CV Performance Group leads DTM Trophy
Pole-position and two places on the podium at debut
The CV Performance Group celebrated its debut at sportscar racing with a bang. At the first ever race within the framework of the DTM Trophy in Italian Monza, the team from Niederzissen achieved a pole position and two places on the podium with William Tregurtha – the Brit is now leading the overall list of rankings.
„The result exceeds all our expectations”, rejoices team leader Christian Voß on Sunday evening and continues, „our team comes from kart racing and we are competing in a sportscar racing series for the first time this year with two Mercedes AMG GT4. The fact that we’re leading the DTM Trophy after the kick-off is a huge success.”
The Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Team travelled to Monza with experienced Brit William Tregurtha and rookie Matias Salonen from Finland and belonged to the favorites from the very first minute. Tregurtha used his sportscar experience and finished the races on Saturday and Sunday after tough fights on the second place of the podium respectively. A pole position at the Sunday race brought him important Championship points as well. On the overall list of rankings, he is now leading the Championship after the season kick-off
„To be leading the championship after the first weekend is perfect, it's given me huge confidence and I'm really excited for the next race in Lausitzring. We've had a pole position and two podiums. The car is fast, the team works well and I'm feeling confident. We have a winning combination - so let's push! Huge thanks to Christian Voß and the rest of the team”, Tregurtha summed up his experience.
Matias Salonen broke completely new ground. The Finn is the first driver of the junior team of the CV Performance Group who rose from kart racing to sportscars. The race in Monza was his premiere in the GT4-sportscar and he already drove among the front field during the race on Saturday on eleventh place. He achieved a strong improvement on Sunday. With a perfect start and strong duels, he drove forward to fifth place and thereby already gained his first Championship points.
„I´m really happy for today, I had a massive improvement from yesterday at time in qualifying and massively improvement of starts and safety car re-starts. I got so much more brave and had more and more trust for the car and track lap after lap. Really happy for the weekend and happy for the teamwork. This was my first race weekend ever with a racing car and I can’t be happier”, said Salonen after the weekend happily.
In five weeks, the DTM Trophy is going to continue. Then, the high-class racing series is going to take place on the Lausitzring in Brandenburg.