PREVIEW | 16 May, 2022 |

The Lausitzring hosts the second event of the 2022 DTM season this weekend. Mercedes-AMG Team HRT once again lines up with two cars as it goes in pursuit of more championship points on the 4.563-kilometre layout.

Luca Stolz will again be at the wheel of the #4 Mercedes-AMG GT3, which sports the blue and yellow design of team partner Bilstein. The 26-year-old is looking to back up his good start to the season at Lausitzring, and will be out to add another podium to the one he claimed three weeks ago in Portimão. His team-mate Arjun Maini (IND) in the #36 PAUL Mercedes-AMG GT3 enjoyed a strong Sunday race last time out in the Algarve and has his sights set on his first points of the season. 

The Lausitzring, which is located between Berlin and Dresden, was opened in 2000 and is renowned for its banked corners. In 2021, the DTM races were held for the first time on the combination of the Grand Prix Circuit and the steep, banked corner of the tri-oval, which features a gradient of 8.7 degrees and gives the circuit an American motorsport feel. Last year, Maximilian Götz claimed the first win of the season for himself and Mercedes-AMG Team HRT. In doing so, he laid the foundation for his title in the Drivers’ Championship in the first year in the DTM for the team from Meuspath. 

Luca Stolz, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #4:
“The first race of the season could hardly have gone better for me, with second place. I must now back up that performance. The competition is strong in the DTM. In the end, it is the driver who is most consistent every race weekend, drives the most consistently and makes the fewest mistakes who will come out on top. I am fully focussed on the two races at the Lausitzring and am confident I can finish on the podium again.”

Arjun Maini, Mercedes-AMG Team HRT #36:
“I am looking forward to racing at the Lausitzring again, especially because of the banked turn one corner. It makes the circuit very exciting and different and is a really distinctive feature for a European circuit. I was really quick here last year, but did not get the results I wanted. So I want to make sure to get some decent results this year. We have been working hard since Portimão and I am confident that the team will provide me with a good car to fight for positions. Let’s see how it goes.”

Ulrich Fritz, Managing Director of Haupt Racing Team:
“The whole team is very motivated ahead of the second DTM weekend in Lusatia. The racetrack, with the unique ‘Turn 1’, is a special challenge and one we have fond memories of after our maiden DTM victory there last year. We want to repeat that success and so have prepared well for the coming race weekend.” 

About HRT
HRT stands for HAUPT RACING TEAM. Formed in July 2020 by racing driver and entrepreneur Hubert Haupt, the team enjoys success in GT3 racing. Among other things, HRT secured the 2021 DTM drivers' championship in just its second motorsport season. HRT lines up with extended works support from Mercedes-AMG in many of the team's outings. The outings and cars are prepared in Meuspath, not far from the Nürburgring. HRT is also involved in professional sim racing and is a sought-after partner for motorsport events of all sorts. HRT can call on a host of experts with a wealth of motorsport and engineering experience, which the diverse motorsport company leverages when implementing technical development projects for and with its partners. The headquarters of Haupt Racing Team GmbH is Grünwald near Munich. The team owner is racing driver and businessman Hubert Haupt. As well as motorsport, Haupt is primarily known as a successful property developer. With his real estate company, he implements high-quality living and building concepts in southern Germany – from innovative buildings to complete districts.