Porsche's disadvantage has "grown" in the DTM, concedes Preining
The Porsche 911 GT3 R started the year strong, dominating the competition in the DTM series. However, their performance took a hit at the fifth round of the season, with no cars finishing in the top 10 in the opening race. Porsche’s pace difference compared to rivals became more evident at the Lausitzring due to the track’s nature, and they struggled to overtake. The disadvantage has been growing throughout the season, and it was particularly noticeable at this race. Porsche had their air restrictor reduced, affecting their top speed compared to BMW and Ferrari cars. Porsche drivers struggled to accelerate out of slow corners at the Lausitzring, which allowed their rivals to pull away. Porsche driver Thomas Preining remains pessimistic about their performance in the remaining races but hopes for a better qualifying position to turn things around.