DTM opens the starting grid for fans at Spielberg
The Austrian DTM round at Spielberg (21st to 23rd September, 2018) causes a stir with its unique support programme. Both on and aloof from the track, the Spielberg visitors will be provided entertainment at its best. And DTM comes up with an offer that has been unparalleled in the history of this and comparable series’: both on Saturday and on Sunday, the fans with paddock tickets will be granted access to the XXL starting grid that therefore will be extended from 15 to 40 minutes.
“By opening the starting grid for the fans at Spielberg, our motto ‘Feel the Roar’ is taken to a completely new dimension,” ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger said in a press conference in Vienna. “We’ve set ourselves the goal to consistently improve the DTM experience for the fans and offer the visitors the opportunity to get even closer to the DTM – to convey the great atmosphere. As early as two years ago we created a true additional benefit by introducing the Pit View and today, the glance through the pane on the working teams is one of the most popular hotspots in the paddock. Now I’m really curious to find out how the fans will respond to the possibility to get absorbed by the atmosphere on the starting grid.”
Hint: The access tickets to the grid will be distributed at the station for the exchange of paddock tickets in ribbon - as long as stocks last.
Distribution on Saturday: from 09.00 hrs.
Distribution on Sunday: from 08.30 hrs.
Free tickets for pupils and attractions galore in the paddock
Another first at Spielberg: DTM invites Austrian pupils. No matter what kind of school they are attending: from Thursday, 13th September, interested schools, classes or individual pupils can order their free tickets at www.DTM.com/schulaktion.
Furthermore, the crowds may look forward to a special guest: the ‘Elvis from the Alps’, Andreas Gabalier, will be slumming and he will present the trophy to winner. Austrian Josh. will entertain the crowds on Saturday with a 30-minute concert on the show stage. The musician from Vienna gained popularity first of all with his hit single ‘Cordula Grün’.
The star tattooist Mario Barth, who emigrated to the USA, will be represented by a mobile tattoo studio. Visitors will have possibility to get tattooed or watch him tattooing. Among Barth’s customers are superstars such as Lenny Kravitz, Usher or Sylvester Stallone.
Support series will add to the thrilling race action
The on-track action will be even louder than usually, this time. On the penultimate race weekend of the season, the race series BOSS will be part of the programme. The acronym stands for ‘Big Open Single Seater’ and its field comprises single-seaters of different single-seater race series. In Austria, the grid will feature – inter alia – Formula One vehicles of Toro Rosso, Benetton, Arrows, Minardi and Super Aguri, among them two 1997 Benettons B197 that were raced by Jean Alesi, Alexander Wurz – and today’s Chairman of the DTM umbrella organisation ITR: Gerhard Berger.
At Spielberg, Mick Schumacher wants to extend his amazing streak of success. The son of seven-time F1 World Champion Michael Schumacher recently underlined his title ambitions by winning all the three races at the Nürburgring. Now at the Red Bull Ring, the 19-year old wants to take the championship lead. At the same time, Spielberg will be the home meeting for Ferdinand Habsburg. In front of his home crowd, the great-grandson of Emperor Charles I of Austria wants to impress with top performances to attract the attention of the teams in the higher motor-racing categories – such as DTM or Formula One.
DTM live on TV and in the live stream
DThe two DTM races at Spielberg will be covered live in Germany by the show ‘ran racing’, brought by German TV station SAT.1 both on Saturday (22nd September) and Sunday (23rd September) from 13:00hrs CEST (12:00hrs BST). In Austria, ORF will begin its coverage on both days at 13:15hrs CEST and in Switzerland, MySports will cover the DTM action on Saturday and Sunday from 13:30hrs CEST. DTM.com and the official DTM App will stream live all the practice sessions, qualifying sessions and races free of charge. Tickets can be purchased online at the official website, www.dtm.com/en/tickets-2018.