The DTM Championship announced on Thursday that Aston Martin under an entry of R-Motorsport will replace Mercedes in 2019.
Mercedes announced last year that they were pulling out of the German Touring Car Championship at the end of this season and speaking about the arrival of Aston Martin, Gerhard Berger, Chairman of IRT e.V, the parent company of DTM commented on the news by saying:
The manufacturers Audi and BMW early announced their commitment to DTM and now, a third brand with outstanding motor-racing tradition enters the stage. “This decision of a luxury sports-car manufacturer such as Aston Martin is a historic event for our series and a milestone for the international orientation of DTM.”
The Austrian former F1 driver went on to say:
The involvement of Aston Martin perfectly suits the advancement of DTM as leading European race series. Recently, DTM intensified the multi-year collaboration with GTA, umbrella organisation of the Japanese SUPER GT series. The two series promoters agreed upon common technical regulations (“CLASS 1”). DTM and SUPER GT plan two joint race meetings in 2019, one in Japan, the other in Europe. “I am convinced that the internationalisation-orientated cooperation of ITR and GTA as well as Aston Martin’s decision to join DTM will have signalling effects for further manufacturers.
Berger concluded by saying:
The cooperation with GTA, the internationalisation of our platform and the acquisition of further brands represent some of our most important strategic goals. We will push the international expansion in compliance with teams and manufacturers, a development that is supposed to be underlined by an adaption of the name of the series from 2020.
Dr Florian Kamelger, founder and co-owner of AF Racing AG and R-Motorsport Team Principal who will partner with Aston Martin commented by saying:
We are delighted with joining together with Aston Martin a renowned top series with international orientation. “Competing with premium manufacturers represents a major challenge for our brand. The new technical regulations and the extended international orientations of the series were important reasons for our decision.