring, I'm really happy to be fighting at the front again. It was very close in both qualifying sessions and we were strong in both races. On Saturday I was fifth, but the race didn't go as we had hoped and we finished tenth. On Sunday we started from tenth, just a few tenths behind the pole setter. But we had a great race and finished fifth, which was a good result and valuable points for the team. Now I'm looking forward to Hockenheim and a good finish to the season.”

Thomas Preining, Porsche 911 GT3 R #91:
“I am very happy! No matter how it would have gone on the track, I would have been very happy to be here at all in my position, I have so many Austrian fans here. I am very proud of that. But it didn't go badly for me on the track either. We were able to crown the weekend with a podium finish on Sunday after a really exhausting race that took everything out of me. I'm glad we got through the contact in the first corner without any damage. All in all, a very positive weekend. Now I'm looking forward to Hockenheim. Of course we are in a very good position at the moment, but the aim for the season finale is to give 110 per cent and then we'll see where we are at the end.”

Team standings after 14 of 16 rounds:

1. Manthey EMA (Porsche), 283 points
2. ABT Sportsline (Audi), 256 points
3. SSR Performance (Lamborghini), 255 points
4. Schubert Motorsport (BMW), 253 points
5. Mercedes-AMG Team HRT (Mercedes), 138 points
6. KÜS Team Bernhard (Porsche), 136 points
7. EMIL FREY RACING (Ferrari), 119 points
8. Mercedes-AMG Team Landgraf (Mercedes), 119 points
9. Mercedes-AMG WINWARD RACING (Mercedes), 116 points
10. Toksport WRT (Porsche), 91 points
11. Project 1 (BMW), 83 points
12. GRT Grasser-Racing-Team (Lamborghini), 58 points
13. Tresor Attempto Racing (Audi), 35 points
14. LIQUI MOLY Team Engstler (Audi),18 points

Drivers' standings after 14 of 16 rounds:

1. Thomas Preining (A/Manthey EMA/Porsche), 190 points
2. Mirko Bortolotti (I/SSR Performance/Lamborghini), 180 points
3. Ricardo Feller (S/Team Abt Sportsline/Audi), 159 Points
4. Sheldon van der Linde (Z/Schubert Motorsport/BMW), 138 points
5. René Rast (D/Schubert Motorsport/BMW), 124 points
6. Luca Stolz (D/ Mercedes-AMG Team HRT/Mercedes), 115 points
7. Kelvin Van Der Linde (Z/Team Abt Sportsline/Audi), 109 points
8. Dennis Olsen (N/Manthey EMA/Porsche), 104 points

DTM Race Calendar 2023:

26.05. – 28.05.2023 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
23.06. – 25.06.2023 Circuit Zandvoort / NL
07.07. – 09.07.2023 Norisring
04.08. – 06.08.2023 Nürburgring
18.08. – 20.08.2023 DEKRA Lausitzring
08.09. – 10.09.2023 Sachsenring
22.09. – 24.09.2023 Red Bull Ring / A
20.10. – 22.10.2023 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg