DTM head to the Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend for the opening race of the 2020 season despite COVID 19. The sport have worked extremely hard to bring in strict protocols for health and safety for all team personnel at the track.
Former Formula One driver Robert Kubica will make his race debut for BMW. Speaking ahead of the races this weekend, Chairman of ITR Gerherd Berger said:
“Finally, the DTM can get its season underway in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic, something for which all the teams have been working really hard in the past weeks. We would like to thank everyone for this extraordinary commitment. The current race series promises thrilling highlights as I am expecting an entertaining duel between Audi and BMW, both on a par. The nine scheduled rounds with 18 races in a little over three months are a huge effort for all of us, particularly for the teams. However, it is disappointing for us that the fans are not yet able to experience the races live at the track. Therefore, we are doing our utmost to be able to reopen the grandstands as soon as the Covid-19 situation allows us to do so in a safe way. With the new online platform DTM Grid, we now want to bring the action and excitement of the DTM directly into the fans’ living rooms and provide a thrilling up-close feeling at home.
Audi’s Jamie Green is looking forward to the start of the season saying:
Of course, I still remember the race at Spa in the 2005 season. However, things have changed dramatically since then. The DTM touring cars have changed considerably, we have significantly more power today, more grip, the cars are wider and safer. Back then, the DTM cars already were the world’s fastest touring cars and so they are today. Spa is different from most of the DTM circuits. At seven kilometres, the track is exceptionally long and incorporates many fast corners, Eau Rouge being a really special one among them. Getting a perfect lap in at Spa is a real challenge for every driver.
Philipp Eng of BMW is excitrd to be back at the track saying:
The DTM season opener at Spa-Francorchamps is a special highlight. With the current DTM cars and the two-litre turbocharged engines, it will be an exciting challenge. None of the current drivers was allowed to test there before, so my exchange with Augusto Farfus, who drove the brief test for BMW, was all the more intense for it. As a result of the abbreviated two-day format, similar to Brands Hatch last year, the weekend will be anything but easy, because we only have 45 minutes of free practice available prior to qualifying.”
Harrison Newey, the son of legendary Formula One designer Adrian Newey is making his DTM race debut this weekend saying:
Being back at the race track and actually compete in races is an almost unusual feeling after such a long break. Therefore, I can hardly await the opener at Spa. For me, being a part of the DTM really means a lot. It is such a well-known and legendary race series in which the world’s best drivers are up against each other. The field has an unbelievably high quality. For me, that is a huge challenge that I am facing with joy.”