Czech history – DTM to make its fifth stop at the demanding circuit
DTM loves to race in the Czech Republic. Back in 1988, already, the touring car series contested its Czech debut round, at the circuit located south of Brno. Today, one of the two winners of that DTM weekend is working as expert for DTM’s German TV partner, ARD: during the live coverage (qualifying, 4th June, from 14:03hrs CET, race, 5th June, from 13:45hrs CET) Klaus Ludwig will provide the audience with his expertise. That time, he won at Brno behind the wheel of a Ford Sierra, and three years later, he repeated this feat with a Mercedes 190 Evo II. In 1992, Johnny Cecotto succeeded in winning both rounds of the Brno weekend – while his 15-year old son, Johnny, contests the Formula BMW ADAC Championship, today.
Last year, DTM made its fourth stop, at the Czech circuit. Some 35,000 spectators came to watch the penultimate round of the season and witnessed and extremely turbulent race. Mattias Ekström grabbed the title, three Opel drivers (Marcel Fässler, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Timo Scheider) succeeded in scoring points – and Gary Paffett (Mercedes-Benz) left the circuit as a happy man thanks to having gained second position in the championship. The 5.403-kilometre circuit, opened back in 1986, represents quite a challenge: an altitude difference of 73.63 metres, a varied layout with six left-handers and eight right-handers, all fast to semi-fast – and a track surface that is regarded as extremely aggressive.