For the DTM fraternity it will be the longest journey of the season: On the way to the youngest race venue on the calendar, the DTM convoy will have to cover some 2000 kilometres. On 13th July, 2012, after a construction period of about four years, the circuit located at Wolokolamsk, some 80 kilometres to the North-West of Russia’s capital Moscow, was officially inaugurated. And DTM made its first appearance at the Russian circuit in 2013. This year, from 21st to 23rd July, the popular touring-car series will stop at the Moscow Raceway for the fifth consecutive time and once again, the 3.913-kilometre circuit will take the 18 drivers and their cars to their very limits.
At the Moscow Raceway, the drivers have got virtually no time for a breather. The circuit features numerous corner combinations, with constant changes of direction. An extraordinary challenge and a particularly hard piece of work for the drivers. A situation that also is caused by the fact that the only overtaking possibility is offered at the end of the one-kilometres straight taking the drivers back to the home straight. The races held in Russia to date demonstrated that small fighting groups tend to develop at the other sections of the circuit, with the respective drivers often battling it out with one another in thrilling skirmishes throughout the race.
In Russia’s still short DTM history so far, no manufacturer was able to gain an advantage over the competition: Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG all celebrated two race wins each. When it comes to the drivers, however, calling Mike Rockenfeller DTM’s Moscow expert definitely would be appropriate. After all, he is the only driver on the DTM grid who succeeded in celebrating two Moscow wins. Rockenfeller won DTM’s Moscow premiere in 2013 and on the Sunday of the 2015 Moscow weekend he celebrated an impressive lights-to-flag win. The fastest lap to date, however, was set by Rockenfeller’s fellow Audi driver Miguel Molina. In 2014, the Spaniard crossed the line in 1:28.305 and this lap record has not yet been broken, to date.