DTM – the extra time
The pleasant anticipation is increasing. During the SUPER GT season finale, at Montego, DTM will showcase itself in front of the Japanese motor-racing enthusiasts. The appearance of the Super GT racers in the support programme of the DTM season finale at Hockenheim attracted a lot of attention and now, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG are making a return visit in the country of the rising sun. The three 2017 DTM vehicles will be driven by Loïc Duval, Augusto Farfus and Maro Engel. Both the drivers and the teams already are on site, with the cars having been unloaded and waiting in the garages for their first outing.
On Friday, 10th November, the visitors at Montegi will witness a 30-minute DTM test session – and on Saturday and Sunday, they will go out together with the SUPER GT touring cars. Scheduled are a 15-minute demonstration session on Saturday after the free practice session in the morning and on Sunday, the Lexus LC500, the Honda NSX-GT and the Nissan GT-R will do demonstration together laps with the DTM vehicles for 30 minutes.
And there will be an interested onlooker: Lucas Auer. The Austrian Mercedes-AMG driver also is going to travel to Japan but won’t be involved in the demonstrations. He will arrive in Japan on Friday and wants to take a close look at the SUPER GT action from aloof from the track.
The visit at Motegi underlines the intensified cooperation of ITR, DTM’s umbrella organisation and GTA, the umbrella association of SUPER GT. The declared goal of the cooperation are common regulations from the 2019 season that would allow for competing with cars of the one series in races of the other one.
For Duval and Farfus, Japan and SUPER GT are anything but virgin soil as they both already raced in the series. Duval contested a total of 57 SUPER GT races from 2006 to 2012, secured five race wins and six poles. And in 2010, the Frenchman won the title together with Takashi Kogure for Team Weider Honda Racing. Farfus made two appearances in a SUPER GT grid, both times in the GT300 category.
For Maro Engel, however not only SUPER GT will be a new experience. It also is his first trip to Japan.