|ITR and German broadcaster extend contract for two additional years
“ran racing” team to operate on-site at all 10 events in 2020
Kostron: “We’ll continue telling the success story we started together in 2018”
The DTM will continue its highly successful live and exclusive TV deal with German broadcaster SAT.1 for a further two years.|
DTM umbrella organisation ITR and 7Sports, the wholly owned sports business unit of the broadcasting group ProSiebenSAT.1 Media SE, have agreed a two-year extension to a partnership that began ahead of the 2018 DTM season.
This new deal means the DTM will remain on one of Germany’s most popular free-to-air channels, showing live coverage of every race on both Saturdays and Sundays. In addition, the “ran racing” presenting team will continue to provide expert reporting, interviews and analysis during the pre- and post-race coverage. On ran.de, and via the “ran” mobile app, fans can follow every free practice and qualifying session as well as the race live-stream with German commentary.
“The continuation of our partnership was a logical decision”
“We’re very pleased that SAT.1 will continue with its excellent live and exclusive broadcast deal in Germany for the next two years,” said ITR Managing Director Achim Kostron. “We’ll continue telling the success story we started together in 2018.The ‘ran racing’ presenters have given a radical new look to the DTM format, which has significantly increased the series’ media presence in our key target areas. The continuation of our partnership was a logical decision, and we look forward to working alongside SAT.1 to further develop and improve the DTM TV experience.”
“ran” Head of Sport Alexander Rösner added: “It’s great that SAT.1, together with our partner ITR, have worked together to develop and transform the presentation of the DTM with our ‘ran racing’ team. The continuation of the partnership is fantastic news for motorsport fans throughout Germany and across Europe. The new DTM not only embodies fantastic and exciting racing at the highest level, but also embodies trend-setting technical progress and innovations. Together, it’s a perfect fit for ‘ran’.”
The 2020 tour dates of DTM and “ran racing”: 10 events across Europe
The DTM season 2020 comprises 10 race-weekend events; four in Germany, with a further six across Europe. The season starts on 24-26 April in Zolder, Belgium; with further non-German events at St. Petersburg (RUS, 29-31 May), Anderstorp (SWE, 12-14 June), Monza (ITA, 26-28 June), Brands Hatch (GBR, 22-23 August) and Assen (NED, 4-6 September). The German rounds kick off at the Lausitzring (May 15-17), with additional dates at the Norisring (July 10-12), Nürburgring (September 11-13) and Hockenheimring (October 2-4).
- Novelty at the Nürburgring: ITR chairman seeks direct exchange with fans
- Fan Talk at the Nürburgring cinema on Saturday, 14th September, at 16:00hrs
- All DTM ticket holders can participate – registration via e-mail
DTM invites its fans to a meeting with ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger. The
DTM Fan Talk 2019 will take place at the eighth race weekend of the
season at the Nürburgring (September 13-15, 2019). All those interested
can discuss the latest topics as well as the future of the racing series
in a relaxed atmosphere with the DTM boss.
The exchange with die-hard motorsport fans should not only give the opportunity to experience the former Formula 1 driver up close. Berger is equally interested in the opinions of the fans. How do they like the race events? How spectacular are the races? How popular are the drivers?
On Saturday, 14th September, all DTM ticket holders will be invited to the “ring°kino” cinema at the Nürburgring from 4:00 pm. For capacity reasons, a free registration via e-mail via the following link is required: https://dtm4.me/fantalk-registration Admission begins at 3:00 pm. Soft drinks and snacks will be provided.
Tickets for the race weekend at the Nürburgring are available through the official DTM.com/tickets website. The DTM is broadcast live in 31 countries and can be watched around the rest of the world via the official live-streams at DTM.com, on YouTube and the mobile DTM app.
- 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.
|Victorious Müller turns up the heat in DTM title fight
Retirement for points leader Rast, but Audi secures top-three result with Müller, Frijns & Rockenfeller
Best BMW: fourth position keeps Wittmann’s title hopes alive
Aston Martin narrowly misses out on points in thrilling race
Switzerland’s Nico Müller narrowed Rene Rast’s DTM championship lead
down to just 14 points after scoring a hugely significant win at the
Lausitzring. Pole-sitter Rast (209 points) had led the opening stages of
the race, but was forced to park his Audi RS5 DTM with a mechanical
issue, allowing Müller (195 points) to lead home his Abt Sportsline
team-mate Robin Frijns (NED) and Mike Rockenfeller (GER). Rast’s failure
to score also meant that leading BMW driver Marco Wittman (GER, 159
points) also remains in title contention, alongside fellow BMW driver
Philipp Eng (AUT, 139), and Audi drivers Rockenfeller (123) and Frijns
The decisive moment in the race came on lap seven: Rast had started to gradually extend his lead when he suddenly slowed at the exit of Turn Three. In close pursuit, Müller was able to quickly swerve around the slowing Audi, successfully defending from Wittmann, who was looking to take advantage of the confusion. Rast pulled his car off the track, appearing to suffer from a lack of power, but was able to briefly rejoin at the back of the field before the problem returned – this time terminally – forcing him to pull his car into the garage. From that moment, Müller assumed control of the race, managing the gap back to his team-mate, and the late-charging Rockenfeller.
Wittmann gets back into the fight
After a disappointing Race Two at Brands Hatch earlier this month, Wittmann made huge strides at the start, capitalising on a slow getaway from front-row starter Jamie Green (GBR), and Frijns, who was boxed in behind the Briton into Turn One. Green kept the pressure on, and looked set to feature in the battle for the lead at the end of the race until he received a drive-through penalty for an unsafe pit-stop release. The delay ultimately dropped him to 10th. After his stop, Wittmann’s challenge slowly faded, and he was unable to keep the early-stopping Frijns and Rockenfeller at bay; the pair each working their way past the BMW with some enjoyably entertaining overtaking manoeuvres.
A stint in the lead, but no points for Aston
Aston Martin raised pulses as Daniel Juncadella (ESP), Paul Di Resta (GBR) and Ferdinand von Habsburg (AUT) raced each other three abreast into the medium-speed esses at the end of the back straight – luckily without contact. During the mid-race tyre-stops, von Habsburg ran at the front before electing to make his mandatory stop with just a handful of laps remaining. Ultimately, the R-Motorsport nsquad arrowly missed out on points: Jake Dennis (GBR), Juncadella and Di Resta finishing in 11th to 13th positions respectively.
|» Quotes – race 1, Lausitzring|
|“Of course, I’m very happy: this was an important result for us today. This victory is great for the guys and the 1-2-3 for Audi is really valuable, too. Once I was in the lead, I was able to pull a slight gap and manage my tyres really well. My second stint seemed extraordinarily long. When René (Rast) suddenly slowed, it was quite close, but I somehow managed to find a way around him. These points are an important step, everything is open again. Now, I want to close the gap further tomorrow.” Nico Müller, winner|
|“Initially, I had a good pace, but at the end, I still had to fight hard. The key to second place was my overtaking move on Marco (Wittmann). I knew I only had one shot at it and I took it. It was a nice manoeuvre. My car wasn’t perfect – we can still improve in that area, as I would still like to move up into third or fourth in the championship standings.” Robin Frijns, 2nd place|
|“Towards the end of the race, I had the fresher tyres, and that paid off. The two situations with Marco (Wittmann) were hard, but fair. The first time, I pulled back. Fortunately, the contact wasn’t a problem. On the second attempt, I then braked slightly later and made it through.” Mike Rockenfeller, 3rd place|
|» Results – race 1, Lausitzring|
01 Nico Müller (SUI), Audi RS 5 DTM, 34 laps in 56m 53.891s|
02 Robin Frijns (NED), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 2.496s
03 Mike Rockenfeller (GER), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 3.206s
04 Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW M4 DTM, + 5.807s
05 Philipp Eng (AUT), BMW M4 DTM, + 13.477s
06 Loïc Duval (FRA), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 14.742s
07 Pietro Fittipaldi (BRA), Audi RS 5 DTM, + 16.859s
08 Joel Eriksson (SWE), BMW M4 DTM, + 17.532s
09 Bruno Spengler (CAN), BMW M4 DTM, + 21.472s
10 Jamie Green (GBR), Audi RS 5 DTM, +24.318s
Fastest lap: Robin Frijns (NED), Audi RS 5 DTM, 1m 38.176s
Pole position: René Rast (GER), Audi RS 5 DTM, 1m 35.241s
Weather conditions: 28°C, sunshine
Circuit conditions: 30–41°C, dry surface