Spectacular kick-off for Assen weekend
DTM’s race weekend at the famous TT Circuit in Assen, also known as the ‘Cathedral of Speed’, kicked off in spectacular fashion with a demonstration of race cars from the DTM and its support series through the centre of the charming Dutch town.
Enjoying a balmy summer evening, an estimated crowd of 10,000 people turned up to watch the race cars in action – many of whom also made the journey to the neighbouring track for the race weekend.
“I love driving any race car, but doing it on the streets and in front of such a huge crowd makes it extra special,” said R-Motorsport Aston Martin driver Daniel Juncadella after completing his first laps of the temporary circuit that had been installed on regular public roads along the canal, locally known as ‘Vaart’.
Daniel Juncadella put a GT4 Aston through its paces on Thursday evening
Alongside R-Motorsport Aston Martin (which had brought its GT4 race taxi and one of the official DTM Safety Cars), Audi and BMW were also present, with local hero Robin Frijns driving the Audi RS 5 DTM and Jens Klingmann on duty behind the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM.
“This is just great, such a huge crowd and finally the chance to drive fast in the city without the risk of being fined,” Robin Frijns said with a wide grin on his face. It was obvious that he was having a good time as he could barely stop driving up and down the track and performing high-speed donuts, covering his car in a thick cloud of tyre smoke.
Dutchman Robin Frijns earned the biggest cheers of the night with a spectacular display in the town centre
BMW’s Jens Klingmann also relished the chance to showcase the potential of the DTM car to the crowd. “The people were really enthusiastic, waving and cheering and clapping, so that spurred me on even more!”
Jens Klingmann loved the opportunity to perform in front of a crowd of 10,000 fans
Cars from the supporting W-Series, with Dutch championship contender Beitske Visser, as well as the Porsche Carrera Cup Benelux, the Lotus Cup Europe and the BOSS GP were out on the street as well. MotoGP riders Lucas Tulovic and Dirk Geiger also demonstrated their machines.
Beitske Visser paraded a W Series car before a busy autograph session
After the on-track action, all DTM and W-Series drivers assembled on the main stage for an autograph session, and were greeted by huge lines of assembled fans eager for a chance to get closer to their racing heroes.