For about 40 years, Styria has been staging motor-sport events. Back in 1969, the circuit was opened under the name 'Österreichring'. A project that experienced many ups and downs, in the past decades, thus reflecting the track layout. Nowhere else, the DTM drivers have to cope with similarly steep uphill sections like at the circuit in Austria's 'Murtal' (Mur Valley). Since 2011, the series has been a guest at the Red Bull Ring - the official name since the circuit was reopened in 2010 - in every year. Spielberg's picturesque Alps panorama makes for a special atmosphere and the track layout for thrilling races. The past season didn't represent an exception: the weekend at Spielberg once again provided spectacular and electrifying motor racing.
|Opened||26. Juli 1969|
|Track length||4,326 km|
|DTM-Lap record||1:23,442 Min. (21. Mai 2016)|
|Driven by||Mattias Ekström (Audi)|
|Most victories||Wittmann, Mortara, Fässler, Ekström (2)|
|The best brand||Audi (6)|
Nearly no other European circuit is located in a landscape as beautiful as the environment of the Red Bull Ring. The GP circuit located in front of the picturesque backdrop represented by the Austrian Alps features several special topography-caused sections that make for extraordinary challenges for the drivers. In the past, the circuit located in Styria that was opened on 26th July 1969 as 'Österreichring' was regarded as the fastest racetrack in the world. A high-speed circuit with characteristics that often represented major problems for organisers and drivers.
DTM made its first appearance at Spielberg in 2001. The winner in that year: the coming champion Bernd Schneider with a Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM. But when DTM made its first appearance in Styria, the track layout already differed a lot from the one of the early years. Following several bad accidents, the circuit was modified and shortened from 1995 to 1996 and re-named 'A1-Ring'. The fast corners that demanded extreme courage were eased and several stop-and-go sections offered a lot of overtaking possibilities, thus making for thrilling race action. A trend-setting characteristic. In the following years, the A1-Ring proved to be the example for many new circuits - inter alia for the modification of the Hockenheimring. In the two years after Bernd Schneider's win in DTM's A1-Ring debut in 2001, Marcel Fässler won the races for the brand with the star and then, the Austrian circuit apparently was about to face the end of its history.
Following an investor change and a lot of political bickering, the circuit was partly demolished before being rebuilt from 2008 under the name 'Project Spielberg'. The new operator, Red Bull, re-named the Facility 'Red Bull Ring' and DTM was the first major series to announce to race at the circuit in 2011. On 15th May, 2011, the works were completed, the new circuit was opened - ad just two months later Audi's Martin Tomczyk won the race at Spielberg on his way to securing the title.
… DTM already raced at Spielberg before 2011. It comes as no surprise that the races in 2001, 2002 and 2003 still were held at the old track layout.
... the DTM race in 2011 was the first major venue held at the new Red Bull Ring after the massive modification of the facility. Since then, DTM has stopped at the Red Bull Ring in every season.
...that Bernd Schneider succeeded in securing the 2001 title early, in Austria.
...the series also raced in Austria in the era of 'Old DTM'. In 1987 and 1988, however, the Salzburgring staged the Austrian DTM rounds.
... Audi gambled the 2014 title away, in Styria. Following the controversial manoeuvre of Timo Scheider and the 'Push him off' affair connected to it, the manufacturer was deprived of all the points scored in the Sunday race for the manufacturers' ranking.
... Lucas Auer was - in 2015 - the first Austrian since Karl Wendlinger - in 2003 - to have contested a DTM race in Austria. In his rookie season, Auer finished sixth in the Sunday race at the Red Bull Ring, thus securing the best result in his DTM career so far.
... a total of nine drivers made it to the points in the history of DTM. The drivers who did so are - in alphabetical order: Lucas Auer (since 2015) Gerhard Berger (1985), Franz Klammer (1985 to 1987), Mathias Lauda (2007 to 2009), Roland Ratzenberger (1989), Mercedes Stermitz (1988), Dieter Quester (1988 to 1990), Karl Wendlinger (1989, 2002 to 2003) and Alex Wurz (1996).
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Size: ca 10 000m²
Distance to track: 100m
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Size: 300 – 350 plots
Distance to track: 200m
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Größe: 200 plots
Distance to track: 125m
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Size: 60 000m²
Distance to track: 150m
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Pocket guide and map can be found in the week before the event at this point.
On the city: Spielberg is located in the heart of the 'Murtal' (Mur Valley) in Upper Styria, some 50 kilometres away from Graz. The town has got about 5,200 citizens.
Grandstand lead: 'Westtribüne': perfect view of the first, tight corner and the battles for position that can be witnessed there.
Styria - Austria's green heart: There are quite a number of possibilities for discovering Styria. By mountain hikes or on fixed rope routes around Dachstein and Hochschwab in the north or on the hiking trails around apple, vine and pumpkin in the south. www.steiermark.com, www.steiermark-touristik.com
The must-have souvenir & to be tried at all costs Typical for the 'Murtal' arguably is the 'Murtaler Steirerkäs' (Special cheese from Styria's Murtal). It is a firm cooking cheese that enchants every palate, with its hearty-spicy taste.
Culture lead What is a 'Massenkuchenpresse' and how does a 'Verschneidebock' look like? These questions are answered in the 'Murauer Brauereimuseum' (Murau Brewing Museum'. In the awesome vaulted cellar, you can admire brewing tools that are far more than 100 years old. A visit that will amaze your entire family.
For party goers: Not the partying capital par excellence but it has got what it takes to always make for high spirits. There are nice, small bars to be discovered and they all reflect the Austrian charm. You want the music louder? Well, then hit the road to Graz that offers a broader range of partying and clubbing opportunities.
Shop here Regional and organic food right from the farmers. No problem to find in the major city of Graz due to traditional farmer markets. The farmers from the region come here to sell what they harvested, no matter how bad the weather may be. The range depends on the season and all the products available always are fresh.