There’s strength in numbers: DTM is fascinating, multifaceted and provides top-class motor racing. But on the nine race weekends of the 2017 season, seeing the bigger picture definitely also will pay off. After all, DTM’s partner series are just as thrilling and also provide enthralling motor sport: the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, the World Rallycross Championship, the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany, the ADAC GT Masters, the Audi Sport TT Cup and the Touring Car Classics will enhance the programme on differing race weekends: please find below our descriptions of the different series.
FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Youngsters on their way up
For several years, now, the FIA Formula 3 European Championship has been regarded as stepping stone on the way to Formula One. Here, young talents are provided the opportunity to demonstrate and hone their skills on an international platform. The 30 races are contested in 10 race meetings held in eight different countries. Just as it was the case in 2016, every race weekend will comprise three races, with the race distance of every round amounting to 33 minutes plus a lap. One of the biggest advantages compared to other young-gun series is the fine-tuning that has to be executed by the young drivers in cooperation with their engineers. Both the technical and the sporting regulations were developed purposefully to maximise the learning effect for the young drivers. Neither control chassis’ or control engines have been stipulated and so, the drivers have the possibility to enhance the cars in cooperation with their team’s mechanics and engineers in accordance with the regulations. This allows the drivers to hone their technical background knowledge and gather experiences that are important for making the next steps on the motor-racing ladder. Currently, 16 of the 20 drivers on the grid of the 2017 Formula One World Championship learned their trade in Formula 3.
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Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
With 485bhp around the track
On the first weekend in May, Germany’s oldest makes Cup is going to kick off its 2017 season at Hockenheim. The Porsche Carrera Cup Germany grid comprises 25 new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup vehicles. The 485bhp racing car made its world premiere in October 2016 in Paris. The regulations stipulate technical equality of all the cars in the field and – inter alia – control tyres. The only details the teams may change are camber, wheel alignment and tyre pressure. Consequently, Germany’s fastest makes cup guarantees thrilling races and fierce battles between up-and-coming young talents, motor-racing pros and ambitious amateurs. The level of competitiveness traditionally is high. For many talents, the cup is an important step on the way to a career in professional motor racing. The calendar comprises – in addition to the 14 races held in the support programmes of DTM and / or ADAC GT Masters at the Lausitzring, the Norisring, the Nürburgring, Spielberg and the Sachsenring – an additional even in the support programme of the WEC (World Endurance Championship) round at the Nürburgring (14th to 16th July).
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Audi Sport TT Cup
Sebastian Vettel’s brother in the Audi Sport TT Cup
When DTM kicks off its 2017 season, on the first weekend in May at Hockenheim, the Audi Sport TT Cup also will start into its new season – the third – in the DTM support programme. The 2017 Audi Sport TT Cup calendar comprises seven race meetings, with two of the race weekends taking place abroad, at Zandvoort and the Red Bull Ring. A special highlight will be the second race meeting, in the support programme of the Nürburgring 24h Race. The format hasn’t been changed and so, every event features two 30-minute races. The most prominent name on the international grid that features 15 drivers from 10 countries most definitely is Fabian Vettel. The 18-year old is the younger brother of four-time F1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel. Furthermore, the 2017 also will be contested by two women, Hungary’s Vivien Keszthelyi and Liechtenstein’s Fabienne Wohlwend. Meanwhile, South Africa’s Keagan Masters and Drew Ridge from Australia have to take the longest journeys. 14 of the 15 drivers are going to contest their first full Audi Sport TT Cup season. Only the Briton Philip Ellis competed in the 2016 season and secured third position in the rookie ranking. 15 cockpits were assigned to permanent competitors. In addition, the grid of all the races will feature changing guest drivers, among them celebrities and journalists with motor-racing experience. The overall winner of the Audi Sport TT Cup will be rewarded with promotion in Audi’s successful GT3 sports-car programme.
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TCR International Series
Close-to-production TCR touring cars
Debut on the third race meeting of the 2017 season: the DTM race meeting held from 16th to 18th June at the Hungaroring, located not far from Hungary’s capital, Budapest, will be the first that features the TCR International series – that is contested with 330bhp touring cars – in its support programme. The grid of the championship’s event will feature local hero Norbert Michelisz as guest driver. He will join the two compatriots Ferenc Ficza and Attila Tassi who are regulars in the TCR International Series. “The TCR International Series represents an asset to the DTM support programme at the Hungaroring,” says ITR Chairman Florian Zitzlsperger. “The close-to-production TCR touring cars represent the perfect addition to the DTM high-tech racers and the spectacular Formula 3 European Championship single seaters, thus making for a multifaceted weekend that provides the crowds with enthralling motor sport aplenty.”
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Miniature format touring cars
Mitjet 2L was founded as motor-racing category in 2012 by the famous French racing driver JP Dayraut. During the DTM race meeting at the Moscow Raceway, these racing cars will make their debut appearance in the DTM support programme. The Mitjets look like tiny DTM racers: Their body is just 182cm wide, 121cm high and 430cm long. As comparison: the DTM cars are 35cm longer and 13cm wider. It is the perfect entry class for ambitious independent racing drivers.
The specs of the Mitjet racers are really interesting. Driving the racing cars that can be accelerated to a top speed of 245kph resembles driving a kart. The power is transmitted via a sequential six-speed gearbox. Technical driver aids aren’t available. The cars aren’t equipped with ABS or ESP and are rather puristic when it comes to their technology. The necessary safety is provided by a steel spaceframe. The cars weigh 750kg, feature a two-litre engine, a live axe and are shod with Yokohama 255 40 R18 control tyres.
And the entire package is available at a reasonable price. In this series, the performance of the drivers and not the budget is supposed to be the crucial factor. The championship with the control-silhouette light-weight construction racers resembles a makes cup. Thanks to the compact dimensions, the Mitjet vehicles also can race on narrower racetracks and don’t need circuits that necessarily meet the GP-circuit requirements. In the Russian series, the Mitjets race at the Sochi Autodrom, the Kazan Ring and the Moscow Raceway. The distance of practice sessions, qualifying sessions and the races on Saturday and Sunday all amounts to 20 minutes (plus a lap).
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FIA World Rallycross Championship
Pure action in the World Rallycross Championship round at Hockenheim
Raise the curtain for the World Rallycross Championship! For the third time, the WRX aces make a stop at Hockenheim to be a part of the DTM season kick-off support programme. From 05th to 07th May, Hockenheim will stage the third of the twelve World Rally Championship race meetings. And DTM ace Mattias Ekström will have to work particularly hard, this weekend. As reigning WRX Champion, the Swede will contest both the DTM races and the WRX heats. A situation the Swede can cope well with as he demonstrated last year by winning the WRX round in superior style.
The World Rally Cross races with spectacular jumps and dirt sections most definitely are stunning. The 600bhp vehicles accelerate in 1.9 seconds from 0 to 100kph. Close encounters between the all-wheel drive cars usually are unavoidable. With their total distance between 3,000 and 8,000 metres, rally cross races are comparatively short. Other than in classic rallies, small groups of rally cross vehicles battle it out with one another in these sprint races.
In addition to the interesting regulations and the great cars, the renowned drivers in also have to be mentioned: for instance Sébastien Loeb and Petter Solberg, the former World Rally Champions or Germany’s two-time DTM Champion Timo Scheider who is contesting the season for the Austrian MJP Racing Team.
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ADAC GT Masters
10 years on the road to success
The ADAC GT Masters is going to contest the 2017 season – its 11th – with seven race meetings in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. Following last year’s successful joint event with DTM at the Lausitzring, the Motorsport Festival will repeated this year. Altogether, the GT Masters grid comprises 32 sports cars of seven manufacturers. The season traditionally is kicked off at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (28th to 30th April) and will end with the season finale at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg.
The 2017 ADAC GT Masters calendar once again comprises all the five permanent German racetracks: the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, the Sachsenring, the Nürburgring and the Lausitzring. Meanwhile, two of the race meetings will be held abroad, at Austria’s Red Bull Ring and at the Circuit Park Zandvoort, Netherlands. German sports channel SPORT1 once again will cover all the 14 races on free-to-air live live and in full length. Audi remains the manufacturer with the biggest number of cars in the ADAC GT Masters field: 10 Audi R8 LMS will contest the 2017 season. Three times, the title was won by Audi drivers: Christian Abt in 2009, René Rast/Kelvin van der Linde in 2014 and Connor De Phillippi/Christopher Mies in 2016. And it goes without saying that the reigning champions would love to successfully defend their title, this year. Also on the entry list: DTM driver Lucas Auer who is going to compete in selected race meetings of the series.
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Historic touring cars go racing
Since 1984, the three letters DTM have been standing for top-class touring-car racing. Over the course of more than 30 years of DTM history, the series experienced ups and downs, with the competitors celebrating countless race wins and titles. Numerous famous names are closely connected with DTM, such as Bernd Schneider, Volker Strycek, Hans-Joachim ‘Strietzel’ Stuck, Manuel Reuter, Klaus Ludwig, Johnny Cecotto or Frank Biela. This year, some of the stars of those DTM days are going to make a comeback on the racetrack. In the support programme of the DTM race meetings at the Norisring (30th June to 02nd July) and the Nürburgring (08th to 10th September), the ‘Tourenwagen-Classics’ resurrect the 1980s and 1990s. And as early as during the DTM season kick-off at Hockenheim, an exhibition in the paddock featuring the historic touring cars will get the visitors into the perfect mood for the two events.
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ADAC Formula 4
THIRD YEAR FOR THE ADAC FORMULA 4
The ADAC Formula 4 continues the ADAC’s successful young-driver promotion successful and enters its third season, this year. 26 talents are going to contest the seven race meetings with a total of 21 races. The single seaters with chassis’ supplied by Italian manufacturer Tatuus ate powered by turbo-charged Abarth engines. “Formula 4 established as one of the leading series in the young-talent area for quite a while,” said ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk. “The most successful driver of the 2016 season succeeded in making the next step on the motor-racing ladder and now we look forward to once again witnessing new talents on their way up and many different faces on the podium.”
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GT4 European Series
LOW-PRICED ENTRY CATEGORY
In 2014, the GT4 European Cup and the HDI-Gerling Dutch GT Championship were fused together to create a strong and competitive European GT4 Championship. This championship represents a more cost-efficient entry-class for GT racing below the GT3 class. Aerodynamics changes are strictly limited and the costs are up to four times lower. A Balance of Performance makes for a well-balanced performance level on the grid. The series is interesting for amateurs and pros in equal measure. In the past years, vehicles such as Aston Martin Vantage, BMW M3, Chevrolet Camaro, Corvette C6, Ginetta G50, Lotus Evora, Porsche 911 or Nissan 370Z entertained the crowds with thrilling motor sport.
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