DTM to race for the first time at Dijon-Prenois
On 11th October, DTM will make its maiden appearance at Dijon-Prenois, the former French-GP circuit. The racetrack is located in the picturesque Burgundy region in Eastern France, some 15 kilometres from Dijon. The city is famous – beyond the borders – for its gastronomy, its vintage wines such as ‘Kir’ and ‘Cremant’ as well as the ‘Dijon Mustard’.
Between 1974 and 1984, the ‘Circuit Dijon-Prenois’ that was opened in 1972 following a two-year construction phase staged four French Formula 1 Grands Prix. In 1982, the French circuit was the venue of that year’s only GP win of today’s DTM-Team owner and 1982 Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg on the way to securing the title. The original layout was revamped in 1975 and extended from 3.289 to 3.801 kilometres. In the 1990s, the circuit facilities were modernised under the direction of Danny Snobeck, a former DTM driver – and the circuit Director in those years.
The 3.801-kilometre track features just eight corners but the difference in altitude from its lowest to its highest pot amounts to 30 metres. The corner Parabolique represents a true highlight for every motor-racing enthusiast: it features a radius of 50 metres and while it is slightly banked at the beginning, it is tapered towards its periphery at its exit. Furthermore, the incline. The final two right-handers also belong to the circuit’s key spots. Here, the balance of the car must be 100 percent perfect to have the chance of entering the long and slightly inclined pit straight with maximum momentum. Niki Lauda, Formula 1 World Champion and father of today’s DTM driver Mathias Lauda, described this section in 1982 as “The worst lateral-forces corners of all the European racetracks.”