DTM is coming to the Red Bull Ring with even more power and racing action

From 22 to 24 September 2017, DTM’s thoroughbreds will be fired up and tear up the Red Bull Ring for the seventh time in a row – this time, with a few improvements in store: The cars are even faster, the races longer and the spectators can get even closer to the action, while the Austrian racing fans prepare their seats to cheer on their local hero Lucas Auer in style! Furthermore, the popular touring car series is entering its most hotly contested phase: The penultimate weekend of racing can decide the championship.

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Local hero Auer ready for his home race

In his third season in the DTM, Lucas Auer briefly led the championship. Following his wild card participation in the 2017 ADAC GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring, the Tyrolean is setting his sight on the season finale and has ambitious intentions for his DTM home race: „There is no other place where I feel more at home than at the Red Bull Ring. The penultimate corner shortly before the entrance to pit lane surely is one of the most challenging bends in the DTM calendar. I bow my head to everyone who gets this corner completely right. We offer relentless racing action and lots of overtakes. I’m sure it will once again be an awesome weekend with a great atmosphere!”

Bucketloads of good news

18 races on nine tracks all across Europe, three manufacturers, 18 thoroughbred racers in their powerful chariots and brutal, neck-and-neck fights characterise DTM. As previously, the drivers participate in two races per weekend. Since 2017, however, these take 55 minutes plus one lap each, both Saturday and Sunday. This extends the race distance by a full ten minutes.

The fight for the lead in the championship is extremely close this year. With nine different winners in twelve races so far, the championship boasts an incredible level of performance. On the shorter tracks, the entire field of drivers finish the qualifying within a single second! Audi leads the rankings with five wins from Mercedes with four and BMW with three.

More focus on the drivers

To move the drivers into the centre of the action once more, radio transmission between them and their teams is reduced to the pit stop. During the race, only the driver can radio the pits, not the other way around. Thus, the drivers themselves have to make tactical decisions and use their brains. Additionally, it is completely up to the drives and teams when to change tires which opens up new possibilities.

Moreover, the technical regulations now allow the engines of the new Audi RS 5 DTM, BMW M4 DTM and the Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM to produce more than 500 bhp which makes the V8 powerplants sound astonishing. Less aerodynamics reduce the cars’ downforce which should make new lap records a mere formality!

Visitors get even closer to the action

While the pits were reserved for the racing teams for a long time, in this season they are open for visitors to Spielberg. Using exclusive paddock tickets, fans can access three pits – one for each manufacturer – and witness the technicians tinker with the setup and the tacticians discuss their strategy. Apart from this “pit view” event, the programme presented on the show stage in the Fan-Village takes care of the entertainment aspect. And those who wish to get an even closer look at DTM can participate in a pit walk on Saturday and Sunday morning during which they will experience the teams practising pit stops. Saturday evening provides another chance to take a walk through pit lane.

You can find more information on the 2017 DTM season HERE.

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