Apart from the Nürburgring, the Hockenheimring is the most tradition-rich German racetrack and staged its first events back in 1932. Since the DTM debut season, back in 1984, Hockenheim has been a constant on the DTM calendar, with the 1985 season representing the only exception. Since 1995, every DTM season has been kicked-off in Baden-Württemberg. This is the event that demonstrates how well the manufacturers and teams prepared for the forthcoming season and which drivers have got what it takes to become a factor in the battle for the title. Since the revival of the series in 2000, the Mercedes camp dominated the season kick-off more often than any other manufacturer. 12 of the total of 22 races were won by the brand with the star. The latest season kick-off win for the Stuttgarters was secured last year by Lucas Auer.
The DTM carries out two races on all race weekends. The distance is always 55 minutes plus one lap.
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In the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, super sports cars from Ingolstadt are entering the race.
|Opened||29. Mai 1932|
|Track length||4,574 km|
|DTM-Lap record||1:32,456 Min. (15. Oktober 2017)|
|Driven by||Jamie Green (Audi)|
|Most victories||Bernd Schneider (8)|
|The best brand||Mercedes (22)|
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Food and drinks The Bratwurst at Hockenheim is particularly tasty.
On the town: Hockenheim is located in the north-west of Baden-Württemberg, some 15 kilometres to the south of Heidelberg and has got some 21,000 citizens.
Grandstand lead: Grandstand 'Süd - Oberrang': perfect view from beginning of the stadium section to the end of the home straight. Be fast, always sold out early.
Excursion leads: Right at the circuit, the spectator can visit the Motor-Sport-Museum at the Hockenheimring. 300 exhibits from all the motor-sport eras are exposed on an exhibition space of more than 2,200 metres.
To be tasted at all costs: The regional specialties comprise - inter alia - lentils with Spätzle (traditional Swabian Pasta), Schupfnudeln (another traditional, thick kind of pasta, made of potatoes, flour and eggs) and Maultaschen (traditional stuffed pasta) that either are scalded or roasted with onions and egg.