The DTM season kicks off – with new aces
Spiced up with new, attractive ‘ingredients’, DTM is going to kick off its 2005 season, next weekend at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, with the likes of two-time Formula One World Champion Mika Häkkinen and former F1 ace Allan McNish being the newest assets on its grid of household names.
Häkkinen and McNish are the perfect completion for DTM’s top-class field of drivers: here, they will have to battle it out with the likes of former F1 aces Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jean Alesi, four-time DTM Champion Bernd Schneider, six-time Le Mans 24-hour race winner Tom Kristensen and – last but not least – reigning DTM Champion Mattias Ekström.
“I’m truly delighted to be back in motor racing,” said Mika Häkkinen during the DTM Launch, held on fifth April in Hamburg in front of 20,000 enthusiastic spectators. And Mattias Ekström predicted: “This will be an extremely tough season, as the field is even more competitive as it was the case in 2004.” Opel’s ace Heinz-Harald Frentzen was also thrilled. “Should the season turn out to be just as fantastic as the launch we may look forward to a truly great season,” said the German.
DTM boom continues: more than 50,000 tickets already sold
The new season begins just as the last one ended: with an attendance record. Ten days prior to the season opener, an amazing 50,000 tickets were already sold – clearly more than ever at this point in time. The DTM concept is well received – what does come as no surprise as it offers great value for money and a motor racing weekend with not only top-class motorsport alone but also a great family entertainment programme.