“Total chaos”: Storytelling is true for Preining / DTM

“Total chaos”: Storytelling is true for Preining / DTM


Thomas Preining wrote the history of the DTM. A special lucky character was father Andreas, who was on one of his son’s races for the first time in years.

Thomas Preining stood on the stage, looked around and somehow could not believe it. The Austrian kept shaking his head and smiling.

You can see how the rookie was forced to dig up seven DTM races this season. Because the 23-year-old made history with Team Bernhard: Preining won the most crazy crash concert in Norisring and gave Porsche his first victory in the traditional race series.

Team boss Timo Bernhard was also on stage, cheering for Preining and letting his happiness run, as it was the team’s first win of the season. “I was worried all the time, we made history. I have to thank a lot of people who made this happen. This is an important step for us,” said Bernhard.

“That was world class, the car was very powerful,” said Preining happily. “We were strong on the brakes, that gave us victory. That was an excitement, luckily the race ended at some point. It has been a long, difficult road and now we are here. “

And it was a good time for the first show: “My dad never went to my race for a few years, today he was there and it worked.”

Thomas Preining, son of longtime cycling pilot Andreas Preining, was also able to celebrate with his mother and girlfriend – after being hugged by team boss Timo Bernhard, his mechanics and Porsche representatives as well as the sporting director Thomas Laudenbach.

This also seems to be the end of the previous summer for Preining and Porsche teammates Dennis Olsen and Laurens Vanthoor as new DTM players. “We had a bad start to the first year of DTM. But we showed enthusiasm and fought back. You could already see at Imola that we were making progress,” said a Porsche driver from Linz.

In the first six races he had to agree to retire four times, finishing 13th in Portimao in the first race and almost entering the podium in the fourth race at Imola (after qualifying for third place) before working at Norisring.

“I was able to make two chances in the rest of the match against Kelvin van der Linde and René Rast and take over the leadership, after which each restart was successful and I was able to gradually increase my leadership,” Preining returned with satisfaction, adding once: “I am very proud of my team, but also of my success, Porsche’s first victory in DTM. I will remember this day for a long time.”

Also because the race was “complete chaos” and many conflicts. However, for the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup winner, it remains a “fulfilled story”. And Preining was one of the very few who survived unscathed.

Since his ten wins in the 14 Carrera Cup races in 2018 and third place in the Supercup (three wins in the top ten, each for the Lechner Tournament), Preining has been part of the Stuttgart drivers squad in the same year. In the ongoing negotiations on a new contract, Saturday in Norisring must have brought him a huge bonus.