Traditional pre-season test confirmed for March 16-18 DTM makes Monza Rally Show appearance this weekend Ticket pre-sales for June event already open The official test ahead of the start of the 2020 DTM season will take at Monza from March 16-18.

The traditional three-day session will allow teams and drivers to familiarise themselves with the legendary high-speed Italian circuit ahead of its first-ever DTM race, which takes place June 26-28.

While manufacturers are able to test during the winter, the official ITR test is traditionally the only opportunity for the entire DTM field to run together ahead of the season opener, which takes place at Zolder, Belgium, on April 24-26.

The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, situated north of Milan, is one of the oldest racetracks in Europe. It has held every round of Formula 1’s Italian Grand Prix since 1950 – with one sole exception, in 1980. As in F1, DTM’s arrival at the track is expecting to bring spectacular slipstreaming action as cars hit the highest speeds of the season around the full 5.793km grand prix circuit.

DTM at the Monza Rally Show

Ahead of next year’s events, DTM will showcase one of Audi’s RS 5 DTM race cars at an official DTM booth at this weekend’s Monza Rally Show (December 6-8). The renowned national event incorporates a rally event around the racetrack with a weekend-long sports fair that attracts more than 150,000 visitors.

Pre-sale tickets for the DTM race weekend in Italy will be available at the Rally Show, as well as via the DTM.com website.

MotoGP superstar and DTM fan Valentino Rossi is the most successful winner at the Monza Rally Show, notching up seven victories – beating fellow victors including F1 driver Robert Kubica and Le Mans winner Rinaldo Capello. The event has even been won by a former DTM champion: Italy’s Nicola Larini won the competition in 1992 before going on to dominate in DTM the following year in his iconic Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI.
Zolder: DTM Zolder 2019 on May, 18, 2019, (Photo by Hoch Zwei)
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Restart, SUPER GT x DTM Dream Race, Saturday, Race, Fuji Speedway © SUPER GT
Stunning lights-to-flag victory for New Zealander Benoît Tréluyer takes DTM top honours in sixth position Front-row starter Duval fails to make race after install-lap shunt SUPER GT frontrunner Nick Cassidy took a commanding lights-to-flag victory at Fuji Speedway to win the first-ever Dream Race joint-event between the Japanese GT series and DTM on Saturday.

The KeePer TOM’S Lexus LC500 driver was untroubled from pole position after fellow front-row starter Loïc Duval failed to make the grid after crashing on the installation lap. In the opening laps, the New Zealander quickly established a healthy lead over the chasing cars of Ronnie Quintarelli (MOTUL AUTECH Nissan GT-R) and Naoki Yamamoto (RAYBRIG Honda NSX-GT).

As Cassidy’s lead grew, he was able to recover from a slightly shaky pit-stop where his crew struggled to quickly switch both front wheels. Not even a late-race Safety Car period could halt his progress: despite the novelty of the new-to-SUPER GT Indy Car-style restart, Cassidy held off a late charge from Koudai Tsukakoshi, who finished second in his Keihin Honda NSX-GT, ahead of Yamamoto.

Tréluyer leads DTM contingent

Frenchman Benoît Tréluyer (Audi Sport Japan RS 5 DTM) emerged a slightly surprising victor of the seven-car DTM challenge, finishing sixth after steadily improving across the whole weekend. Behind him, 2019 champion René Rast (Audi Sport RS 5 DTM) finished eighth after spending most of his race embroiled in spirited scraps with a number of drivers, most notably Quintarelli, with whom he enjoyed a ding-dong battle, exchanging position as they fought into the Turn One hairpin.

Mike Rockenfeller (Audi Sport RS 5 DTM) started well from fourth place, but faded during the race, eventually getting pitched into a spin by Tréluyer as the field scrabbled through the tight Dunlop Corner after the restart. The German came home 13th.

BMW’s Kamui Kobayashi was another stand-out performer, enjoying a late-race scrap with Rockenfeller to finish 14th.

Fellow BMW drivers Marco Wittmann and Alex Zanardi both struggled: the German gambled on a first-lap pit-stop, but was later forced to make a second stop, eventually finishing 18th, a lap adrift. Zanardi only narrowly made the race after his crew discovered a technical issue on the installation lap. He was forced into the pits for a lengthy stop during the race, too, eventually rejoining for the closing laps, and finishing eight laps down.

Duval’s early exit

The drama begun before the race had even started for front-row starter Duval. The Frenchman locked up and slid into the barriers on the pre-race installation lap. The impact broke his left-front suspension and bodywork, leaving the car too extensively damaged to take part. His Audi RS 5 DTM will be repaired in time for Sunday’s race.

Cassidy untouchable in morning qualifying

In the morning’s qualifying period, Cassidy underlined his form, banging in a 1m41.827s quick-lap midway through the session. Despite a flurry of late-stops for fresh rubber to capitalise on a mildly drying track, nobody ultimately got close to the New Zealander’s time.

“We’d been quite strong all week, so I felt confident,” he said afterwards. “After my race in Hockenheim, I wanted to show we had good performance,” he added, referring to his brief guest outing in Germany, where he was punted out on the first lap. » Quotes – race 1, Dream Race, Fuji Speedway “It’s been the perfect day: pole and victory are fantastic achievements, and I’m really pleased we could show our strengths. But the biggest thing is that we got to have this race today – and I hope we can race again in the future. I grew up racing in Europe, and always looked up to the manufacturers and drivers competing in DTM. I really loved the style of this weekend – qualifying and racing on the same day is a lot of fun, and it’s not often we get to race on our own. I really enjoyed that, too. With more experience, the two championships can get closer – I really hope we get to do this again after this weekend.” Nick Cassidy, winner “Before the race, we weren’t sure if it would stay wet or dry out, so we compromised on our set-up to cover both options. It’s always difficult to attack in the wet; I started sixth and wanted to do as much as I could – I got up to second, and tried to attack Nick, but it was impossible. Although we practiced the Indy Car restart behind the Safety Car during practice, I still felt worried about it, and was determined not to make a mistake at the first corner. It was a really good race, I really enjoyed it – it would be great if the SUPER GT field could go overseas next time for us to race against DTM again.” Koudai Tsukakoshi, 2nd place “First of all, I would like to thank SUPER GT, GTA and the DTM for this opportunity, which has been really fantastic. It was great to battle with the DTM. Unfortunately, Loïc crashed before the start, so we weren’t able to race with him, which was disappointing as I was looking forward to that battle. I really enjoyed this race – but, of course, we can and will use everything we learned today, including the set-up, to prepare for tomorrow.” Naoki Yamamoto, 3rd place “I had a lot of fun; I really enjoyed it in the car! I made some mistakes – at the start, I got pushed by Tachikawa, but I was touching him a little bit as well, that’s racing. Anyway, after that, I caught up, then we lost a lot of time during the pit-stop – I guess that was because we didn’t practice during the week. I wasn’t ready and most of it was my fault. Then after the stop, I was able to catch up and could manage the second set of tyres a little bit better. I also had a good restart. Then there was the situation with Rocky: I couldn’t move, couldn’t escape the guys who were inside. They didn’t see me. It’s a shame that he spun because of me, I was really sorry for that, but it was part of the race. It was good to have solid pace during the race – to come back after three years was really cool!” Benoît Tréluyer, 6th place » Results – race 1, Dream Race, Fuji Speedway 01 Nick Cassidy (NZL), Lexus LC500, 35 laps in 57m 45.326s
02 Koudai Tsukakoshi (JPN), Honda NSX-GT, + 0.433s
03 Naoki Yamamoto (JPN), Honda NSX-GT, + 5.862s
04 Kenta Yamashita (JPN), Lexus LC500, + 6.974s
05 Sho Tsuboi (JPN), Lexus LC500, + 9.966s
06 Benoît Tréluyer (FRA), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 11.242s
07 Yuhi Sekiguchi (JPN), Lexus LC500, + 11.369s
08 René Rast (GER), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 11.540s
09 Yuji Tachikawa (JPN), Lexus LC500, + 13.421s
10 Hideki Mutoh (JPN), Honda NSX-GT, + 13.426

Fastest lap: Tadasuke Makino (JPN), Honda NSX-GT, 1m 31.186s
Pole position: Nick Cassidy (NZL), Lexus LC500, 1m 41.827s
Weather conditions: 16.2°C, cloudy
Circuit conditions: 15.5°C, dry surface
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  • Scrutineering and sponsorship arrangement continues into 31st year
  • One of the longest partnerships in the motorsport world
  • Gerhard Berger: “Our long and intense relationship of trust is extraordinary”

The internationally leading expert-organisation DEKRA and the DTM have announced an additional extension to a long-standing strategic partnership that stretches back 30 years.

DTM umbrella organisation ITR and the German experts announced the renewed deal on the eve of Sunday’s landmark 500th DTM race, held at the DEKRA-owned Lausitzring. The partnership ensures DEKRA will continue its partnership with the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB), undertaking DTM scrutineering.

Additionally, DEKRA will continue as one of the series’ major sponsors.

“We’re absolutely delighted that we will be able to rely on the continued technical expertise of our long-standing partner DEKRA,” said ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger. “Our long and intense relationship of trust is extraordinary in the motorsport world.”

The partnership began back in 1989, and the timing of today’s announcement is particularly appropriate: this year, DEKRA and the DTM celebrate their 30th anniversary together – a relationship that makes it one of the longest and oldest technical and commercial partnerships in the motorsport world.

“We’re proud to made a relevant contribution to safety in the DTM for more than 30 years,” said DEKRA board member Clemens Klinke. “In that time, our colleagues have done some outstanding work, and are acknowledged and appreciated by organisers and teams up and down the pit-lane. We are very happy to be able to continue this long-standing, proven partnership.”

The partnership has two main goals: first of all the safety of all those involved and in addition, level playing field for all the competitors. In the partnership with Germany’s motor racing authority, DMSB, DEKRA’s technology experts supervise the compliance of the regulations within the framework of the scrutinising.

The majority of the DEKRA staff that are involved in the DTM project usually work for the DEKRA Technology Center Lausitzring where they examine driving dynamics, exhaust emissions and apply the latest standards. The latest DTM safety concept was developed and realised with the support of DEKRA. Every static and dynamic homologation test was executed by DEKRA using FIA- and DMSB-approved examination and test centres.

In the DTM paddock, the DEKRA logo is present on trackside branding across the circuit, above the race number on all cars, and throughout the pit-lane.

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