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GRT scores valuable points in the DTM at the Lausitzring

After their sensational victory at the season opener in Oschersleben, the next round of the DTM 2024 was on the agenda for GRT on the weekend from 24th to 26th May. For the second of eight stops on this year's calendar, the Lamborghini Squadra Corse supported team from Austria travelled to the DEKRA Lausitzring. The two races on the 3.478-kilometre circuit presented Lamborghini Factory Driver Christian Engelhart and Lamborghini Young Driver Luca Engstler with major challenges. The duo kept a cool head in the most difficult weather conditions and tough racing situations. In the 20-strong DTM field, the GRT drivers secured points-scoring results in both races with their Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2s.

Saturday's race was determined by changeable weather conditions. The race had to be red-flagged twice due to heavy rainfall. In the turbulent opening stages, Engstler initially dropped back to penultimate position. With the right strategy, he fought his way back into the Top 10 in his Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 supported by LIQUI MOLY and MOUNTAIN WOLF. In the colours of Lamborghini Team TGI by GRT, Engelhart also showed a clever race and was on course for a strong top-five result for a while. In the closing stages, the track dried out and the performance of the rain tyre deteriorated significantly. Despite the pace disadvantage, he salvaged a respectable ninth place at the finish. Engstler struggled with the same difficulties and defended his position in the points in 14th place.

On Sunday, the 24-year-old Lamborghini Young Driver laid the foundations for another strong result with sixth place on the grid for the second race. In the first stint, Engstler masterfully maintained his position in the pack behind the leaders until his pit stop on lap 17. After a safety car restart on lap 32, he held off the competition with determined moves and celebrated an unchallenged fifth place at the finish. Engelhart was set back in the first stint and opted for a late pit stop. The 37-year-old made up ground towards the point-scoring places with the overcut. After 42 laps, he was classified 15th, but subsequently lost the hard-fought championship point due to a time penalty.

In the championship standings, GRT occupies fifth place in the team classification with 59 points. Lausitzring winner Engstler is in sixth place in the drivers' standings with four points results from four races. The next DTM race weekend for Grasser Racing is scheduled for 7 to 9 June at the Circuit Zandvoort. At the Formula 1 circuit in the Netherlands, the Lamborghini team from Austria will once again be on double duty in the DTM and the ADAC GT Masters with two Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2s in each series.

Luca Engstler (GER)
#19 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2
Qualifying 1: P15 - Race 1: P14
Qualifying 2: P6 - Race 2: P5

Luca Engstler:
"It was another rollercoaster ride for us. On Saturday, I thought it was going to be a really tough weekend because we really struggled here. The team worked hard until the late hours to turn things around. They showed so much commitment and I wanted to repay them in the second qualifying session. Our performance on Sunday proved that we carry each other and don't let each other down. We motivated each other and everyone got the maximum out of it. To take fifth place in the end is a great feeling. I'm just happy and proud to be here with this team, which never gives up and always keeps fighting."

Christian Engelhart (GER)
#63 Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2
Qualifying 1: P11 - Race 1: P9
Qualifying 2: P12 - Race 2: P16

Christian Engelhart:
"It was a crazy weekend. We had good pace, but unfortunately luck was not on our side. There was much more possible for us in the first race. We made the right decision with the timing of the pit stop and were going very well, but then things unfortunately went against us in the final stages. We still scored good points with ninth place. The first few laps on Sunday were wild. Several competitors made contact with my car and I was glad that we stayed in the race. After that it was a difficult day, but we are looking ahead. The potential is there and we have another chance in Zandvoort."

Gottfried Grasser, Team Principal of GRT: "All in all, we are happy with the weekend. The competition is so close in the DTM and to be successful here, everything has to be on point. In the first qualifying session, we had 19 cars within six tenths of a second. That shows how quickly things can move forwards or backwards here. As a team, we have to take responsibility for the result on Saturday. We made a mistake with the tyre pressures in the race. When it was wet, the pace was really strong, but on the drying track the pressures were too high and that cost us. On Sunday, we did everything right with fifth place. Luca was again incredibly strong and held his own against the top riders in the field in an impressive manner. It was a well-deserved result. Christian unfortunately had a lot of bad luck again, but the pace was always there for him too. We are super happy with the performance of our two drivers and the entire team. Everyone is doing a fantastic job and I'm really proud of each and every one of them. We can hardly wait to test in Zandvoort next week and attack again on the next race weekend."