Three-time winner excited about returning to the paddock as team boss for two-car Aston Martin DTM Trophy entry
For team boss Maxime Martin, a return to the expansive DTM paddock will rekindle plenty of positive memories. As he gears up to field two Aston Martin Vantages as a team boss in this year’s DTM Trophy series, he still vividly remembers his own successful DTM adventure.
The Belgian racer competed successfully in the series between 2014 and ’17, winning three races, and establishing himself as a driver to watch. Now on the other side of the pit-wall, running his own team – Martin Racing, he is looking to bring on young talent into DTM’s new-for-2020 support category, DTM Trophy.
“I definitely have some really good memories from my time in DTM,” says the 33-year-old, speaking on the phone from the Bathurst paddock, where he received an unexpected call-up to race in this year’s epic 12-hour Mount Panorama GT race.
“Ever since I was very young, my goal was to be a DTM driver, and I managed that – earning some wins, some podiums, and having lots of great battles. The DTM has always been one of the best championships in the world, and I have to admit that I’m still in love with DTM.”
On the other side of the fence
For 2020, Martin will be looking to help young drivers aspiring to follow his own career path, by running two Aston Martins in the Trophy.
“We started looking at DTM Trophy when it was first announced last year,” Martin say. “Now, as a team boss, I felt it would be a really great platform for young drivers entering GT racing for the first time – perhaps those with a little bit of GT4 experience, or who are graduating from single-seaters.
A showcase for youth
“It offers drivers the perfect opportunity to develop and showcase their skills: all the events are for single drivers, are sprint races, and take place on the DTM stage – in front of senior personnel, and with big manufacturer presence.
“We felt it was the perfect opportunity for us.”
With the grid for the 2020 DTM Trophy already filling up, Martin is still on the hunt for drivers, but is confident for the year ahead. “We’re keen to talk to as many drivers as possible before we make our selection,” he adds. “But it’s going to be a great year, we’re really looking forward to it and we’re convinced we can make it work.”