The final weekend of the 2019 DTM season is here and with the addition of invited cars from Japan’s Super GT series on track as well, this could well be the race of the year.
With the championship wrapped up for Audi driver Rene Rast, there’s no holding back for anybody this weekend.
So far the Super GT cars have not quite been on the pace, with drivers coming to terms with the control Hankook tyres demanded in the DTM.
“DTM drivers know the Hankook tyre well, they can do more on set-up. We don’t do a lot of work in terms of set-up, we just change tyres, so we can learn a lot there.” said Ryo Hirakawa.
Former World Champion Jenson Button has so far been the fastest of the visitors in his Honda NSX.
In a wet opening free practice session on Friday. Button ended the opening 45 mins fastest of the three SUPER GT outfits – he finished 16th, with a time of 1m50.489s.
Matsuda was 19th, with a 1m53.871s; Cassidy failed to set a representative lap-time after running off the road at the Sachs Kurve early in the session, he set a 2m14.501s to finish 20th.