DTM - MONZA - HIGHLIGHTS & FACTS
Esmee Hawkey made her much-anticipated debut in the DTM series at Monza
Despite limited mileage in the car heading into the weekend, Esmee qualified her ROKiT-liveried T3 Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 an excellent 12th on the grid
The 23-year-old held her own in the opening exchanges, running on the fringes of the top-ten
A close battle with Albon and Wittmann formed for 11th before she made her mandatory pitstop early in the race
Rejoining 17th, Esmee pushed on and managed her tyres in the second stint to climb to P15 at the chequered flag
She will return to the track tomorrow for the second race of the weekend
ESMEE’S RACE REVIEW
“I’m so happy with how today has gone. Having had such little time in the car beforehand, there was so much to learn and get on top of and I didn’t really have any idea where we would stack up compared to everyone else.
“To qualify P12 ahead of people like Alex [Albon] and Timo [Glock] was a huge confidence boost and gave me a real buzz for the race. It was an exciting first few laps and my aim was to simply keep it on the track and avoid any possible dramas. I enjoyed my battle with Alex, I did my best to keep him behind for as long as I could but he just had that extra bit of pace. We pitted early in the race and I just kept chipping away in my second stint, managing the tyres. I’ve learnt so much and I can’t wait to get back in the car tomorrow. I’d also like to say a huge thanks to the team for all of their hard work, we’ve got a great base to build on from here.”
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