Category: DTM

DTM prepares for Rounds 3 & 4 at Lausitzring

  Fresh from the Season-opener at Hockenheimring, the DTM prepares for Rounds 3 & 4 at the Lausitzring, this weekend. In the first two rounds, Lucas Auer won the opening race and Jamie Green took the win in the main race.

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2017 DTM Hockenheim: Green takes win in Main race, Auer picks up Opening race win

  Last weekend’s DTM Season-opener at the Hockenheimring saw Mercedes-AMG DTM driver Lucas Auer grab a start-to-finish opening race win. Behind Auer were the BMW of Timo Glock and Audis Mike Rockenfeller. Rockenfeller was the driver of the day, having started from 16th place on the grid. The main race was won by Jamie Green from the Audi DTM outfit.

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2017 Hankook Ventus Race tyres put to the Real test at DTM Season-opener

  DTM’s official tyre supplier Hankook and the DTM squads are preparing to embark on a new season this weekend at the Hockenheimring. Hankook has been the official tyre partners of the DTM for the seventh year, counting this season. German Touring Car fans await the opening round of the DTM with great anticipation, as there have been a few changes ahead of the season-opener at Hockenheim.

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Audi RS 5 DTM all primed and ready for season-opener at Hockenheim

  The updated Audi RS 5 DTM is getting prepped to face the DTM season-opener at the Hockenheimring on 6 May. The team and its drivers are all eager to get back into action after a long break of more than 200 days.

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Pitstops are crucial at every DTM race

  Every DTM driver knows the true benefits of an effective pitstop. It could win or lose a race in a blink of an eye.  Stops are so crucial that Mercedes-AMG DTM’s Race Engineer Marius Meier-Diedrich gave an insight into the world of DTM pitstops.

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Mercedes DTM drivers complete final pre-season test at Hockenheim

  The Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM Team have successfully completed their preparations for the new season during four days of testing at Hockenheim (3 – 6 April). On three of the four test days, it was a Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM driver who set the best time, Gary Paffett (Monday and Tuesday) and Robert Wickens (Wednesday).

In the course of the test week, the six Mercedes-AMG Motorsport DTM drivers put in 1,580 laps (equivalent to 7,227 km) at Hockenheimring, more than either of the other two manufacturers.

Paul Di Resta set the second-fastest lap of the test week on the final day of the tests, with a time of 1:30.230. The new generation of DTM cars was therefore more than two seconds faster than its predecessors as recorded on the final weekend of the 2016 season at the same venue. By way of comparison, the pole time for Race 1 on the second of the two visits to Hockenheim in 2016 was 1:32.344.

After the first two test days, Paffett’s team mate Wickens took over the car for the rest of the week. “The most important thing is that we were able to complete our entire program,” confirmed Wickens, who drove more than 830 km on the last day alone. “It was solely about preparing the car for the races. Now we’re really looking forward to finally getting started.”

DTM returnee Maro Engel had the opportunity to try out the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM in Hockenheim for the first time. “It was fantastic to drive our new DTM car for the first time. The team worked superbly well and made the job easier for me. It was great fun. I was able to learn a lot about the car and the tyres. The next time I get into the car, it will be to race.”

Engel shared the car during this test week with his team-mate Di Resta, who also professed himself satisfied with the program. “We did our job, working on the balance and other things,” said the 2010 DTM champion. “We have ticked off as much as possible from our list and tried to optimize everything. Because what comes next is race time. My overall impression is positive.”

At the moment, new arrival Edoardo Mortara just can’t get enough of his ‘Pink Panther’. “It’s a pity that these were my last two test days before the start of the season. We have collected a lot of data this week that will help us make our car even faster, more reliable and more driveable.”

In the meanime, team-mate Lucas Auer was reacting with astonishment to the fast lap times of the new generation of DTM cars:

Over the course of the three winter tests at Portimao, Vallelunga and Hockenheim, the Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers completed a total distance of 11,445 km.

On the weekend of 5 – 7 May, the DTM will return to Hockenheim for the season opener. With the winter tests now at an end, the team will continue its preparations for the forthcoming campaign at the factory in Affalterbach. The team still has a lot of work to do between now and the first race weekend, which is also a home fixture for Mercedes-AMG.

2017 BMW M4 DTM is more powerful and efficient than ever

  A month ahead of the first DTM race of the year in Hockenheim, BMW Motorsport is very well prepared for the new season. While the drivers and teams can call on a wealth of experience as they go into the sixth season since BMW’s return to the fiercely-competitive touring car series, the car is a newcomer: BMW Motorsport lines up this year with the BMW M4 DTM, which has been developed according to the new technical regulations.

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Mercedes-AMG DTM confirm 2017 teams and drivers line-up

  Final preparations for the 2017 DTM season will be well under way in the next few weeks. The last test runs of the pre-season are set to take place next week at the Hockenheimring following homologation of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM on 1 March.

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2017 DTM technical regulations make series more exciting and highly competitive

  In less than a month and a half the 2017 Season will kick off with the season opener at the Hockenheimring, from 5 – 7 May.  Organizers have announced new technical regulations for the DTM machines to make the series even more exciting and challenging for the competitors.

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2017 Audi RS 5 DTM debuts on track

  Only a week following its world premiere in Geneva, the new Audi RS 5 DTM did its first public test laps on the Italian race track at Vallelunga.

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