Season start 3rd - 5th May 2019
Season finale 4th - 6th October 2019
RIDE ON A CANNONBALL
All things considered, a full increase of 100 to what is now 600 turbo HP, lighter racing cars, reduced downforce and a great technical gimmick results in the most powerful DTM of all time! The principle of the series, Gerhard Berger, sums up what the audience can expect: “A ride on a cannonball.” There is also a new and fascinating competitor: From 2019, the luxury sports car manufacturer Aston Martin will be challenging the top dogs Audi and BMW. And on 3 to 5 May, the time will come when the most powerful DTM ever will start the new season at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg.
When seasoned racing drivers rave about something, it’s almost always only about one thing: “The car is incredibly powerful and really shifts,” commented Nico Müller enthusiastically after one of the first official drives in the new DTM Audi. “The turbo motor gives it quite a powerful boost.” Audi-brand colleague René Rast, a level-headed native of Westphalia by nature, sounded no less enthusiastic: “The car feels like a go-kart and is stacks of fun. You can really feel and see the extra power.”
DTM is starting 2019 in a new and exciting era thanks to a technical regulation which has been completely modified. The most significant modification is under the bonnet: A four-cylinder, two-litre turbo replaces the previous V8 aspirated engine. The performance positively explodes: 100 more HP means a total of 600 horsepower. The DTM cars have also been trimmed down by 50 kilogrammes to under the 1,000 kilogramme mark. And the output drive was also rotated at the adjusting screw.
Here, less is more: more speed, more action!
Insiders are forecasting that cars will be reaching the 300 km/h mark on the fastest sections of the track in the DTM calendar. And where could that be? Correct: on the Parabolika, for example, at the Hockenheimring! Lastly, there is another great technical gimmick called the ‘push-to-pass button’. This is a button in the cockpit that drivers can use to get themselves 30 more HP. One touch of a button – and the driver can get 30 more HP using the ‘push-to-pass button’. This should result in more overtaking – and happy drivers and spectators.
For loyal fans who feared for the attractiveness and future of their beloved DTM after Mercedes pulled out, it needs to be said: Of course, it hurts that the team from Stuttgart are freeing up a place on the starting grid; especially with all three championship titles in 2018 in the bag... But the DTM lives on. And how! We await its new competitor Aston Martin with great excitement. AF Racing AG, based in Switzerland, has strengthened its position: The Aston Martin Vantage DTM is being developed and built in a joint venture with HWA AG. Ring any bells? That’s right: That is ex-DTM boss Hans Werner Aufrecht’s company; and this was the company that did the job for three decades for Mercedes... The Aston R-Motorsport team is throwing all its weight behind its many years of experience in GT sport. Paul di Resta is leading the driver quartet – the Scotsman was 2010 DTM Champion and fought for the 2018 title right up until the final race! His team colleagues are: Daniel Juncadella, who has been driving in the DTM for five years, as well as the young novices Ferdinand Habsburg and Jake Dennis.
In light of completely new cars, from the human perspective Audi is relying on the old and familiar. The 2017 champion René Rast is all set. The 32-year-old won the last six races of the last season. A winning six pack in a row? That’s never been done before. The second spearhead from Ingolstadt is the 2013 champion, Mike Rockenfeller. Jamie Green, Nico Müller, Loïc Duval and Robin Frijns will be there once again. The WRT customer team is using two other Audi RS 5 DTMs.
For BMW, the new engines tie in perfectly with the history of the company, as 2019 will see the celebration of ‘50 years of BMW turbos in motorsport’. The team from Munich are also relying on proven drivers. Marco Wittmann (champion in 2014/2016) and the 2012 champion Bruno Spengler are leading the pack, which includes fan-favourite Timo Glock, Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson. The new kid on the block is the 19-year-old South African Sheldon van der Linde.
The supporting programme also has its own highlights. The Porsche Carrera Cup is doing the honours again after a year’s break. The international ‘W Series’ is also celebrating its world premiere in Baden. Young female drivers from all over the world will compete in structurally identical Monopostos. Prize money: 1.5 million US dollars. So much is changing but one thing stays the same: the quality of the experience for spectators with tickets for the drivers’ paddock, glazed pits, autograph sessions, pit walks and concerts.
DTM fans are eagerly awaiting the start of the new season on the 3rd -5th May 2019 in the Motodrom. The season opening is traditionally celebrated with two races at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg. DTM stars love the challenging, high-speed course in the south of Germany because it’s fast, because there are several opportunities for overtaking and because the Motodrom stadium creates such a sensational atmosphere that the drivers can even feel it under their racing helmets!
Once again, fans can look forward to action-packed events at Hockenheim. For more information please go to www.dtm.com