Defending Champions BMW got into the thick of the action with six of its eight drivers. Bruno Spengler, António Félix da Costa, Timo Glock, Tom Blomqvist, Maxime Martin and Martin Tomczyk took turns to pound two BMW M4 DTMs at Algarve. Blomqvist made his first appearance as a BMW works driver. The two BMW M4 DTMs completed a total of more than 3,000 kilometers. The team worked on the set-up of the BMW M4 DTM and tried to compile general improvements.
In the Audi camp, the four-ring marque covered 3,600 km with drivers Mattias Ekström, Nico Müller and Mike Rockenfeller. For Audi, the optimization of the RS 5 DTM and setup work were the focus of the three days of testing. The lion’s share of the testing work in Portugal was handled by Ekström and Rockenfeller; two former DTM champions.
Preparations for the new DTM season continue apace for Mercedes-AMG DTM. The Mercedes-AMG DTM team and new race team, ART Grand Prix, took to the track at Algarve with the new C 63 AMG. ART GP, managed by team principal Frédéric Vasseur, joins the DTM this year to become the third team to compete under the banner of the brand with the three-pointed star.
For the 3-day test, team leader Gary Paffett handed over his Euronics Mercedes AMG C 63 DTM to the two rookies, Lucas Auer and Maximilian Götz. Auer and Götz got the opportunity to put the C 63 DTM through its first paces.
One down, two more to go for the DTM Teams
The teams return to testing at the Estoril track from 25 – 27 March, followed by the final test at Oschersleben, from 14 – 16 April. The DTM season starts proper from 1 – 3 May at the traditional season opening venue in Hockenheim.