The new DTM venues: ‚Otodrom’ Istanbul
This year’s DTM calendar contains three new venues and dtm.de introduces these French, Belgian and Turkish circuits to you one by one. Today: the ‘Otodrom’ at Istanbul.
Not far from Istanbul, the construction works on Turkey’s new Grand Prix circuit ‘Otodrom’ are nearing the completion. The foundation stone was laid on 10th September 2003, with the construction works on the 2.215,000 square metre facilities being supposed to be completed this May. Following the inaugural event at the ‘Otodrom’, the Turkish Grand Prix on 21st August, DTM will contest the penultimate round of its 2005 season at the Turkish metropolis located at River Bosporus.
The 5.333-kilometre circuit was designed by the planet’s currently best-established racetrack architect, Herman Tilke from Aachen, Germany, who has also designed Malaysia’s and Bahrain’s new GP circuits. The ‘Otodrom’s’ layout with its track width ranging between 14 and 21.5 metres is a truly generous one, and its left- (eight) and right-handers (six) perfectly blend with the undulating environment. This makes for a varied track profile with a maximum incline of 8.145 percent, with the 655.5-metre start-finish straight representing the fastest section of the circuit for the DTM cars of Audi, Mercedes-Benz, MG and Opel.
And while the track perfectly blends with its surrounding, the buildings around the circuit reflect the Turkish culture just as well. The grandstand for 25.000 visitors is an example of the oriental architecture, and the pit facilities with its 33 garages, too. Rıfat Hisarcıklıoglu, Chairman of the organisers, the MSO, explained: “We are honoured by the fact that DTM, the most popular international touring car series, is going to contest a round in Turkey. This is a proof of the fast motor racing development in our country. We will provide the spectators and the teams with a great race weekend and a unique atmosphere.”
Those DTM enthusiasts who are interested in travelling to Istanbul together with DTM will be provided by DTM Travel with interesting one-stop offers for their trip to the maiden Turkish DTM round.