I was lucky again because I found an exciting online session where I could compete with an older Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 DTM. It is a younger car then the BMW M1 Procar about which I wrote last post. The Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 DTM is from 1991, so it’s ten years younger than the BMW M1 Procar. The Mercedes-Benz had ABS, but it was either not very efficient or was set off in the race setup. There is no other reason how to explain several times locked wheels when braking before turn. Of course, I locked wheels several times, which cost me valuable seconds.
There are no other assistance systems in the Mercedes-Benz. The car was much higher than the BMW M1 Procar and overall it was a bit more oversteering in turns. Sometimes I had my hands full to keep myself on the track (just like others), but the fun was excelent.
Donington Park National
I raced with the Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 DTM at the Donington Park National circuit. I knew the circuit quite well from the previous races, so I didn’t have to learn it and it was enough to get used on the car. As usual, I was not very successful in qualifying, so I started from the ninth place. Although I fell one position down after the start, right after first two turns I got to the fifth position. No, I was not so much quicker, but I was pretty far behind to avoid two crashes.
I held the fifth position until the fourth round, in which I made my own mistake ending in slide and I dropped to the eighth position. Finally, I managed to reach the finish line as the sixth. It could have been a better placement, but I over braked several times before the last turn and I lost a lot of valuable seconds.
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 DTM at Donington Park National circuit:
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution 2 DTM at Donington Park National circuit – Trackside view: