Second round of DTM tests this week at Vallelunga
The second round of DTM tests is on. From Tuesday to Thursday (14th to 16th March), Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG continue their preparations for the coming season at Vallelunga.
Eight DTM drivers are involved in the three days of testing at the 4,085-kilomrtre circuit located 30 kilometre north Italy’s capital, Rome. Mattias Ekström and Jamie Green are testing for Audi, Tom Blomqvist and Maxime Martin will alternate in the cockpit for BMW and Mercedes-AMG travelled to Italy with four drivers: Lucas Auer, Edoardo Mortara, Gary Paffett and Robert Wickens.
Since 01st March, the new Audi RS 5 DTM and the enhanced versions of last year’s BMW M4 DTM and Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM have been homologated and consequently, the development of the cars has virtually been frozen. Now the teams and drivers first of all have to familiarise themselves with the new vehicles and complete as many laps as possible to gather experience.
The Vallelunga tests are the second step on the way to preparing for the season kick-off at Hockenheim (05th to 07th May). From 21 to 23rd February the DTM fraternity tested at Portimão, Portugal and from 03rd to 06th April, Hockenheim will be the venue of the final tests. On all the four days of testing at the Southern German racetrack the grandstand will be opened for the fans and the admission will be free.