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DTM Trophy 2021: PROsport Racing with a newly formed trio around defending champion Heinemann: Ortmann and Schmidt make their debut at the Lausitzring

With a newly formed driver trio, PROsport Racing will be at the starting line on the second racing weekend of the DTM Trophy from July 23rd to 25th at the Lausitzring. In addition to defending champion Tim Heinemann, Mike David Ortmann will for the first time drive the second Aston Martin Vantage GT of the team from Wiesemscheid at the Nürburgring in the DTM support series, and Maximilian Schmidt will also take over the Porsche Cayman PRO4. At the season opener in Monza, Italy, Tim Heinemann started from second spot of the grid into the Sunday race and crossed the finish line first in the white and orange Aston Martin. Due to a time penalty, the native of Essen was third on the podium. Both races on Saturday and Sunday – each starting at 3:10 pm – will be broadcast live on SPORT1 and via the grid.dtm.com streaming platform.

 #1 Tim Heinemann (DEU)
“I am happy that it is finally going on. The break after Monza was quite long. The fact that we are going to turn 1 at the Lausitzring, the banked curve at the end of the start-finish straight, will be a new and exciting experience for me. I’ve never driven a racetrack with a banked corner … except for the carousel on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.”

“We used the time to prepare very well for the Lausitzring. The team worked hard, above all we fine-tuned the set-up of the Aston Martin together. We showed the potential at Monza already. I feel absolutely at home in the Vantage.”

“With Mike David Ortmann I am getting a quick team-mate who already knows the car. I am sure that we will work well together. And of course we will give our rookie the best possible support.”

#19 Mike David Ortmann (DEU)
“I’ve already done a few races together with PROsport, got the Nordschleife permit with the team in 2018 and drove the Aston Martin already in 2019. I feel good in Christoph Esser’s team. And when I did a few laps in the Vantage at the Nürburgring three weeks ago, I felt very comfortable in the car again. At that point in time, starting with the Aston Martin in the DTM Trophy was not an issue at all.”

“Tim Heinemann already showed in Monza that you can drive with the car at the front. And I’m also looking forward to Tim as a strong team-mate. PROsport has gained a lot of experience with the Aston Martin and has improved the car significantly since 2019. That’s why I am I’m very confident about the rest of the season. My goal is to be among the top five for the time being but of course I want to win too.”

“The Lausitzring is my home track, it’s just under an hour and a half to get there from Berlin. The atmosphere is always special, especially since sponsor partners always come there. The route has always been a good place for me but I haven’t driven there since 2019. Anyway, I’m really excited about Turn 1.” ­
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#21 Maximilian Schmidt (DEU)
„I’m really looking forward to my debut in the DTM Trophy. I feel a certain tingling sensation and can hardly wait. It’s a bit of a coincidence that I’m now sitting in the PROsport Porsche cockpit. My father, who has been involved in motorsport for years and which is why I grew up on the racetracks, tied the strings in the background. “

“With the DTM Trophy I am breaking new ground, as is GT racing. I also have experience from the German Rally Championship and Formula BMW. With PROsport I have a strong team that can give me a lot of experience. The Cayman is a reliable, well-engineered car – both should suit me.”

“At the Lausitzring, my first aim is to drive two clean races if possible. I don’t put any pressure on myself. I want to and have to learn first. And I want to keep improving and implementing my experience. In any case, I’m really happy for the rest of the season. “

Christoph Esser, team principal PROsport Racing
“We look ahead and travel to the Lausitzring with confidence. In Monza, Tim showed what he is able to achieve with the Aston Martin. Now I am pleased that Mike David Ortmann is joining us again. We know him well and we know what he is able to do. He’s a real reinforcement. And with Maximilian Schmidt we have another young talent in the cockpit of our proven Porsche, who should develop calmly without any pressure.”

“We have used the time since the opener in Monza intensively to prepare ourselves as much as possible. Turn 1 will be a new challenge that we cannot yet assess. It will be exciting in every respect.”