- Provisional entry list: eleven teams with seven brands have been entered
- For the first time two lady racers: Sophie Hofmann with Audi, Laura Kraihamer with KTM
- Premiere: all the races live on SPORT1, SPORT1+ and the digital channels
- On seven weekends: DTM Trophy starts its second season at Monza in June
Munich (21 April 2021). With at least 21 production-based GT sports cars, the DTM Trophy is gearing up for its second season. Two months prior to the season opener of the junior race series at Monza in Italy from 18-20 June, eleven teams are featuring on the provisional entry list, running cars from seven manufacturers. In the drivers’ field, Sophie Hofmann (GER) and Laura Kraihamer (AUT) as two lady racers stand out, but not all the teams have confirmed their drivers yet.
The 2021 DTM Trophy consists of seven race weekends and therefore has one round more than the successful inaugural season. Not just the additional race weekend, but also the new partnership with Germany’s leading 360-degree sports platform SPORT1 enhance the appeal of the series. Presented by the Automobilclub von Deutschland (AvD), the races will be shown live and with highlights on all the platforms of the broadcaster, based in Ismaning near Munich: on the two TV channels Sport1 and Sport1+ as well as on the sport1.de web portal and the Sport1 Motorsport Facebook page. Moreover, next to the races, the practice and qualifying sessions can be watched live, also on smartphones, on the DTM’s own streaming portal DTM Grid.
DTM Trophy like DTM: one driver per race car as a unique feature
“One driver, one race car. Like in DTM, that is also a unique feature of the DTM Trophy. It guarantees pure racing, an open battle without any tactics from lights to flag,” says Benedikt Böhme, managing director of the DTM organisation ITR. “The DTM Trophy is a substantial element of our DTM platform that, together with DTM as the top-line event, DTM Classic, DTM Electric and DTM Esports, is providing an attractive stage with fascinating motorsport for spectators, fans and partners.”
The brand variety in the DTM Trophy is steadily increasing: with new arrival Aston Martin as well as Audi, BMW, KTM, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Toyota, production-based GT sports cars from seven car manufacturers are represented for the first time. “An additional brand, one further race weekend and SPORT1 as the TV partner on top of that: the DTM Trophy is developing in a pleasantly positive way and is making an important step forward for its second season. The DTM Trophy is the DTM’s talent pool, the stepping stone towards the top league,” says Frederic Elsner, director event & operations, ITR. “The 2021 DTM Trophy guarantees exciting races. That is great for the viewers at home in front of the screens and at the race track once spectators will be allowed in again, hopefully soon.”
For drivers and teams from the DTM Trophy, an official test has been scheduled at DEKRA Lausitzring from 4-6 May.