Tourenwagen Classics’ Zolder support slot forges emotional link to DTM’s past
DTM’s return to Zolder next month (May 17-19) will offer fans the opportunity to re-live the earliest days of the high-powered touring car series, which celebrates its 35th anniversary this year.
Back in 1984, the famous Belgian circuit hosted DTM’s first-ever race; this year, the race weekend will feature a round of the ever-popular Tourenwagen Classics (TWC) series.
In a neat bit of symmetry, Germany’s Harald Grohs – the winner of that first race back in ’84 – will also be on Zolder’s TWC grid.
Grohs, who crossed the line at Zolder on March 11 1984 driving his BMW 635 CSi, will contest every round of this year’s TWC series.
“I’m really delighted to have the opportunity to return to the scene of my first-ever DTM victory,” said the 75-year-old, who contests the TWC in one of BMW’s legendary M3 E30 cars – the machine he took to two victories in DTM’s 1987 season.
DTM’s expanded agreement with TWC means that the classic tin-top races will also feature on the support programme at Hockenheim between October 4-6. This is in addition to the three race weekend fixtures announced earlier this year (Norisring, July 5-7; Lausitzring, August 23-25; and Nürburgring, September 13-15).
More former DTM aces add colour to TWC grid
Grohs won’t be the only former DTM star on this year’s TWC grid: he will be joined at Zolder by Marc Hessel and Kris Nissen. Additionally, local hero Eric van de Poele, DTM champion in 1987, will make a guest appearance.
Zolder’s TWC field includes a mouth-watering selection of classic touring car machinery, including BMW’s 635 CSi and M3 as well as Ford’s iconic Sierra Cosworth RS500 and Mercedes’ muscular 190E 2.5-16.
“The addition of the Tourenwagen Classics series to our events has attracted a lot of attention from both fans and the media,” said Frederic Elsner, ITR’s Director Business Unit Event. “We’re really pleased that the TWC will be a key part of our comprehensive support programme at five race weekends.”