Category: DTM

DTM and Super GT ready for Season Finale at Hockenheim

The DTM season is drawing to a close with the pinnacle or grand finale at the Hockenheim track, this weekend. This season’s finale is special with the clash between DTM and Super GT cars. It’ll be a spectacle for the fans indeed!

Heading into the finale, the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles have already gone to Rene Rast and Audi. The teams title is still up for grabs, but that’ll take a back seat with the big guns from Super GT added to the fold. As we have covered previously, the three big Super GT squads Nissan, Lexus and Honda are partaking in this clash of the titans, against DTM Powerhouses Audi, BMW and Aston Martin. One of the major drivers featured is none other than former F1 and current Super GT driver Jenson Button. Button, who’s the reigning champion, is driving his trusty Honda NSX GT during the exhibition race. The finale weekend is attended by some of the well-known motorsport figureheads such as former F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, former F1 champion Nico Rosberg, two-time WRC champion Walter Röhrl and ’85 World Sportcar/’90 DTM champion Hans-Joachim Stuck.

Button partners his Honda factory team mate Naoki Yamamoto, while Nissan’s got the pairing of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda. For Lexus, the driver duo is Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa. Nissan and Lexus are represented by two drivers, one per race, while Honda is represented by just one driver.

All out battle for DTM Team title

Recent victories for Rast and Jamie Green have pushed Audi Sport Team Rosberg (394 points) narrowly ahead of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (362pts) pairing of Nico Müller and Robin Frijns. After a season-long battle between the two squads, the pair are separated by a mere 32 points, with 86 points remaining on the table to be scored in the final two races.

After the grand finale at Hockenheim, the DTM will cross over to Japan’s Fuji Speedway in November for a ‘Dream Race’ showdown with Super GT drivers at their home turf,

DTM and Super GT set to clash in Hockenheim season finale

The Super GT Powerhouses, Japanese Super Touring Cars series, is set to make a historic appearance in a special clash with DTM forerunners. The Nissan, Honda and Lexus of the Super GT series will go up against the best the DTM has to offer, the Aston Martin, Audi and BMW. As a main highlight former F1 driver Jenson Button will make his DTM debut at the season finale in Hockenheim, set for 4 – 6 October.

This event marks the first, much-anticipated summit clash between the world’s two biggest GT and Touring Car championships. The aim is to pit Asia’s hugely popular Super GT series versus DTM manufacturers in a historic, unifying event.


No fewer than five Super GT drivers are set to contest the Hockenheim race weekend. Button will drive his Honda NSX-GT at Hockenheim. The Brit joined the Super GT in 2018 with team Kunimitsu and won the title on his first year, alongside teammate Naoki Yamamoto. Super GT rivals Nissan and Lexus will field a couple of drivers each. Nissan has Ronnie Quintarelli, the series’ most successful champion with four drivers’ titles and Tsugio Matsuda, a two-time champion. The Lexis camp will be represented by Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa; the 2017 champions.

As an added bonus, there’s free entry for ticket holders  to see  exotic Japanese car culture in collaboration with Reisbrennen, a major international meeting for Japanese car owners, tuners and race fans. Over 2,000 members of the ‘Reisbrennen’ community have already confirmed their attendance at Hockenheim, where they will gain free admission to the north grandstand B to watch the race. In addition, there’s a Japanese village, food stalls and car components exhibition from the Land of the Rising Sun.

After the DTM Hockenheim finale, the scene will shift to Japan’s Fuji Speedway for the inaugural ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’, from 23 – 24 November.


2019 DTM contingent gets set for new season

As the new DTM season kicks off at its usual playground in Hockenheim, the teams (Audi, Aston Martin and BMW) are well and ready prepared for the season opener. A  recent pre-season test at the Lausitzring saw 18 drivers from the three teams clocked an incredible 3,921 laps between Monday and Thursday.

Aston Martin debuts in DTM

The Aston Martin Vantage DTM was unveiled in early March during a pre-season test. The car is a collaboration between Vynamic GmbH, a joint venture between AF Racing AG and HWA AG. The Aston Martin DTM outfit will be managed by Team R-Motorsport.

The new DTM debutant ran two Aston Martin Vantage DTMs for its four drivers, setting a ninth-fastest time of 1:36.345 with Jake Dennis behind the wheel in the final pre-season test.

Audi and BMW: a two-way fight for DTM honors

 
Audi finished the final pre-season test with the fastest overall lap-time (Robin Frijns 1:35.169). Meanwhile, BMW only got sixth-fastest in overall time (1:35.884 for Joel Eriksson). The BMW squad ran three BMW M4 DTMs with six factory drivers.

After the test, Audi looks the strongest with all eight RS 5 DTMs. The brand’s eight factory drivers Loïc Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Nico Müller, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller completed 6,642 kilometers (1,414 laps) in total from Monday to Thursday. In addition, Audi’s customer team, WRT Team Audi Sport, with its two DTM rookies, Jonathan Aberdein and Pietro Fittipaldi, drove 469 laps.

The BMW squad with their six drivers completed over 1,250 laps and 5,500 kilometers at the final pre-season test. BMW Team RBM, BMW Team RMG and the drivers used the test to prepare themselves and the 2019 BMW M4 DTM for the start of the season.

At the heart of the race car is the new BMW P48 turbo engine, which was developed from scratch in accordance with Class 1 regulations. The BMW M4 DTM has also been modified extensively in many other areas.

We are all geared up for the start of the 2019 DTM season, are you?

DTM at the Norisring: Pure racing in Short Circuit

This weekend at the Norisring, the motor-racing enthusiasts once again will be provided thrilling motor sport. DTM has been a regular visitor in the ‘Franconian Monaco’ since 1987 and the atmosphere at Germany’s only still existing street circuit, is unique.

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Di Resta and Wittman top DTM Hungaroring

The DTM Rounds 5 and 6 at the Hungaroring in Budapest saw Mercedes and BMW share the race wins. Mercedes’ Paul di Resta took the win in the opening race on Saturday, while former Champion Marco Wittman held till the end for the main race win.

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DTM Round 2 at a new Lausitzring track

Before the drivers even got a chance to take a breather, the DTM round 2 at Lausitzring already beckons, this weekend. This weekend, round two of the DTM sees the Lausitzring host races three and four of the year on the 4.570-kilometer circuit. This new layout is technically demanding, while the smooth and fine-pored asphalt offers little grip. With 14 corners and only a few straights, the race tyres must provide plenty of traction in the winding sections, as the aerodynamic downforce generated by the DTM cars was reduced by one third at the start of the season.

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New DTM Season kicks off this weekend

  After months of waiting, fans of the DTM need not wait longer as the new season is set to kick off in less than a few days. Traditionally, the season-opening races are held at the Hockenheimring Baden-Würtemberg.

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2018 DTM Teams gearing up for Season-opener

   The engines are roaring again. The unofficial DTM season kick-off saw some drivers turn laps of the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg on Monday. This sound was music in the ears of the motorsport fans who can hardly await the start of the first two races at the same venue, 4-6 May. Pascal Wehrlein was one of the first drivers to get behind the wheel at the start of the four test days.

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BMW present new liveries for 2018 M4 DTM

  With the new DTM Season starting in May, BMW Motorsport have presented new liveries for the M4 DTM Challenger. More recently, the squad presented Marco Wittmann’s BMW Driving Experience M4 DTM at the official test at Vallelunga.

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Mercedes-AMG DTM complete first pre-season test

  Mercedes-AMG DTM recently completed the first pre-season where drivers Gary Paffett and Lucas Auer took turns driving at the Vallelunga track in Italy. However, the weather turned out to be rather difficult for the team.The team had to face a wide range of weather conditions over the course of the three days with icy temperatures and snow during rollout on Thursday and the need for full wets on Saturday (final day).

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