|Leipert Motorsport to field two Mercedes-AMG cars
“The ideal addition to our customer sports portfolio”
Best Junior Driver receives DTM test drive
German race team Leipert Motorsport will add colour and variety to this year’s DTM Trophy by entering two Mercedes-AMG cars into the series.|
The squad, from Wegberg near Mönchengladbach, was the 2019 class winner in the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Championship, and will field two of its customer Mercedes-AMG cars in the DTM Trophy’s inaugural season.
The DTM Trophy is a new GT racing series staged across six weekends as part of the DTM support program in 2020. The season kicks off at Zolder, Belgium (April 24-26), and concludes at Germany’s Hockenheimring (October 2-4).
“Great interest on the driver market”
“Our involvement in the DTM Trophy is the ideal addition to our customer sports portfolio,” said team manager Marcel Leipert. “We’ve been represented in various racing series worldwide for years and have celebrated numerous successes – so we’re now delighted to be racing on the DTM platform. The interest in the driver market is substantial, and we’ll soon announce the line-up for our two cars.”
Frederic Elsner, Director Event at DTM marketer ITR, added: “Leipert Motorsport is a hugely experienced and professional operation whose involvement significantly enhances this year’s DTM Trophy. In both endurance and sprint racing, Leipert has tasted plenty of success – and looks set to continue that in 2020. For the fans, the spectacular sound of the Mercedes-AMG 4-litre V8 engines will be particularly appealing.”
€150,000 prize pot
Registration deadline is 11 March 2020, with an enrolment fee of €23,000 plus VAT per participant – with tyres by series partner Hankook and fuel free of charge at all official events.
Series organisers will distribute a prize fund of €150,000 between the top three drivers in the championship. The winner of the Trophy’s junior classification – for drivers under the age of 22 – will also earn a money-can’t-buy opportunity to test a DTM car at the end of the 2020 season.
Click here for more information on the DTM Trophy: https://www.dtm.com/en/dtm-trophy
|German squad will field two McLaren GT cars in all-new series
Legendary sportscar name joins DTM support program for very first time
Innovative six-race series has €150,000 prize pot
Munich-based sportscar squad Team GT has committed to entering two of its GT Sport McLaren in this year’s DTM Trophy, the new-for-2020 support series on the DTM calendar.|
It will field two McLaren 570S chassis in the series, which kicks off at Zolder, Belgium, on April 24-26.
“We’re really pleased to welcome Team GT to the DTM Trophy,” said Frederic Elsner, Director Event of DTM promoter ITR. “The McLaren 570S is a spectacular and powerful racing car that will be extremely well received by motorsport fans. Also, [Team GT boss] Bernhard Laber’s squad is professional and experienced, and keen to promote young drivers as they move up through the sporting ranks. This approach fits perfectly with the overall philosophy of the DTM Trophy.”
“Entering the DTM Trophy is the right step for us,” added Laber. “ITR’s concept won us over right from the start: sprint races without driver changes, within the professional DTM environment, and with the right economic framework conditions. Coupled with ITR’s marketing competence, it all fits. The DTM Trophy offers attractive start- and track-times on the DTM support program – for a team that promotes young talent, that’s very important for us. We’ve yet to confirm who will drive our two McLarens, but we are confident we will field a pair of highly competitive drivers. We’ll have more news on that shortly.”
Registration open for 2020
Registration for the 2020 DTM Trophy series is open.
The new series, which features near-series spec GT racing cars with rear-wheel drive, will run across six weekends on the DTM support program.
As in DTM, the DTM Trophy will feature two free-practice sessions per race weekend on Fridays, and a 20-minute qualifying session and 30-minute race each on Saturdays and Sundays.
Series organisers will distribute a prize fund of €150,000 between the top three drivers in the championship, allocated as follows: the winner receives €75,000; second place €50,000; and €25,000 for third.
Registration deadline is 11 March 2020, with an enrolment fee of €23,000 plus VAT per participant – with tyres and fuel free of charge at all official events. This not only applies to all race weekends in the support program of the DTM in 2020, but also a potential ITR-organised pre-season test.
Click here for more information on the DTM Trophy: https://www.dtm.com/en/dtm-trophy
Six weekends on the DTM support program
Drivers and teams with near-series-spec GT cars eligible for FIA categories E2-SH and E2-SC of all manufacturers are entitled to participate. Almost every brand represented in motorsport has a corresponding GT car with 400 to 500 hp in its portfolio – most notably Audi, BMW and Aston Martin, who are all represented within the DTM, but also brands such as McLaren, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, Ford, Chevrolet, Lotus, Jaguar, Toyota and Nissan.
In its debut season, the DTM Trophy will be held across six DTM race weekends: Zolder (24-26 April), Lausitzring (15-17 May), Anderstorp (12-14 June), Norisring (10-12 July), Nürburgring (11-13 September) and Hockenheimring (2-4 October). At the beginning of January, the race calendar was adjusted by ITR to avoid a date overlap with SRO’s GT4 European Series. The DTM organiser responded to feedback from teams in order to provide planning and logistical assurance to all parties involved.
|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.
|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
- 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.