The DTM will celebrate a major milestone when it heads to Germany’s Lausitzring on the weekend of August 23 -25 as it will host its 500th race in 35 years of competition.
The DTM as we know it today made its debut in 1984 and since then has provided some of the most exciting and dramatic races in the world.
The DTM’s arrival at Lausitzring coincides with the circuit’s 20th anniversary hosting the DTM in a relationship that began in the year 2000.
The inaugural season of the DTM saw BMW driver Volker Strycek win the championship despite not taking a single victory.
Fast forward 35 years and following his victory in race two Brands Hatch last weekend, Audi’s Rene Rast leads the championship on 206 points, 36 ahead of his team mate Nico Mueller.
Speaking about the milestone, Gerherd Berger Chairman of ITR who govern DTM said:
“500 races is a truly impressive milestone in the success story that is the DTM. As ITR chairman, that we are able to celebrate this special occasion at the Lausitzring makes me particularly proud. In 35 years, the DTM has developed itself into one of the world’s most popular and most spectacular race series, also thanks to the very good work achieved my predecessors within ITR and the resourceful support from the manufacturers and our partners. Particular thanks go out to founder Hans Werner Aufrecht for his many years of relentless commitment and efforts for the benefit of the series. Obviously, there have been highs and lows, but the fans have always remained hugely loyal. For us, their passion and loyalty is an obligation and a boost to continue the development of the DTM for the future to ensure that we, all of us together, will be able to add to this success story for a long time to come.
Five time DTM champion Bernd Schneider said:
For me, it is great that the 500th race has been reached. In the years in which I raced, it was often said that it would be the last year of the DTM. Therefore, I am even more delighted that the DTM is celebrating its 500th race and that the series is in a better position than ever. I thoroughly enjoy watching the races. I am really proud of having contributed to part of the DTM’s history; especially now, a little bit further down the line. It has already been 11 years since I was last involved. I’m surprised by how deeply committed to the DTM I was, and how much I’ve achieved. Every now and then, I sit on the sofa with my young daughter to watch old races. Then we both have tears in our eyes: she’s sad that I’m no longer racing; for me, all those great old moments are brought vividly back to life once again.
Three time DTM champion Klaus Ludwig said:
“In all honesty, the first who comes to mind is Hans Werner Aufrecht. He is the father of the DTM and saved the series several times over the years. After the collapse at the end of 1996, Aufrecht resurrected the DTM in 2000. Back then, he also reactivated me and asked me whether I would support the reconstruction as one of the crowd pleasers. I ended up third in the championship at the age of 50 – something you don’t take for granted. Since then, the DTM has had 18 years with great, great races and many spectators. For me, Aufrecht is the man of the DTM if ever there were one. Looking back at my spell in the DTM sparks a lot of joy and also a certain sense of pride. There were many great people I met and with whom I was allowed to work. All in all, those days went by way too quickly.”
The DTM have teamed up with Super GT in Japan to host a joint race at Fuji Speedway later this year which could lead to more joint races in 2020.
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