1986: Kurt’s comeback
Champion: Kurt Thiim
After being forced to take a break due to a lack of sponsors Kurt Thiim celebrated a successful comeback in 1986. The Dane, who would become one of the most popular DTM drivers for many years, clinched the title in his Rover Vitesse straight away. 1986 also marked the beginning of the “Star era”. Two teams competed in the Mercedes 190E 2.3-16 as the forerunners of Mercedes-Benz’s future factory involvement.