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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DTM 2019 schedule is out

The 2019 DTM schedule has been announced today by the organizers behind the series, ITR. There will be 9 rounds, on 8 different circuits. 6 of those were on the 2018 version too, while the other two are new. The season will start at Hockenheim in May, starting with a date clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa Francorchamps, which BMW surely won’t be happy about. That round will be followed by the first new one compared to 2018, in the shape of the Belgian Zolder circuit.…

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New DTM constructor in 2019

There will be a new constructor in DTM in the coming season. This evening, R-Motorsport announced that they will collaborate with HWA, building an Aston Martin Vantage DTM car, that they intent to participate with in the 2019 season. HWA has been partners with Mercedes-AMG in DTM, but since the big German car brand has chosen to pull out after the 2018 season, HWA has time to help others with a DTM programme and loads of knowledge. They will also be behind Mercedes-AMG’s new ABB FIA Formula E Championship programme,…

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The surprises continued in Austria

After yesterday’s turbulent race, it looked like another dramatic day was waiting at Red Bull Ring in DTM. Gary Paffett had taken Pole Position ahead of Nico Müller and Championship leader Paul Di Resta. Yesterday’s winner Rene Rast would start from P7, while yesterday’s Polesitter Daniel Juncadella would start from eighth. Opposite to the race yesterday, it started on a bone-dry asphalt, with lots of sunshine. Paffett got the best start, but Rast did a super start and was up to P4 after only three corners. There was close driving…

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Nothing decided before the chequered flag in Spielberg

The DTM circus arrived in Spielberg, Austria, for 17th round of the season Saturday started with rain at the Red Bull Ring, which cause the teams to tear their hair out in the qualifying. Daniel Juncadella had taken Pole Position for Mercedes-AMG while Timo Glock had taken his yellow BMW to P2. Mike Rockenfeller was the best Audi man in P3, before the championship contender Paul Di Resta who would start fourth. The championship leader Gary Paffett was all the way back to P10 – just behind third driver in…

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Wehrlein leaves Mercedes

Pascal Wehrlein will leave Mercedes-AMG, when the 2018 DTM season ends. That has been announced by Mercedes-AMG today. Wehrlein has been with the manufacturer for 6 seasons, where he stepped into the DTM in 2013 as the youngest driver ever. He became the youngest race winner in the history in 2014, before claiming the DTM Title in 2015, as the youngest champion ever. The quick rise sent him to Formula 1 in 2016 at Manor, before he moved to Sauber in 2017. The Formula 1 musical chairs 2018 stopped without…

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Dominance through the whole weekend

Rene Rast had taken Pole Position for second day in a row, in the 16th DTM round at the Nürburgring. The Audi Sport driver beat Mercedes-AMG man Gary Paffett and Philipp Eng from BMW. A number of BMW and Mercedes drivers came after them, while Mike Rockenfeller, like yesterday’s race, was the second best Audi driver. The sun was shining when the 18 cars cruised down to Turn 1. Even though Rene Rast was first in Turn 1, Lucas Auer did a fantastic start from P5 and was already P2…

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Podium decided on the penultimate lap

Round 15 of DTM was run on the short version of Nürburgring Grand Prix Strecke, leaving about 30% of the lap that we know from Formula 1 races. The Audi Sport driver Rene Rast had taken Pole Position ahead of Mercedes-AMG man Gary Paffett and BMW driver Bruno Spengler. After that there was a mix of Mercedes and BMW drivers until we found the second Audi driver, Mike Rockenfeller, in P11. The 55 minutes plus a lap race started under clear blue sky; perfect conditions for the drivers. While top…

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