The AF Corse group that runs the Purple Bull operation launched a brand new pitstop process within the season opener at Monza, enjoying an important position in Liam Lawson’s victory from seventh on the grid in Race 1.
All Mercedes groups have been capable of copy AF Corse’s approach from the subsequent spherical on the Lausitzring, however outfits affiliated to Audi, BMW and Lamborghini are caught with their standard pitstop procedures as their homologated vehicles don’t include a locking ring on the wheel.
A number of drivers have known as for equalisation of pitstops within the DTM and collection’ promoter ITR needed to full a proper investigation following a request from Audi squad Abt Sportsline.
Ranging from the second race on the Lausitzring, the DTM analysed pitstops of every group on the grid, bearing in mind parameters corresponding to efficiency of the pit crew, pitstop process, kind and variety of errors, and the response time of the lollipop man.
It was ultimately determined that no change was obligatory for this yr, with the DTM concluding that every automobile comes with its personal set of strengths and weaknesses.
Minimal pitstop instances, that are in place within the rival GT Masters collection in Germany, have been dominated out because the DTM needs to set its other than different championships utilizing GT3 vehicles by the use of improved efficiency.
It was additionally argued that the groups are free to determine which automobile to make use of to race within the DTM, however the championship is keen to enter discussions to provide you with an answer that’s appropriate for all subsequent yr.
“We actually did not make the choice simple for ourselves and analysed numerous parameters over the previous few weeks,” mentioned ITR technical director Michael Resl.
“The choice is justified by the truth that the necessities for a ‘efficiency pitstop’ [with no minimum time] proceed to use, and that totally different automobile ideas are characterised by totally different strengths and weaknesses.
Timo Glock, ROWE Racing, BMW M6 GT3
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“We’re satisfied that the championship is determined on the observe. For 2022, nonetheless, we’re already engaged on creating an much more balanced pitstop state of affairs earlier than the season begins and to have the ability to undertake it immediately along with the groups and producers.”
It’s understood that banning the pitstop process employed by Ferrari and Mercedes in the midst of the season might have positioned them at an obstacle, as they’ve been training this trick for a number of months.
Utilizing this system, the mechanic working the wheel gun first loosens the entrance wheel, however, as a substitute of ready for the contemporary tyre to be fitted by one other mechanic, runs straight to the opposite aspect of the automobile, finishing your entire process on the rears. He then swiftly returns to his unique place, tightening the wheel on the entrance.
DTM needed to regulate pitlane pace restrict
The DTM had steered introducing totally different pace limits within the pitlane to negate any potential benefit loved by groups operating the Ferrari 488 GT3 or the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
It was deliberate that groups operating vehicles from Ferrari and Mercedes will likely be allowed to drive via the pitlane at 57 km/h, 3km/h than different different groups on the grid
Nevertheless, this concept was shot down by the German Motor Sport Federation on security grounds.
“The DMSB sees this as a security downside, as sooner autos might run into autos within the pit lane whose pace limiter is ready to a decrease pace,” argued a DMSB spokesman.