Kiwi Liam Lawson bags two podiums in DTM Championship race

Liam Lawson has continued his impressive debut in the DTM Championship, bagging two more podiums in the latest two races at Lausitzring in Germany.

Lawson’s two 2nd placings in his Red Bull-backed Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo move him into 2nd place in the DTM Championship.

The two runner-up finishes put the Kiwi driver just 4 points adrift of current Championship series leader, Kelvin van der Linde in an Audi.

Liam Lawson has continued his impressive debut in the DTM Championship, bagging two more podiums in the latest two races at Lausitzring in Germany. 

The 19-year-old rookie had now scored three podiums in the opening four races of the season.

Driving the Red Bull-backed Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo he finished runner-up in both races and is now just 4-points adrift of the series lead.

Lawson followed home the Mercedes-AMG of Maximilian Gotz in Race 2, finishing in the same position he'd qualified earlier in the day.

“With the weight we had in the car I think second was the maximum for today,” said Lawson at the finish.

The top three drivers in each race carry additional weight into the following race, so Lawson's 2nd place in Race 1 meant his AF Corse team Ferrari carried an additional 18kgs.

The Red Bull Junior driver snatched P2 in a last-minute dash of the final qualifying session of the weekend and then hustled his way into the lead of the race on the opening lap with a breath-taking door-to-door battle with Race 1 winner and pole-setter Philip Ellis, who's Mercedes-AMG had an extra 25kgs of ballast on board. 

“At the start when I got the lead, I thought we could possibly win,” continued Lawson. “I knew that the start was the only opportunity to get to the lead and I knew both me and Philip had all that extra weight, so I tried. 

“Once we got it done it was all good, we had sort of control of the race but unfortunately I stalled in pit lane and that's where I lost the lead to Kelvin. From there on it was a struggle.”

Lawson's chance to get back in front came soon after when the engine of Kelvin van der Linde's Audi suddenly cut-out and the Red Bull driver was through into second place. But the young South African hounded his Kiwi rival all the way to the chequered flag.

“Lucky Kelvin had the issue and from then on for about 20 laps I was just defending for my life. Happy with the points,” said Lawson.

Lawson converted a 5th place qualifying in Race 1 into a podium with the help of a lightning-fast pit stop by his team. He was originally shuffled down on the opening laps to 9th but recovered several spots with some forceful overtaking manoeuvres.

Lawson's first podium was victory in the first race of the season when he became the youngest ever race winner in DTM history.

The DTM Championship resumes across August 6th to 8th at the Zolder circuit in Belgium, before moving on to the famous Nurburgring circuit in Germany in mid-August.

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