2017 September 23

8 reasons why you shouldn’t miss the DTM at the Red Bull Ring

Is Lucas Auer on the verge of a sensational victory and take the 2017 DTM championship? Is there going to be an early end to the title race at the Red Bull Ring this weekend? That’s one good reason why you the DTM weekend at Spielberg is unmissable for motorsports fans and here’s 8 more…

1) Because the best of the best line up at the Red Bull Ring.

The DTM grid is full of champions: Mattias Ekström (2 times DTM champion, Rally Cross World Champion), Jamie Green (F3 Euro Series champion), Marco Wittmann (2 times DTM champion), Mike Rockenfeller (winner of the 24 Heures du Mans), Timo Glock (GP2 champion and former F1 driver).

2) Because the races are exciting and it’s a thrilling season

Half of this year’s races have been decided by less than a second between first and second place. And the championship is still in the balance: Lucas Auer is just 9 points behind leader Mattias Ekström, Rene Rast is 12 points behind and a win for Marco Wittman and Jamie Green (25 points) could put them in the lead.

3) Because the cars are amazing

The 2017’s car’s are awesome: this year the power output has been increased by 30hp to over 500hp in total. Key technical facts: 1.120 kilograms, six-gear sporting gearbox, acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 2.6 seconds. The engines are 8 cylinders and 4000cc, with a maximum rev of 8,500rpm and a weight of 148kg, developing a top speed of about 285km/h.

4) Because the driver is more important than the team radio

There’s no communication allowed between the pits and the driver over team radio. Information from the pits can only be given to the driver via a pit board on the main straight. The only exception is if there’s a safety issue while the driver is in the pit lane. Why? Because DTM wants the drivers to do the thinking.

5) Because the tyres can only be warmed up on track

Soft slicks are a major challenge for drivers – the Hankook race tyres are not built to last which leads to more action on track. There is a clear advantage for the drivers who know how to manage their tyres and can get them up to temperature by driving faster than their rivals. Tyre warmers have been banned this year season. Front dimension: 300/680-18, rear: 320/710-18. A maximum of 8 sets slicks may be used over the course of a weekend.

6) Because 1 race weekend delivers more action

There are two points-scoring races on Saturdays and Sundays and both are over 55 minutes plus 1 lap. The first championship points are up for grabs in qualifying with 3 for pole, 2 for 2nd and 1 for 3rd on grid. The fixed pitstop window has been withdrawn, so there is plenty more room for tactics and strategy.

7) Because noise is important

If you don’t like loud noises, then please listen away. Sometimes motor sport is supposed to be noisy. With engine noises at around 110db, DTM certainly subscribes to that point of view, making the sport a feast for so your ears and eyes.

8) Because fans can’t get closer

DTM is a fan-friendly environment. There are pit walks, autograph sessions and, new this season, the pit view. There are three that are open to fans pits – Audi, Mercedes and BMW – so you can get up close to watch the team at work in the pits. The pits are open for all sessions apart from the races.

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