The Hungaroring staged just four DTM race meetings to date. In 1988 the series made its debut at the Hungarian racetrack located not far from Budapest. In 2014, DTM returned to the Hungarian race venue for its second appearance and in 2016, after a one year break, it was back for its third. While Formula One has been racing at the circuit year by year for decades, this year's DTM race meeting will be the only fifth held in the 'flat plate'. A name the circuit was given because of its topography. As the circuit was built in a valley, the spectators on the higher-placed grandstands can see 80 percent of the racetrack - perfect conditions for the fans.
The DTM carries out two races on all race weekends. The distance is always 55 minutes plus one lap.
The FIA Formula 3 European Championship is the leading junior series in Europe. Anyone who shines here has good prospects for a cockpit in the DTM or Formula 1.
In the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, super sports cars from Ingolstadt are entering the race.
|Track length||4,381 km|
|DTM-Lap record||1:36,538 Min. (2016)|
|Driven by||Mattias Ekström (Audi)|
|Most victories||Rast, Di Resta, Mortara, Ekström, Wittmann (1)|
|The best brand||Audi (3)|
The Hungaroring is a history-charged racetrack. When the circuit located not far from Hungary's capital, Budapest, was finalised it staged the first Hungarian Formula One GP. Formula One was the first guest. At the same time, it was the very first Formula One race held during the Cold War in a communist country. Nelson Piquet won the debut race in a Williams-Honda and repeated this triumph in the following year. And two years after Formula One's debut appearance at the Hungaroring, DTM also made its first stop at the Hungaroring.
One who felt comfortable in Hungary right away was Jonny Cecotto. In his Mercedes 190E he dominated both rounds of the 1988 race weekend - in those days, the DTM drivers still had to contest two races on one day. In the first race he was joined on the podium by his fellow Mercedes driver Kurt Thiim and Klaus Niedzwiedz in a Ford Sierra Cosworth. In the second race, this pairing again proved to be the toughest rivals of Cecotto, with Niedzwiedz finishing second and Thiim third, this time.
I took DTM 26 long years to return to Hungary. The Mercedes dominance witnessed in 1988 was history. In 2014, the Stuttgarters had no chance at all while BMW's Marco Wittmann added important points to his tally on the way to winning the title. Wittmann won with Miguel Molina (Audi) finishing second and his fellow BMW driver Bruno Spengler completing the podium. With this success in the third race meeting of the season, Wittmann took the championship lead to defend it until the season was over.
After a one-year break DTM returned to the 'Paris of the East'. This time, the race meeting was dominated by Audi. Mattias Ekström established a new lap record with a 1:36.538-minute lap and won one of the races. Fellow Audi driver Edoardo Mortara secured both pole positions and won the other race. And in the following year, Audi's René Rast clinched both pole positions and won the Sunday race while Mercedes-AMG driver Paul Di Resta won on Saturday.
...Hungary became - in 2014 - the 14th nation DTM raced in since the series' revival in 2000. Furthermore, the Hungaroring is the 25th circuit DTM raced at since 2000.
...DTM will race in Hungary for the fifth time, after 1988, 2014, 2016 and 2017.
...Venezuela's Johnny Cecotto in his Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.3-16 won both races of the DTM debut in Hungary, in 1988.
...Cecotto secured the pole by establishing a lap record with his 1:55.59-minute qualifying lap.
...Marco Wittmann dominated the 2014 Hungaroring weekend. On the way to his first title the BMW driver secured the pole and also won the race.
...Mattias Ekström set the fastest race lap achieved with a DTM car in Hungary. In 2016, the Swedish Audi driver crossed the line in 1:36.538 minutes. .
...that the track length in 1988 amounted to 4.013 kilometres. In 2014 and since 2016, however, the DTM races were held at the Hungaroring's 4.381-kilometre version.
…that activating the DRS on the home straight results in a 10kph-gain what means that the DTM cars at the Hungaroring are accelerated to a top speed of about 260kph.
...René Rast commuted with a plain between the Spa 24h Race and the Porsche Supercup in Hungary, in 2012.
Plan my event
Pocket guide and map can be found in the week before the event at this point.
To be tried at all costs: On every evening, the 'Tasting Table' offers wine tastings including local specialties in an authentic wine cellar.
Culture lead: From the castle hill you have got a very nice view of the district Pest. A must for every visitor. And the park below also invites to linger.