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?