|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
|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