DTM race meetings feature a packed programme
Engines falling quiet? No way! The 2018 DTM race meetings once again will feature an exciting, multifaceted support programme. No other race series provides its visitors more race action. The programme on and aloof from the track turns the DTM race meetings into family-friendly festivals. In the first two race meetings, not only the DTM practice and qualifying sessions as well as the races will make for highlights. At Hockenheim, the visitors also will be entertained by thrilling motor racing in the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, the ADAC Formula 4 and invitation races of the ‘DRM Klassik-Pokal’. At the Lausitzring, the programme will be virtually the same, with the ‘DRM Klassik-Pokal’ being replaced by the just as spectacular ‘Tourenwagen Classics’.
Well-known name in single-seater racing
Again part of the DTM support programme: the ADAC Formula 4 that was founded in 2015. In the debut season, this year’s DTM rookie Joel Eriksson (BMW) finished second in the championship. The series for young guns who want to make their first step in single-seater racing is part of the support programme of the season kick-off at Hockenheim and the second race meeting, at the Lausitzring. And the grid will feature a famous name: David Schumacher, the son of former F1 and DTM driver Ralf Schumacher, will race for his father’s team, US Racing. By doing so, the 15-year old follows in the footsteps of his cousin, Mick, who contested two ADAC Formula 4 seasons and finished second in 2016.
New makes cup featuring the Audi R8
With the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Cup, the support programme of the first two race meetings feature a makes cup. The new cup is supposed to be contested by pros, semi-pros and ambitious amateurs. The schedule comprises two practice sessions, two qualifying sessions and two races. With the young Hungarian Vivien Keszthelyi, the R8 LMS Cup grid also will feature a young, promising female racer. The champion will be rewarded with a brand-new Audi R8.
Fascinating racing cars from three decades
The ‘DRM Klassik-Pokal’ and the ‘Tourenwagen Classics’ will alternate in the support programme of the first three DTM race weekends in Germany of the 2018 season. For the first time part of a DTM race meeting: the ‘DRM Klassik-Pokal’, a series for cars that contested the German Motor Racing Championship, DRM, held from 1971 to 1981. Cars such as the Porsche 935, the legendary Ford Capri or the BMW M1 Procar. Fans of these historic vehicles may look forward to two DTM race weekends with classy race action as the ‘DRM Klassik-Pokal’ also will make an appearance at the Norisring alongside the Sportscars2000. After more than forty years, there will be race cars and prototypes in Nuremberg that used to be so typical for the Norisring. The appearances of the ‘DRM Klassik Pokal’ are invitation races that are not part of a general race series.
While the Tourenwagen Classics takes the classic DTM cars of the 1980s and 1990s back onto the track. This year, these racers can be watched racing at the Lausitzring. The series made its first appearance in the DTM support programme last year.
Feel the roar
But DTM is far more than just motorsport. “Feel the Roar” is the credo of the series and the visitors of the events also are provided numerous highlights aloof from the track. The multifaceted programme turns every race meeting into a family-friendly festival. In the paddock, several attractions such as autographing sessions, competitions and concerts of international top stars will entertain the fans. The season opener at Hockenheim will kick the season off with a bang: ‘Die Fantastischen Vier’ will get the audience rocking with their evergreens and tunes of their new album, ‘Captain Fantastic’. A concert the four musicians even will interrupt their holidays for. And at the Lausitzring, the fans may look forward to the DJ pairing ‘Gestört aber GeiL’ and the public showing of the German FA Cup final.
Furthermore, Pit View, Fan Terrace and Pit Walk allow for intimate glances behind the scenes of DTM. While those who want to have a break can do so in the Fan Village with its food-trucks. And whatever you do, you can take one thing for granted: in no other series, the fans can get as close to the stars, teams and fascinating vehicles as in DTM.
DTM will kick off its season from 04th to 06th May at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Tickets are available online at www.dtm.com/tickets and at the hotline, +49 1806 386 386 (€0.20 including VAT per call from the German landline, maximum €0.60 including VAT per call from the German mobile network).