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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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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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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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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Audi goes to Lanzarote

Audi Sport has had their works drivers on a small trip to Lanzarote. But this wasn’t pure holiday, even though the weather was perfect for it, but their now legendary fitness week. This was the fourth time that the team had gone for Club La Santa, where Tom Kristensen and the team physio Vincenzo Tota had planned a week of secret activities for the 8 works drivers in DTM and Formula E. Loic Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Nico Müller, Rene Rast, Mike Rockenfeller, Lucas di Grassi and Daniel Abt…

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Recently retired Schnitzer BMW Team principal Charly Lamm dies suddenly at the age of 63

Only two months after his retirement as team principal of the Schnitzer BMW Team – right after the Macau Grand Prix which Augusto Farfus won for Schnitzer in a BMW M6 GT3 – Charly (Karl) Lamm has died rather suddenly at the age of 63 years on Thursday January 24th, 2019, after a very short but severe illness. Photo: BMW Motorsport This news today has put a large part of the motorsport world in shock and sadness.  Team Schnitzer, BMW Motorsport, drivers, fans, and even BMW’s competitors, issued statements on…

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ROWE RACING to compete with 2 Porsche 911 GT3 R in the 24 Hours of Spa and in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup 2019

The German team ROWE RACING announced this week that they will return to the Spa 24 Hours race on July 27th-28th, 2019 – the place of their biggest successes, with a victory in 2016 and 2nd place in 2018 – with two Porsche 911 GT3 R, and six Porsche works drivers and Porsche Young Professionals.  The driver line up for one of the Porsche 911 GT3 R in Spa will be Le Mans Winner Nick Tandy (Great Britain) together with 2 French drivers, Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet.  The second…

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DTM turns up the wick

DTM 2019 will be the fastest season in the 35 years of series history. As previously mentioned on Racing24-7.net, there will be new cars and new engines. While the cars basically looks the same – at least a few metres away, there will be a totally different type of engine in the cars. A two litres, four cylinders turbo engine will produce just over 600 bhp, and with the minimum weight going down to just 981 kg excluding the driver, things will really be spiced up. That gives a power…

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Sheldon van der Linde new DTM driver

History will be made in DTM, when the season starts at Hockenheim in May 2019. Sheldon van der Linde has signed a deal with BMW Motorsport, and will be the first South African driver in the series, in its 35-year long history. The only 19 year-old racing driver has taken the jump from an Audi seat in the ADAC GT Masters amongst other things, where he most recently has been driving with his brother Kelvin at Montaplast by Land-Motorsport. So it was a bit of a surprise, when his name…

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No DTM night race in 2019

DTM has once again made some small adjustments to the weekend schedule, when the 2019 season starts on the first weekend of May. All the races during the season will start at 13.30 local time, which only will give an impact on the starting time for the European viewers, when the series goes to Brands Hatch, which will be on 14.30 European time. That results in the series going away from that night race, that was held in Misano in Italy in 2018. It gave a different feeling for the…

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No changes at Audi

There will be no changes at Audi Sport, when the 2019 DTM season starts in May. Loic Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Nico Müller plus the two DTM champions Mike Rockenfeller and Rene Rast will once again race for the German team. It’s still Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline, Team Phoenix and Team Rosberg running the six cars. There will be a slight change, however, just like that the opposition from BMW and Aston Martin, will have to go for the new and more power full turbo engines. The six…

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Farfus ends DTM career – races on in GT

Augusto Farfus has chosen to stop in the DTM series, and instead focusing on GT Racing. The Brazilian has done 7 DTM seasons, and has been swapping and changing between sprint races and endurance/GT racing ever since his arrive at the manufacturer in 2007. He has done sprint races like WTCC and DTM plus endurance like Nürburgring 24 Hours, Spa 24 Hours and the IMSA endurance rounds in the USA. He was chosen to race in the FIA World Endurance Championship with their BMW M8 GTE car, that made it’s…

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The championship finished in a close race

The very last DTM race in 2018 was run at Hockenheim, and like yesterday, under beautiful blue sky. Marco Wittmann had improved from yesterday’s nightmare race and grabbed a BMW Pole Position. One of the championship contenders Rene Rast would start from P2, right in front of the championship leader Gary Paffett. The other contender for the championship, Paul Di Resta started the race all the way down from P11. Rast got a perfect start. He already went in front before Turn 1, and had a big lead towards Turn…

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New DTM record on a sunny day

A new DTM record was set, under a sunny Saturday at Höckenheim. Lucas Auer  had taken Pole Position ahead of championship contender Gary Paffett. Rene Rast was the other championship contender, and was the same time the best Audi driver in P3, followed by the first BMW driver, Augusto Farfus. Paul di Resta was the last championship candidate and had to start the race from P6. Marco Wittmann must start from the last position, after having an accident in the training, which prompted him to miss the qualifying. Auer and…

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WRT enters DTM

The Belgian racing team, WRT, will be a new team in the DTM series, when the 2019 season starts on 3 to 5 May. The team has made an agreement with Audi Sport, who will deliver two brand new Audi RS 5 DTM cars. They will be the first costumer team in the DTM series, who is not directly connected to the constructor. ABT Sportline, Phoenix Racing and Team Rosberg has been partners with Audi Sport in the DTM for mnay years. WRT are not unknown for the German brand…

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