Debut DTM win ‘won’t sink in for a while’

 Debut DTM win ‘won’t sink in for a while’

Competing in his first-ever race with GT3 cars, Hitech Formula 2 driver Lawson made a brilliant start at the Italian Grand Prix venue to pass the T3 Lamborghini of Esteban Muth into Turn 1 and then challenged Lucas Auer’s Mercedes on the run to the first Lesmo, only to be pushed wide by the Winward Mercedes driver. 

After moving up to fifth following a retirement for Auer’s teammate Philip Ellis, the Kiwi stayed in the lead group and was running only three seconds behind race leader Vincent Abril of HRT Mercedes when he dived into the pits at the end of lap 9.

The early stop allowed him to leapfrog both Auer and Dani Juncadella’s GruppeM Mercedes, with Abril emerging just ahead of him after completing his own pitstop two laps later.

With his tyres already up to temperature, Lawson breezed past Abril into the first chicane and then cruised to a comfortable 1.6s victory in the AF Corse-run Ferrari 488 GT3 – despite facing a tyre…

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