2018 DTM season preview: more races, more excitement

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The 2018 DTM season will kick-off this weekend at Hockenheimring, the place which is traditionally hosting the season-opening events of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters since the resumption of the series eighteen years ago.

Ten race meetings with twenty races

Hockenheim will also host the season-closing event in October. Between those two Hockenheim’s race meetings, there would be eight more gatherings at famous race tracks in Germany and five other European countries (Hungary, Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, Austria). Ten race meetings are one more than in 2017, what means more excitement and more pleasure for race fans.

The races in GB and Italy are scheduled to return to DTM calendar for the first time since 2013 and 2010 respectively. Brands Hatch hosted DTM cars for the last time back in 2013 on its Indy Circuit. This year, the race will take part in Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit. In Italy, DTM earlier raced at Adria International Raceway. This year, Misano’s World Circuit Marco Simoncelli is included in the calendar and it would host the first-ever night races in DTM history. The Moscow Raceway is out of calendar compared to 2017.

2018 DTM calendar

May 4-6Hockenheim
May 18-20Lausitzring
June 1-3Hungaroring
June 22-24Norisring
July 13-15Zandvoort
August 11-12Brands Hatch
August 24-26Misano
September 7-9Nurburgring
September 21-23Red Bull Ring
October 12-14Hockenheim
2018 DTM preview

Each of three manufacturers will have six cars

Eight DTM champions on the grid

Not only the number of races has been increased, there will be also more cars on the grid compared to the last year. Well, at least in one round. The two-time champion Mattias Ekström will visit Hockenheim’s season-opening round as a part of his farewell tour after he withdrew from DTM to focus on rallycross.

His one-off appearance in the #5 Audi RS5 DTM at Hockenheim will increase the number of DTM champions on the grid to eight. The other seven, who will race a full season, are Gary Paffett (2005), Paul Di Resta (2010), Bruno Spengler (2012), Mike Rockenfeller (2013), Marco Wittmann (2014, 2016), Pascal Wehrlein (2015) and reigning champion Rene Rast.

Rene Rast, 2017 DTM champion

In 2017, Rene Rast won DTM championship title in his rookie season

Three rookies with impressive CVs

Next to the champions, six further regulars from the previous season have already scored DTM race wins: Jamie Green, Nico Müller, Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock, Lucas Auer and Edoardo Mortara.

The rest of the field is also impressive because even the rookies have CVs full of victories and championship titles. An award-winning GT racer Robin Frijns will make his DTM debut as Ekström’s replacement in an Audi.  BMW added two rookies Philipp Eng and Joel Eriksson to its line-up. Mercedes will have two returnees –  the 2015 champion Pascal Wehrlein and Dani Juncadella. The 18th driver on the grid is Loic Duval, who has an impressive record in sports car races but still has to prove himself in the DTM.

2018 DTM entry list

ManufacturerCarTeamNumber Driver
Mercedes-BenzMercedes-AMG C63 DTMHWA Team2Gary Paffett
3Paul di Resta
22Lucas Auer
23Daniel Juncadella
48Edoardo Mortara
94Pascal Wehrlein
AudiAudi RS5 DTMTeam Abt Sportsline4Robin Frijns
5Mattias Ekstrom
51Nico Müller
Team Rosberg33Rene Rast
53Jamie Green
Team Phoenix28Loic Duval
99Mike Rockenfeller
BMWBMW M4 DTMTeam RBM7Bruno Spengler
25Philipp Eng
47Joel Eriksson
Team RMG11Marco Wittmann
15Augusto Farfus
16Timo Glock

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