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.

This season’s DTM takes on revised technical regulations to promote more thrilling on-track racing.

This year once again, the focus is on the drivers of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG. And the 2018 DTM driver line-up is quite impressive. The field includes no less than seven champions, all of them eager to add another title. Gary Paffett (2005), Paul Di Resta (2010), Bruno Spengler (2012), Mike Rockenfeller (2013), Marco Wittmann (2014, 2016), Pascal Wehrlein (2015) and René Rast (2017) already claimed the champion’s crown.

In the season opener, there will be even eight champions on the grid as the most seasoned DTM driver to date, two-time champion and crowd favorite Mattias Ekström, who put an end to his touring car career in March, will be making a one-off return to bid farewell to his fans in style. And talking about winners: next to the champions, six further regulars for the 2018 season, Jamie Green, Nico Müller, Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock, Lucas Auer and Edoardo Mortara have already scored DTM race wins. They will be facing three genuine rookies, all eager to follow in the footsteps of René Rast this season, the German having claimed the championship title in his debut year: Robin Frijns (Audi), Joel Eriksson and Philipp Eng (both BMW).

A calendar with novelties: ten DTM events, night races for the first time

The race calendar for 2018 includes ten events, one more than in previous years. New on the DTM calendar are Brands Hatch (11–12 August), where the demanding Grand Prix lay-out of the British track with its long heritage will be used, and Misano in Italy. From 24–26 August, the DTM will present itself from its most beautiful angle at the Adriatic Riviera. In the seaside resort of Misano, the 13th and 14th race of the season will be the first night races in history of the DTM.

2018 DTM technical regulations

Audi RS 5 DTM, BMW M4 DTM and Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM have one thing in common: they are looking great, they have an extreme amount of power and a brute sound. Here, nothing will change for the 2018 season. Minimal adjustments of the rules, however, are making the races even more thrilling. Modifications in the aerodynamics lead to reduced downforce. As a result, the handling of the cars becomes more unstable and more demanding for the drivers at the same time. Overtaking, on the other hand, should become easier. The airflow in the front section of the car is less complex and therefore the aerodynamics are less sensitive when driving closely behind another car. The current generation in brief: spectacular race cars for true characters.

 

Not just about motorsport, every DTM weekend has fun-filled activities lined up for families. The new German TV partner SAT.1 will up the ante in 2018. Timo Scheider will be involved as an expert both next to the anchoring duo Andrea Kaiser and Matthias Killing on the starting grid and alongside commentator Edgar Mielke. To make planning easier, races start as a rule on Saturday and Sunday.

Internationally, the DTM is marketed by IMG. The American company is present in over 30 countries and has made a name in particular with marketing of the rights for the National Football League (NFL), the NASCAR series and the Olympics.