Motorsport in a class of its own

9/19/17 / DTM / Milestones

Motorsport in a class of its own

The idea of a new touring car series was born in 1983 and, unlike other championships, it did not group the field into various classifications. The driver to finish first was the winner: a transparent concept that was working well in the French Touring Car Championship too. The championship which in 1984 began as “Deutsche Produktionswagen-Meisterschaft” (German Production Car Championship) evolved into the most important international touring car series, DTM, over the period of more than three decades.

2017 marks a very special year for the DTM. For the first time, fans have the opportunity to watch the teams’ activities at close range. Three garages are open, allowing visitors to take a look inside the inner sanctum – even during most of the sessions: another step of making the DTM as fan-friendly as possible.

A tight set of regulations has been ensuring a sporting competition on an equal footing for years. 18 vehicles, each delivering about 500 HP, are driven by top-class campaigners such as Schaeffler representative Mike Rockenfeller or Mattias Ekström, Gary Paffett, Bruno Spengler or Timo Glock. Six champions in total, including title defender Marco Wittmann and our DTM Champion Mike Rockefeller, are aiming to again go down in the annals of DTM history.

Attractive for fans and partners

As usual, two races will be held at each event. However – another novelty – both of them now being equivalent. Each of the 18 classified rounds in the upcoming season covers a 55-minute distance plus one lap.

Schaeffler supported drivers and teams even in the DTM’s early years. Stickers of the LuK product brand were displayed on driver suits and vehicles. In 2011, the technology group concentrated its commitments, gave its name to the Schaeffler Audi and celebrated impressive successes. In the year of its premiere, Martin Tomczyk won the title and in 2013, Mike Rockenfeller achieved the same feat. In 2017, Schaeffler, Audi Sport Team Phoenix and Rockenfeller are again forming a congenial trio that continues to make its mark on the DTM.