For the DTM fraternity, it’s the longest voyage in the 2016 season: to get to the youngest venue on the DTM calendar, DTM has to cover more than 2000 kilometres. On 13th July, 2012, the circuit located at Wolokolamsk, some 80 kilometres north of Moscow was inaugurated after a construction period of four years. In 2013, DTM made its debut appearance at the Russian venue and this year, from 19th to 21st August, it will stop at the Moscow Raceway for the fourth consecutive time. The 24 drivers will be forced to take themselves and their cars to the very limit, at the challenging 3.931-kilometre circuit.
The Moscow Raceway allows the drivers nearly no time for a breather. The circuit is packed with numerous corner combinations and so, the drivers have to cope with permanent changes of direction. Racing here is a true challenge for the drivers who have to work extremely hard lap by lap. This is caused, inter alia, by the fact that there is virtually only one overtaking possibility: at the end of the one-kilometre straight taking the drivers to the home straight. The DTM races contested in Russia so far regularly demonstrated that there often are smaller bunches of cars regularly entertaining the crowds with thrilling battles over the course of the rest of the lap.
In the still short history of DTM racing in Russia, no manufacturer succeeded in clearly outperforming the other two. BMW and Mercedes-Benz secured one race win each, with Audi prevailing in two races. Mike Rockenfeller, however, may call himself a Moscow expert. After all he is the one who gave Audi the two wins in Eastern Europe. Rockenfeller won DTM’s Moscow debut in 2013 and on the Sunday of the 2015 Moscow weekend, he impressed by taking the lead right at the start to defend it until having crossed the finish line. While fellow Audi driver Miguel Molina holds the DTM lap record at the Moscow Raceway: in 2014, he crossed the finish line in 1:28.305 minutes and this record hasn’t been broken until today.