The Hockenheimring calls for the DTM showdown in 2022
- High-tension at the season finale of the popular racing series from 7 to 9 October 2022
- DTM 2022 leaves nothing to be desired in terms of excitement, variety and diversity
- Ten different drivers and five brands already entered the winners’ lists in 2022
Munich/Hockenheim (14.09.2022). On the second weekend in October, the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg will not only once again be the venue for a DTM race weekend – unlike last year, when the schedules in international motorsport were turned upside down due to the pandemic, this time the 4.575-kilometre Grand Prix circuit will also provide the stage for a season finale that will leave nothing to be desired in terms of excitement and spectacle. Because the 2022 DTM season actually manages to top the previous ones once again.
An impressive field of nearly 30 spectacular racing cars, an impressive variety with cars from six different brands, thrilling wheel-to-wheel duels between the world’s best GT racers and an enormous balance – the 2022 DTM sets standards in every respect. In the first twelve rounds of the current season, no less than ten different racing drivers from seven nations were allowed to stand at the top of a podium. The competition among the brands is similarly fierce. Only Lamborghini is still waiting for its first triumph this year, while the competition from Audi and BMW (three times each) as well as Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche (twice each) already had reason to celebrate.
With Sheldon van der Linde (Schubert Motorsport / BMW M4 GT3), only one driver managed to win more than one race and at the same time failed to score points only three times – which would also explain his current championship lead after 12 of 16 rounds. But despite his lead of 32 points, his rivals have long since thrown down the gauntlet to the South African. First and foremost is Austrian Lucas Auer (Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD / Mercedes-AMG GT3), whose opening success in Portugal and two further podium finishes are offset by five retirements. The same applies to René Rast (Team ABT / Audi R8 LMS). The three-time DTM champion has already been on the podium four times this year, including once at the top, but he also recorded five zeros and is only two points behind Auer in the intermediate standings. The Italian Mirko Bortolotti, who has not yet won a DTM race in the GRT Lamborghini Huracán GT3 but has been leading the standings for a long time, follows at the same distance.
The Porsche faction is making strong progress, winning two of the last six races with Austrian Thomas Preining (KÜS Team Bernhard) and Norwegian Dennis Olsen (SSR Performance). Exactly the same applies to Ferrari and the Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse team – here the two winners were Felipe Fraga (Brazil) and Nick Cassidy (New Zealand). Luca Stolz (Mercedes-AMG Team HRT) and the Swiss Audi drivers Nico Müller (Team Rosberg) and Ricardo Feller (Team ABT Sportsline) also triumphed once each.
Just how close things are in the current DTM is shown anew in every race. As a rule, the entire field of contenders is within one second of each other or just above it in qualifying. In Friday practice at the Nürburgring, the first 20 cars were separated by less than half a second. As a result, small mistakes can have an extreme impact and cause large fluctuations in the field. A perfect example of this is Dennis Olsen: On Saturday in Spa-Francorchamps, the Norwegian was still the beaming winner, but the next day he found himself in 23rd position on the grid. The fans are happy: Nothing generates more excitement than the complete unpredictability that comes with every DTM race.
And in this respect, the finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg will be no exception. Not only because the first official pre-season tests were held here at the beginning of April – the 4.575-kilometre circuit not far from Heidelberg is generally extremely popular as a test track due to its diversity. This means that all the teams have plenty of data to prepare themselves and their cars perfectly for the race weekend.
Attractive supporting programme with DTM Trophy and DTM Classic Cup
Once again, a full programme awaits the spectators at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg: In addition to the DTM, the DTM Trophy will also start, which is always good for a spectacle with its near-series GT sports cars driven mostly by young talents. The same applies to the BMW M2 Cup, which also features youngsters in identical racing cars. The Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux impresses with the fastest one-make cup racer in the world – the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup with around 510 hp. And then there is the DTM Classic Cup, with its legendary touring cars from the 1980s and 1990s, which will not only appeal to nostalgics.
High fan-friendliness and low ticket prices
As always, at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the fan is right up close and personal. More than anywhere else, spectators enjoy up-close contact with drivers and cars. Requests for autographs are usually fulfilled spontaneously and with pleasure, a selfie with the drivers or race cars is usually very easy. And then there is the pitview box, which offers a direct and permanent view into a selected pit, as well as the “pitwalk”, where spectators have the unique opportunity to look over the shoulders of the racing teams as they work from the pit lane into the pit. Furthermore, the Fan Village offers entertainment, games and fun for the whole family. Numerous challenges encourage people to take part and win, such as the commentator contest “Be Eddie”, the reaction contest and the Esports contest with FANATEC simulators. And of course, as always, at extremely family-friendly prices: A Friday ticket is already available for 10 euros, the day tickets for Saturday and Sunday cost from 44 euros each, and those who want to spend the whole weekend at the Hockenheimring can do so from 49 euros. Tickets are available online at tickets.dtm.com and on the DTM ticket hotline 01806-991166. Tickets can also be booked via the Hockenheimring hotline at +49 (0)6205-950 222.