Dtm Imola, race-1: Rast wins on Audi, third in comeback for Bortolotti's Lamborghini

At the Autodromo Enzo e Dino di Imola in race-1 two Audi R8s of the GT3 class on the top steps of the podium, third Bortolotti who started from 16th position on the grid. The second heat is on Sunday 19th June

Giulio Masperi

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Mercury column at 35 ° Celsius, hot cockpits and lots of spectacle during race-1 of the DTM at the Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola, Saturday 18 June. After an hour of intense challenge, with a mandatory pit stop for each driver, the Audi R8 of René Rast who started from the first place on the grid, in front of another car of the Four Rings, that of Nico Müller, wins. at the start. Third after a comeback of 13 positions is the Lamborghini Huracán of Mirko Bortolotti, second in the drivers’ standings in the German series. On the Santerno track the end finish ends on Sunday 19 June with race-2, starting at 13.33, live on Sky channel 229.


With 28 GT3 class cars on the starting grid, the first sprint race in Imola developed without any particular contacts or accidents, with a challenge on the edge of tenths of a second in particular for the top positions. On the podium is Audi double, with Rast in the car number 33 (Team Abt) and Müller (teammate of Valentino Rossi in the GT World Challenge Europe, endurance races) second at 3 ” 8 on the Rosberg team car, who maintain the start positions. Third Bortolotti on the Lamborghini of Grt, second in the drivers’ standings, who conquers important points considering the eighth final place of the leader Sheldon Van Der Linde (Bmw M4, Schubert) at the end of the race. Bortolotti, Lamborghini Squadra Corse official driver, had closed qualifying with 6th place, but had suffered a penalty (10 squares) for an error in communicating the set of tires foreseen for the race. Nonetheless, the 1990-born driver managed to recover 13 positions, and maintained the first position for a long time, even “risking” with a strategy of the race opposite to the main contenders, based on the postponement of the pit stop (which took place 16 minutes from the end) to take full advantage of the set of fresh tires in the finish. Back in 8th place, Bortolotti recovered other positions in the last 15 minutes (the overtaking of the Porsche 911 number 24, two laps from the checkered flag, earned him the lowest step of the podium).

DTM IMOLA: the results

In the end, three Audis, two Lamborghinis, two Porsches, two BMWs and a Mercedes-Amg are placed in the top 10 in race-1. The first Ferrari 488 (AF Corse) is Cassidy’s number 14, 14th at 35”45. The return of Timo Glock to the Dtm was unfortunate: the German on the BMW M4 of the Italian team Ceccato Racing, hit by a collision during the first lap, was already retiring during the first lap. In the end, 22 cars passed the finish line. Among the Italians, Alessio Deledda is 22nd on the Lamborghini number 6 (Grt) at 1’12”094.


  1. R. Rast (Ger), Audi (Abt) number 33, 57’01”108
  2. N. Muller (Svi), Audi (Rosberg) number 51, + 3 ” 809
  3. M. Bortolotti, Lamborghini (Grt) number 63, + 7 ” 936
  4. T. Preining (Aut), Porsche (Kus) number 24, + 9”323
  5. K. Van Der Linde (South), Audi (Abt) number 3, + 10”605

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