DTM victory at Spa for Dennis Olsen, two podiums for Thomas Preining

DTM victory at Spa for Dennis Olsen, two podiums for Thomas Preining

Porsche customer teams left their mark on the DTM race weekend in Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps. In a change of scenery on the “Ardennes rollercoaster”, Norwegian Dennis Olsen drove the Porsche 911 GT3 R from SSR Performance to a good position and victory on Saturday. Works driver Thomas Preining achieved a podium finish in both races in the Team 75 Bernhard car.

Thanks to its experienced customer teams, Porsche was the most successful manufacturer of the last DTM weekend. Drivers from SSR Performance and Team 75 Bernhard collected a total of 60 points in both races – more than any other brand. With record times in practice, the Porsche 911 GT3 R demonstrated its special power on the 7.004 km roller coaster track on Friday. This situation continued in the following days.

SSR Performance driver Dennis Olsen made the most of the GT3 911’s potential on Saturday. In the morning, the Norwegian gained a position ahead of his brand-mate Thomas Preining (Team 75 Bernhard). In the early afternoon, Olsen celebrated an uncontested victory at the traditional race in Belgium. It was the Norwegian’s first victory in the DTM and at the same time the first success of the Munich SSR team Performance in the top tier of GT3 racing.
Porsche 911 GT3 R, SSR Performance (#94), Dennis Olsen (N); Team 75 Bernhard (#24), Thomas Preining (A), start

Factory driver Preining was also in the spotlight: after the start of the first race, the Austrian captured an impressive climb in the fastest Eau Rouge section and delighted the fans with his car control. The Norisring winner then repeatedly fought his way back from midfield and onto the podium. On Sunday, the 24-year-old from Linz followed with another fireworks display: from eighth place, Preining came back to third place with an impressive maneuver.

“The positive development of the Porsche customer teams in the DTM is clear,” says Sebastian Golz, Project Manager of the Porsche 911 GT3 R. “On Saturday, the excellent qualifying for first, second and fifth place was followed by the race results powerful. victory and another podium. The next day we saw how difficult the competition in the DTM is: the choice of tires decided everything in qualifying on the drying track. Because of this, the drivers from SSR Performance had no place in the race. But Thomas Preining he was able to show what is possible with the 911 GT3 R. His fight from eighth place to the podium was worth seeing.”

Porsche customer team drivers took half of all podium places at the weekend of the race at Spa-Francorchamps, with the competition bringing one driver to the podium. The sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart takes fourth place in the manufacturers’ classification. Dennis Olsen (5th) and Thomas Preining (7th) have moved up in the drivers’ championship. The 2022 DTM season continues the last weekend in September with rounds 13 and 14 at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Thomas Preining (A), Dennis Olsen (N), Lucas Auer (A) (lr)
Thomas Preining (A), Dennis Olsen (N), Lucas Auer (A) (lr)

The driver comments on the race weekend at Spa-Francorchamps

Thomas Preining (Porsche 911 GT3 R #24): “I’m very happy. The race weekend started very interestingly with my big slide in Eau Rouge. Fortunately I was able to intercept the car and still finish third. Sunday was just as good: with extreme tricks on the podium. I really enjoyed it. We want to continue these strong performances in my next home race at the Red Bull Ring.

Dennis Olsen (Porsche 911 GT3 R #94): “A good chance and a win – Saturday went perfectly. That felt really good. The road conditions for my first DTM success were quite difficult. In the last phase it rained, but not everywhere, only in the last chicane and in the corner of first. As a driver, I had to rely on my instincts and information from the team for brake marks and maximum corner speed. We all did perfectly together. Unfortunately, we made a bad tire decision in qualifying on Sunday. There was nothing to It doesn’t matter: the first victory in the DTM is what remains as an emotion for me.

Result 11

1. Dennis Olsen (N), Porsche 911 GT3 R #94, 23 laps

2. Maximilian Götz (D), Mercedes-AMG GT3 #1, +0.818 seconds

3. Thomas Preining (A), Porsche 911 GT3 R #24, +6.972 seconds

DNF. Laurens Vanthoor (B), Porsche 911 GT3 R #92

Result 12

1. Nick Cassidy (NZ), Ferrari 488 GT3 #37, 21 laps

2. Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), BMW M4 GT3 #31, GRT, +0.680 seconds

3. Thomas Preining (A), Porsche 911 GT3 R #24, +1.673 seconds

12. Laurens Vanthoor (B), Porsche 911 GT3 R #92, +8.387 seconds

19. Dennis Olsen (N), Porsche 911 GT3 R #94, +17.239 seconds

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