Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb will take part in the German DTM Championship race for the first time this month, where he will represent the Red Bull AlphaTauri team behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488GT3. Loeb will replace New Zealander Nick Cassidy in the opening race of the championship in Portimau, Portugal, with Felipe Fraga, who will not take part in the Formula E race, but because Cassidy is likely to miss the Norisring and Spa Francorchamps, Loeba could seen several times. “Throughout my career, I’ve been looking forward to changing categories,” Loeb said. "DTM is a very well-known championship and I was offered the opportunity to compete in it, so of course I took advantage of it. The challenge is big, because it's a completely different style of driving." Sebastien Loeb tested the Ferrari race a few days ago
According to DTM Race Director Frederic Elsner, Valentino Rossi is very welcome, although the German Championship this year has limited the performances of visiting racers, due to the packed starting lineup. “If he wants, he’s more than welcome,” Elsner said. "A racer of his caliber would certainly be allowed to perform, for example in Imola." Rossi flirted with a one-off performance in the DTM race back in 2019, when MotoGP competitor Andrea Dovizioso decided to make the move. But there was no clash between the Italians on four wheels, and Rossi promised the head of the DTM series, Gerhard Berger, that he would take part in the race in the near future. After finishing his career as a MotoGP racer, Rossi moved into the world of car racing and the DTM series is said to be one of the options flirted with the nine-time world
Andrea Dovizioso took advantage of the break between MotoGP class races to race on four wheels. In Misano, Italy, a Ducati racer sat behind the wheel of an Audi car of the German DTM touring car series and impressed with twelfth place in the race. Dovi finished the race, which he started in fifteenth place, seven seconds behind eleventh-placed Pietro Fittipaldi, who is also an Audi racer. The race was won by two-time DTM series champion Marco Wittmann, who drove a single lap in the qualifiers and started the race in 18th place. The BMW racer picked a risky tactic and made the obligatory stop at the end of the first lap, after which he had to watch his tires for the remaining 38 laps. He was helped a bit by a safety car, which calmed the race by three laps. Drew
After Sunday's race in Moscow, harsh words and accusations are exchanged in the German DTM championship as well. The loudest is currently leading Mattias Ekström. After colliding with Audi driver Tim Glock in the race, to whom he did not address kind words, he also sharply attacked the Mercedes team. “What Mercedes was doing on Sunday is incomprehensible and unacceptable,” Ekström said. "They left their driver Lucas Auer on the track for a very long time and didn't ask him to make a mandatory stop in the pits or did it almost before the end of the race. He was always somewhere between second and fifth place and no one could pass him. Leader Mike Rockenfeller he could drive his race in peace. What the hell is that supposed to be? " At the end of the race, Ekström had to settle for third place despite the pitches
In early August, at the DTM race in Spielberg, Austria, Audi team leader Wolfgang Ullrich ordered his driver Tim Scheider to oust Mercedes driver Pascal Weherlein from the racetrack. In concrete words, he ordered him to "oust him," which Scheider did. This case was heard by the German Motorsport Sports Association (Detuschen Motorsport-Bundes DMSB) and awarded the highest fine in history for an individual team, namely a fine of EUR 200.000,00. The maximum fine so far has reached EUR 25.000,00. The court also banned Tim Scheider from appearing in both matches this weekend in Moscow, and team leader Ullirch is not allowed to be present not only in the pits but also on the radio until the end of the season. In addition, the Audi team was also stripped of 62 points, which j
David Coulthard warns the DTM series that if they want to progress and be even more successful, they will have to include the DTM series in the system of obtaining a super license for Formula One. Namely, many racers came from F1 to DTM in the past, but among other things, many of them also won for a prize, or advanced from DTM to F1 (for some testing). For example, Pascal Weglein appeared in both series at the same time, in one week. He first won the Norisring in the DTM, then set the fastest time with Mercedes in the Red Bull ring in F1 and drove for Force Indio the next day. Together with DTM series champion Marco Wittmann, they then tested the Toro Rossa race car as a reward from BMW. Coulthard, who came from F1 to DTM, sees it as a retirement like this: “I think DTM is a great profession
The Japanese Super GT Series category and the German DTM Touring Car Series will merge for the next two years (they will add a new series). A new Class One series will be created. They are already exchanging chassis and aerodynamics, and from 2017 onwards, the entire technical package. Representatives of both series met at the Nurburgring, where they settled all matters, including the engines, where a two-liter, four-cylinder turbo engine with 600 horsepower will be used. The first year will feature a show race in Japan, where Audi BMW and Mercedes from the DTM series, as well as Honda, Lexus and Nissan from the Super GT series will compete at the end of 2017. Then, at the beginning of 2018, they will return to Germany, where they will also try to adapt the IMSA platform, which means that the invited teams will also
Mercedes moto sports boss Toto Wolff has sold shares in HWA, which is developing DTM series race cars for the German carmaker. Wolff's share is not so negligible, as he has owned as much as 2006% of the company in which he has been on the board since 49. No ja Toto has sold only 2013% of the shares to Hans Wener Aufrecht - co-founder of HWA AG. Aufrecht now owns 12% of the company's shares. According to HWA, the purchase value per share was € 40. HWA CEO Ulrich Fritz said he was pleased that Aufrecht now owns 18% of the shares: "He founded the company, which is now Mercedes-AMG GmbH and then HWA AG in 40. We are therefore pleased to remain closely linked to us. This is a very good sign for the company and the future of the company. "
Ahead of us are the qualifiers for the second race of the DTM series in Hockenheim, which starts at 13:30. In the first race, full of happenings and accidents, Jamie Green celebrated. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP-VlI4bqCY
Bruno Spengler has a very positive view of the two-race racing weekend, which he believes will be good for both racers and fans. Bruno will be in the DTM championship for the eleventh year this year, where he also won the title in 2012, and he describes the change in two races on the race weekend very positively: "We will all win. Even driving on Fridays will be good for fans. we will see the action on the track on the first day. Everything will take place continuously, in one day there will be training, qualifications and also a race. It will be difficult to catch your breath, but I still believe that it will be good for everyone. However, this does not mean that we will have an easier job, and it will be the most difficult for mechanics who will not have time to repair and prepare racing cars, as well as will not have time to rest.