Surprising Sunday dominance at Norisring

It was yet another exciting race day, when the DTM series for the second day in a row drove at the classical Norisring. Audi had overtaken the qualifying, where the winner from yesterday, Rene Rast, was on Pole Position ahead of Nico Müller and Loic Duval. Philipp Eng, Bruno Spengler and Sheldon van der Linde were next, before Jamie Green in P7. In fact, Green was the second best in the quali, but he got a five-grid penalty for ignoring a red flag during qualifying. Mike Rockenfeller and Jake Dennis…

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Typical turbulent Norisring

The DTM series had come to Norisring, which almost guarantees a turbulent race. Nico Müller had secured Pole Position. But after that there was confusion. Philipp Eng had the second fastest time, but he got a three-grid penalty due to blocking another driver in qualifying. Loic Duval should’ve started third but the team broke the Parc Ferme rules after qualifying and hence he had to start second to last – right ahead of his Audi teammate Mike Rockenfeller who had the same fate after being qualified in P8. Thus the…

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BTCC Oulton Park, controversy and Turkington success.

The weekend of June 29th & 30th saw the British Touring Car Championship roll up into the Cheshire parkland circuit of Oulton Park, one of the most challenging and formidable tracks on the calender. Oulton Park is an undulating rollercoaster of a track and has the added challenge of lots of little lumps, bumps and cambered corners. Saturday saw the circuit bake in temperature of 29degrees as the European heatwave arrived in the UK. Honda & BMW paced the two free practice sessions, qualifying for Race 1 saw a mad…

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Hankook extends DTM contract

The Korean tire manufacturer Hankook has signed a new deal with Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters. The new deal runs until the end of 2023, so there will be stability on the tire supplying side of things. Hankook started delivering tires for DTM in 2011, where there hadn’t been any tire war since the series was re-launched in Year 2000. Dunlop had been sole tire supplier for the first 11 seasons. Hankook entered the DTM in 2011 to promote their brand. They were bidding on becoming Formula 1 tire supplier around the…

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BTCC Croft, Jordan doubles down & Turkington consolidates.

The British Touring Car Championship roared back into action last weekend in front of a capacity crowd at Croft in North Yorkshire. The weather over the weekend was atypically Yorkshire, it was wet, very wet and then there was glorious sunshine and it was wet….again. The Friday and Saturday saw heavy rain affect both days, the UK had been lashed all week by heavy rain which had caused flooding in different parts of the country, luckily Croft was unaffected by flooding. The Saturday qualifying session saw no less than 5…

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Puncture decided DTM Sunday race

If the Saturday was hot in Misano, the Sunday was scorching, in the sixth round of DTM 2019. Audi Sport was even more dominant in Sunday’s qualifying than in the qualifying for the Saturday’s race. Today they didn’t only claim the first four positions, but first to fifth were taken by Audi drivers: Rene Rast, Robin Frijns, Jonathan Aberdein, Nico Müller, and Pietro Fittipaldi. Marco Wittmann celebrated his 100th race, but he had to be satisfied with P6. The four R-Motorsport Aston Martin cars would start from P15 to 18,…

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Italian warmth in Saturday’s DTM race

DTM headed to Italy for the fifth and sixth rounds on Misano circuit, southeast of Bologna. The race on Saturday was run under sunshine and warmth. Opposed to last year, the races this weekend would be run in the afternoon as usual. Rene Rast had taken Pole Position, in a pure Audi show. Jonathan Aberdein, Loic Duval and Robin Frijns were P2 to P4, before Sheldon van der Linde as the best BMW driver. Jake Dennis was the best Aston Martin in P13, right in front of his teammate Daniel…

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Fittipaldi will do Misano after all

Pietro Fittipaldi will be doing the DTM race at Misano after all, this coming weekend. The Brazilian wasn’t scheduled to do the race for WRT Team Audi Sport, since he was going to be on reserve driver duty for HAAS F1 Team. So it was announced several weeks ago, that Andrea Dovizioso would race in the car instead, for this single weekend. But Audi Sport Team Rosberg has run into a problem – or in fact an appendicitis issue for Jamie Green, which he needed surgery for. So he is…

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BTCC Thruxton round 4 review

The weekend of May 18th to the 19th sees the BTCC rock up at Thruxton for the third round of the championship. Thruxton is the fastest circuit in the UK, it’s a fearsome place characterised by fast sweeping corners and long straights; like any truly old school track, it’s a circuit that demands commitment and bravery, the faint of heart need not apply. Practice on Saturday saw the Honda Civic Type R’s of Dan Cammish & Matt Neal pace the day, the Honda’s relatively low drag profile but strong engine…

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Belgium welcomed back DTM

The third round of this season’s DTM was run on the Belgian Zolder, in nice 26 degrees air temperature. It was the first time since 2002 that the series were back to the track – and actually it was the place where the DTM series started in 1984. Since then DTM had visited Spa Francorchamps, but they primarily drove in the Netherlands, where the Zandvoort circuit was close by. The weather for the race on Saturday was perfectly sunny, and championship leader Marco Wittmann used it to his advantage to…

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MotoGP star will get DTM start

There will be one special driver on the track, when the DTM visits Italian Misano on 8-9 June. MotoGP star Andrea Dovizioso will be racing for WRT Team Audi Sport, since Pietro Fittipaldi has to be in Canada that weekend, in regards to his reserve driver role at HAAS F1 Team. Dovizioso usually races for Ducati in MotoGP, which is a company under the same VAG umbrella as Audi. It’s still a bit of a strange choice, since a DTM car isn’t something you just jump into, and then being…

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DTM cars 2019

The DTM series had their final collective test at Lausitzring, ahead of the season start at Hockenheim in two weeks’ time. Here’s a picture of each of the cars running at the test. Pietro Fittipaldi wasn’t at the track, so we refer to the graphics that the team released at his announcement. BMW had only brought three of their six liveries to the track, but had also released the design of Joel Eriksson’s car. R-Motorsport with the Aston Martin cars, had brought two of their four cars for this test.…

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BTCC Donington Park review

Round 2 of the BTCC sees the championship move from the short, quickfire Brand Hatch Indy circuit to the high speed sweeps of Donington Park, home of the fearsome Craner Curves. Saturday saw a day affected by high winds and rain, courtesy of Storm Hannah, lashing the UK with heavy rain and high winds. Race day on Sunday dawned to overcast but dry conditions but with a potential for rain later on in the day. Colin Turkington took pole position on Saturday for Race 1, it marks Turkington’s first pole…

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DTM 2019 field complete

All 18 DTM drivers for the 2019 season have now been announced. The final driver was revealed today, with Pietro Fittipaldi joining Audi Sport Team WRT. He’ll be teammates with Jonathan Aberdein. WRT is a new name in the DTM sport, but certainly not at Audi Sport. WRT has their base in Belgium, and has raced with Audi cars for nearly ten years, with the R8 LMS GT3 being the primary car, but more recently also the RS 3 LMS TCR car. They have been allowed to run two Audi…

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BTCC Round 1: Brands Hatch Indy review.

The first round of the 2019 BTCC saw drama, surprises and close racing in abundance in all 3 races throughout raceday on Sunday. On Sunday morning as fans packed into the natural bowl of Brands Hatch, they were met with atypical British gloom. It was cold, wet and very, very foggy. So much so, that there was the potential for the opening race of the season of being postponed due to the thick fog. Luckily, this wasn’t the case. Race 1 already had drama before it began. The fog and…

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British Touring Car Championship 2019 season preview.

Welcome, to the 2019 British Touring Car Championship season preview. 2019 is set to be another stellar year for the evergreen BTCC with revisions to the championship calendar, new teams, drivers and cars. We’ll start with changed to the championship & calendar and move on to the teams, drivers and cars following that. The Championship. For 2019 there are changes abound. The closure of Rockingham at the end of 2018 left a gap on the calendar, which has been replaced by a second outing at Thruxton which means the fastest…

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DTM and SUPER GT confirms common races

There have been talks for a long time, but the dates are finally confirmed. DTM and SUPER GT will meet at two race meetings in 2019. The first time will be at the DTM season finale at Hockenheim on 5-6 October, where Honda, Lexus and Nissan will send one car each, to participate in the DTM race. DTM will go to Japan on 23-24 November, where a common non-championship race with SUPER GT will be held at Fuji International Speedway. DTM promises at least 12 cars on the trip. If…

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Aston Martin has done their first meters

R-Motorsport has done the first laps in their brand new Aston Martin DTM car. Paul Di Resta left the pits on Monday afternoon, to do a few laps on the Jerez circuit in the south of Spain. There has been 90 days of development of the car – with the small asterisk, that the car is based on the Mercedes chassis, that R-Motorsport partner HWA built for the German brand. The two cars have some similarities, but have a significantly different front bumper, in the characteristic Aston Martin Vantage shape,…

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R-Motorsport with 4 cars

They will be very busy in the south of Germany and the northern part of Switzerland the next few months. R-Motorsport will not only enter two DTM cars, but four cars at the start of the season at Hockenheim in May. Ferdinand Habsburg and Daniel Juncadella will join Paul Di Resta and Jake Dennis, who was announced last week. At that point, it only sounded like two cars from the start, but that has been doubled to four now. Habsburg is 21 years old and born in Austria. He is…

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First Aston Martin drivers announced

R-Motorsport has announced the first two Aston Marting driver for the 2019 DTM season. The Swiss team has been allowed to call the DTM cars, which are developed by HWA, for Aston Martin. The programme is purely private, and has nothing to do with the manufacturer itself. The team has opted to go for experience and youth. The 2010 DTM Champion Paul Di Resta was announced this morning, while the talented Jake Dennis was announced later in the day. HWA knows Di Resta very well, since he has been driving…

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