Aston Martin is entering DTM in 2019
Aston Martin will enter the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters in 2019, it was announced by the British brand and the ITR, a promoter of the DTM. The British luxury sports car manufacturer will be represented by the Swiss team R-Motorsport in one of the most popular racing competitions, making it even more international.
Team R-Motorsport is part of AF Racing AG based in Niederwil at St. Gallen, Switzerland, a broadly diversified motor-racing company that has got close ties with Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. To date, R-Motorsport entered Aston Martin race cars mainly in GT racing.
The company AF Racing AG will be responsible for the DTM project that will be licensed and supported by Aston Martin and recently founded a Germany based joint venture with HWA AG. The joint venture will be responsible for the development, building and running of the Aston Martin DTM racers, based on the Aston Martin Vantage. The number of Aston Martin cars and the drivers will be announced at a later point in time.
“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,” said Gerhard Berger, chairman of the DTM umbrella organisation ITR. He also said that Aston Martin’s involvement is an important step for the internationalisation of the series, coming after the establishment of collaboration with GTA, umbrella organisation of the Japanese Super GT Series.
“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. 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,” added Gerhard Berger.
“We are delighted with joining together with Aston Martin a renowned top series with na 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,” said Dr Florian Kamelger, founder and co-owner of AF Racing AG and R-Motorsport Team Principal.