The year 1999 represented the final chapter for Berlin’s legendary AVUS. A significant era of the German motor-racing history was over – but a new one was about to begin. Just a year after the AVUS closing ceremony, on 20 August 20000, 110,000 motor-racing enthusiasts travelled to the Klettwitz for the opening of the Lausitzring. And two weeks later, DTM made its debut at the youngest circuit of the country. And returned to the race venue every year since – although the debut in Brandenburg turned out to be a flop due to horrid weather.
Due to torrential rain, the race in September 2000 that was started behind the safety car to then be aborted by the race control after just a few laps. Nonetheless, the Lausitzring has been an integral part of the DTM race calendar, since then. In the past 15 years, the GP circuit located in the Lausitz region staged a total of 17 races. 11 of these races were won by Mercedes-Benz drivers, BMW’s Bruno Spengler clinched the race win in 2012 and five times, an Audi driver crossed the line as race winner. In 2015, the Ingolstadters displayed a nearly frightening dominance. Jamie Green won both races at the 3.478-kilometre circuit, thus delighting the fans on the huge grandstand. The monumental building that offers space for 25,000 visitors is the Lausitzring’s landmark.
As an additional extra, the Lausitzring features the only tri-oval on German ground. Back in 2001, single-seaters achieved average speeds of 330kph, on this racetrack. DTM, however, contests its races on the Lausitzring’s GP circuit. On the long straights, the DTM drivers accelerate their Audis, BMWs and Mercedes-Benz’ to more than 240kph. The DTM lap record was established by Mike Rockenfeller in 2013. With his Audi, he crossed the line in 1:18.268 minutes. From 03rd to 05th June, the DTM drivers once again will try to break this record.