Audi dominated Sunday at Brands Hatch

It was an Audi dominated Sunday, when round twelve of this year’s DTM season was run at British Brands Hatch. All eight Audi drivers were 1-8 on the starting grid, with Rene Rast fastest ahead of Loic Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Mike Rockenfeller, Nico Müller, Pietro Fittipaldi and Jonathan Aberdein. Philipp Eng was the best BMW driver in P9, before Daniel Juncadella qualified R-Motorsport Aston Martin in P10. Loic Duval had the best start and came out first in Turn 1, in front of Rast and Green. Rast was…

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Changeable Saturday at Brands Hatch

DTM was back at the British track Brands Hatch, where the German touring car series used the long Grand Prix version, instead of the Indy version, which the series has previously used. Marco Wittmann had grabbed Pole Position, in a qualifying that started wet but slowly dried up. Rene Rast started in P2, ahead of Loic Duval, and the local surprise, Paul Di Resta. It was good to see BMW, Audi and R-Motorsports Aston Martin all in top four. Pietro Fittipaldi unfortunately wasn’t able to participate today, since he went…

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Audi dominance with a twist

The weather was the opposite of yesterday for the second DTM race in Assen, where the asphalt was bone dry for the tenth round of the season. Rene Rast led an Audi dominant qualifying, followed Jonathan Aberdein, Mike Rockenfeller, Nico Müller and Robin Frijns. Sheldon van der Linde squeezed a BMW in front of Loic Duval in another Audi. Daniel Juncadella was once again the best R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver, but like yesterday he was down to P14. Yesterday’s winner Marco Wittmann would start the race for the last place,…

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Wet DTM race in Assen

It was a wet debut at the Dutch Assen track for DTM. Shortly before the race on Saturday, the heavens opened and water came pouring down on the spectators. Marco Wittmann had taken Pole Position in the dry, in front of the championship leader Rene Rast, Loic Duval, Pietro Fittipaldi, Timo Glock, Nico Müller, Sheldon van der Linde and Bruno Spengler. The best R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver was Daniel Juncadella in P14. Sadly the four new cars would again start from the back of the starting grid. Robin Frijns had…

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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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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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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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Late Safety Car created extra action at Zolder

The qualifying to the fourth round of the 2019 DTM season was run at Zolder track in Belgium. Sheldon van der Linde had taken Pole Position, in his only fourth DTM race, ahead of Rene Rast, yesterday’s winner Philipp Eng, Robin Frijns, and Timo Glock. It was yet another good mixed starting grid with BMW, Audi, BMW, Audi and BMW. The race would unfortunately be without Paul Di Resta, since the R-Motorsport team had some technical problems in the qualifying and chose not to start the Aston Martin car. Just…

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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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Dry Sunday race at Hockenheim

Unlike the DTM race on Saturday, the teams were greeted by dry asphalt for the Sunday race. Philipp Eng had taken Pole Position ahead of yesterday’s winner, Marco Wittmann. Robin Frijns was the best non-BMW driver in P3, right in front of his teammate Nico Müller, while we had to go down to P14 to find the best Aston Martin in the shape of Daniel Juncadella. Rene Rast would start the race all the way back in P16 due to technical problems in qualifying, where the car suddenly stopped during…

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A wet start of the DTM season

The 2019 season in Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters was started on a very wet Hockenheimring. Marco Wittmann had taken Pole Position ahead of Mike Rockenfeller and Paul Di Resta. Thus it was BMW, Audi and Aston Martin in the first three places. They were followed by a couple of Audi drivers with Rene Rast and Robin Frijns, before Jake Dennis qualified another Aston in top six. Philipp Eng unfortunately didn’t qualify due to technical problems with the car. He would start from the back of the grid. Jonathan Aberdein had to…

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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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