The first DTM race weekend of the season 2016 at the Hockenheimring

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season opener Hockenheim

Friday, 6. May 2016 to Sunday, 8. May 2016

   
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About the event

Just like the Nürburgring, the Hockenheim is one of Germany’s really tradition-rich motor-racing venues. The first motor-sport events held there took place in 1932. Since the birth of DTM, in 1984, Hockenheim was a part of every DTM calendar – apart from 1985 – and consequently represents an integral part of the series. Since 1995, the racetrack in Baden-Württemberg has staged the kick-off of every DTM season. Here, fans and drivers find out if the work if the manufactures and teams in the off-season was successful or not. And which drivers should be regarded as favourites in the battle for the title. Since the revival of the series in 2000, the Mercedes-Benz drivers succeeded in shining more often in the season kick-off than their competitors. 10 of the total of 18 races held in season kick-off race meetings were won by drivers racing the cars with the stars. Nonetheless, their last win in season kick-off dates back to 2012. Since than, the races were won by Audi and BMW respectively.

The long straights across the woods that were one the circuit’s main characteristics since the 1960s are history since 2002. Nonetheless, the Hockenheimring with its fascinating mix of slow and extremely fast sections still has got what it takes to make for spectacular races. In the long Parabolica, for instance, the DTM drivers accelerate their touring cars to 270 kph. While perfect cornering skills are a must from Sachskurve to Südkurve. In the 2014 season kick-off, Martin Tomczyk was the quickest by crossing the line of the 4.574-kilometre circuit with his BMW in 1:32-532 minutes, thus establishing a still unbroken lap record.  

An achievement he was celebrated for in the unique stadium section. With its huge grandstands, surrounding about a quarter of the track, the stadium makes for a fantastic atmosphere for both drivers and spectators. Since the last modernisation measures in 2002, the Hockenheimring offers space for about 120,000 spectators.  

About the racetrack

Opened 29. Mai 1932
Track length 4,574 km
DTM lap record Martin Tomczyk (BMW) 1.32,532 Min. (4. Mai 2014)
Webseite www.hockenheimring.de

Highlights on the weekend

Rallycross again part of the DTM season kick-off

They don’t avoid any risk, look for the close battle with their adversaries and drift through the corners at high speeds. Last year, the FIA World Rallycross Championship drivers spiced the DTM season kick-off up for the first time and in 2016 they will be back at Hockenheim. From 06th to 08th May, in the support programme of the 2016 DTM season kick-off, they once again will race on the track extra built in the stadium section to thrill the crowds with spectacular battles. The appearance at Hockenheim will be the second World Championship round of the 2016 season and the first of two on German soil.

Just as it was the case in 2015, the rallycross aces will fight for points and the win on a track combining off-road and tarmac sections. Up to six drivers per heat will battle it out with one another on the track located between Sachskurve and Südkurve. After the qualifying heats on Friday and Saturday, the top 12 will contest the semi finals on Sunday, with the best three drivers of each of the semi finals making it to the final. And while trying to achieve this goal, the drivers act anything but prissily. In rallycross, close encounters with the rivals are the rule rather than the exception. That’s one of the reasons why the appearance in the support programme of the 2015 DTM season kick-off represented a truly memorable experience for many of the spectators on site.

Christina Stürmer

DJ Antoine

Audi Sport TT Cup

Porsche Carrera Cup

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Tipps
  • The city: Hockenheim is located in North-West Baden-Württemberg, some 15 kilometres to the south of Heidelberg, and has got about 21,000 citizens. 

  • The circuit: The Hockenheimring traditionally stages the DTM season kick-off as well as the final German round of the season. 

  • Grandstand tip: South – upper tier: Perfect view from the stadium entrance to the end of the home straight. Please note: these seats use to be sold out quickly. 

  • Excursion tips: Right at the circuit, the motor-racing enthusiasts can visit the ‘Motor-Sport-Museum am Hockenheimring’. On an exhibition space of 2,200 square metres, the museum showcases more than 300 exhibits from every motor-sport era. 

  • To be tasted at all costs: Some of the regional delicacies are lentils with spaetzle, ‘Schupfnudeln’ and ‘Maultaschen’ (Swabian filled dumplings) that are either scalded or roasted with onions and eggs. 

Weather
Hockenheim

11.2 °C
11.2 °C 11.2 °C
broken clouds

Humidity86%
Pressure 1012.75 hPa
Sunrise 07:18 Uhr
Sunset 19:15 Uhr
Adress

Bedarfscamping Hockenheimring

Art: in das Gelände integriert

Größe: bis zu 8 Campingbereiche

Entfernung zur Strecke: unmittelbar – ca. 15 min Fußweg

Hier finden Sie alle Details zum Camping Hockenheimring.

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