07 March, Tuesday

Nürburgring starts the 2023 event season

It's finally starting again - under the new claim "we make your heart race", the Nürburgring is entering the new event season. Great emotions await professionals, amateurs and spectators at around 50 events from the genres of motorsport, music and sport. Highlights include the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring and the 12h Nürburgring of the Nürburgring Endurance Series as well as the 50th...
Nürburgring starts the 2023 event season


It's finally starting again - under the new claim "we make your heart race", the Nürburgring is entering the new event season. Great emotions await professionals, amateurs and spectators at around 50 events from the genres of motorsport, music and sport. Highlights include the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Nürburgring and the 12h Nürburgring of the Nürburgring Endurance Series as well as the 50th anniversary of the Oldtimer-Grand-Prix, the mega festival Rock am Ring or sporting events such as Rad am Ring or the Hotfoot Run. And even beyond the events, there will again be an extensive range of leisure and adventure activities.   As usual, the Nürburgring Endurance Series will do the honours for the season premiere in 2023. On 18 March, the lights will turn green for the first time. The NLS will shake the Green Hell a total of eight times. On the combination of sprint track and Nordschleife, the large field of starters in the Green Hell will once again be at full throttle - with the entire automotive diversity from near-series racing cars to full-blown GT3 bolides. The highlight of the NLS season will again be the 12h Nürburgring from 8 to 10 September. Here, even the complete version of the race track - including the entire Grand Prix Track - will be driven. The fans know the same track variant at the motorsport highlight of the season. After a veritable fan festival with 230,000 visitors, the ADAC TotalEnergies 24h Race from 18 to 21 May once again invites to a gigantic horsepower party. Race teams from all over the world, a tough race on the most demanding race track in the world and the unique atmosphere around the track are expected: drivers and fans alike are looking forward to the camping and campfire atmosphere. A foretaste of the endurance classic is already available in April - on 22 and 23 April, the ADAC 24h Nürburgring Qualifiers will get underway. 50th Anniversary of the Oldtimer-Grand-PrixFans of historic vehicles will also get their money's worth this year - even with a big anniversary. The Oldtimer Grand Prix (11 - 13 August) is turning 50! As one of the most traditional festivals for traditional vehicles in Europe, it is once again the highlight of the historic motorsport season in Germany. In addition to an outstanding starting field with vehicles from the entire history of the Nürburgring, fans can look forward to a fan world around the Grand Prix circuit. Those who want to experience even more time travel is in the right place at the Nürburgring. With the endurance classic ADAC 1000 kilometre race (15 - 17 September), at the Nürburgring Classic (26 - 28 May) or at the ADAC Westfalen Trophy (13 - 15 October), horsepower-packed time journeys through history await. The Int. ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix is a little rougher than the historic vehicles. The race trucks will make the racetrack shake - and from 13 to 16 July they will give each other a run for their money when they thunder around the racetrack at around 160 km/h. Also at the start in the supporting programme: the ADAC GT Masters. Besides the track, there will be a lot of colourful activities. With many activities and exhibitors in the paddock, a children's area, a trade fair and, of course, the traditional music festival in the Müllenbachschleife.  Real GT3 highlights await each other on two weekends at the end of July and the beginning of August. The Fanatec GT World Challenge pwd by AWS (29 - 30 July) will kick things off. The DTM immediately follows from 4 to 6 August. A total of 13 teams with six different brands will be competing in the race series, which is being held under the umbrella of the ADAC for the first time. There will be cars from Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG Porsche as well as Lamborghini and Ferrari. Strong line-up and only European concert by the Foo Fighters at Rock am RingThe festival fans return at Rock am Ring from 2 to 4 June. Strong headliners are waiting at Rock am Ring again this year with the Toten Hosen and the Kings of Leon. They will be completed by the Foo Fighters, who will make their only European appearance at the festival this year. Anyway, the band, which has won the Grammy eleven times, returns to German stages for the first time after 2018. In addition, many other international fan favourites such as Rise Against, Limp Bizkit, the rock duo Tenacious D or US superstar Machine Gun Kelly await. Motorbike service a tradition for many bikersMotorbikes are also part of the programme at the Nürburgring. They celebrate their traditional opening of the season during the ecumenical service "Anlassen" (2 April). More than 10,000 bikers get their blessing in the paddock and enjoy the highlight: the joint parade around the Nordschleife. In addition, there will be tourist rides on the Grand Prix Track and other programme items in the paddock. Racing motorbikes from different eras will take centre stage at the Cologne circuit. On 14 May, they will show their best side on the Grand Prix Track. Particularly eye-catching are the starts of the veteran sidecar riders and the historic motor scooters. This year, for the third time, the Grand Prix circuit will be the venue of the ADAC/DMC Race Weekend (10-11 June). From "old iron" to sidecars and superbikes, everything is represented here for beginners and experienced pilots.  On foot and by bike around the RingThe fact that the Nürburgring can also be mastered on foot or by bike is impressively demonstrated by the athletes at the Hotfoot Run and at Rad am Ring. On 6 May, the famous obstacle course involves overcoming mountains of straw bales, mud pits and ice-cold pools of water. From 21 to 23 July, the cyclists take on the world's most demanding race track. The highlight of the event is the 24-hour cycle race over the combination of Grand Prix circuit and Nordschleife. But the Nürburgring is also popular with athletes beyond the event: a total of seven cycling and running events are scheduled for 2023. Here, amateur athletes can run or experience the legendary track on the various dates.  But even without a major event, the Nürburgring is always worth a visit. There is much to discover and marvel at. For example, the motorsport experience museum ring°werk, the ring°kartbahn with pure motorsport feeling, the Nürburgring eSports bar, the ring°kino with one of the largest 3D cinema screens in the region or various gastronomic highlights such as the Italian restaurant Lucia or the Bitburger Gasthaus in the ring°carré as well as the Devils Diner at the Nordschleife await the visitors. For those who want to take a look behind the scenes of the legendary race track, the backstage tour is just the right thing - including a visit to the winner's podium. > see the whole event calendar 2023 Start of the season with a new claim"nürburgring. we make your heart race."The Nürburgring is taking off with a new claim. Because the Nürburgring is more than just a race track. Nestled in the Eifel forests and firmly rooted in the region, it has been an international place of emotion, passion and unique stories for almost 100 years. And for Nürburgring fans from all over the world, it is one thing above all: a place of solidarity and community - a kind of home. The fact that emotional moments, people and a very special feeling of longing make up the Nürburgring will be visible and tangible this season under the new claim of the destination. From now on, the motto at the Nürburgring is: "we make your heart race". This claim stands for the passion of the employees of the Nürburgring companies, who see themselves as pioneers of unique moments and for the diverse experiences that the players and visitors experience here. It stands for goose bumps and heart throbbing, for adrenaline and joy, for an incomparable challenge.  These emotions can be triggered by a visit to the Nürburgring Endurance Series just as much as by an overnight stay right next to the race track at the Nürburgring Congress Hotel managed by Lindner. A ride in a kart, in the passenger seat of a racing car or in the simulator of the Nürburgring eSports bar also causes special palpitations - and taking part in a corporate event with a direct view of the race track is just as special. All of this is the Nürburgring emotion that creates special impressions and memories for everyone involved. Beyond the on-site experience, the Nürburgring feeling is transported all over the world. Through emotional scenes - for example in the live broadcast of a race by Nü or in the new image clip of the destination. And of course there are a variety of emotional image motifs from all events and moments at the Nürburgring via the Nürburgring communication channels.  No matter where, no matter when: everyone should have the opportunity to experience a piece of the Nürburgring and, of course, to feel for themselves what it means when it says: "nürburgring. we make your heart race."

DTM ticket pre-sale started: Super sports car racing action at family-friendly prices


With prominent drivers, renowned top teams as well as super sports cars from six manufacturers, the DTM will start at the Nürburgring from 04 - 06 August 2023. Tickets are now available online. Fans can look forward to great news: Thanks to a new price structure developed by the ADAC, DTM tickets are on average ten to 20 euros cheaper than last year and can be purchased for as little as 39 euros. ADAC members also benefit from a 10% discount in the online presale. > more info & tickets "Our aim is to make the DTM events more attractive, especially for families, and to get more people excited about the series again. We were able to expand the programme at the DTM even more appealingly this year. At the same time, we succeeded in reducing ticket prices in all categories. Children under the age of 16 are even admitted free of charge to the race track when accompanied by an adult, something that has never been done before at the DTM," says ADAC Motorsport Director Thomas Voss.  As a rule, the new ticket model consists of five price categories - in two of them, children and young people under 16 are admitted free of charge when accompanied by an adult. For grandstand tickets in the higher categories, under-16s receive a 50 per cent discount. Free admission to the paddock is included in all tickets. Also bookable now are VIP tickets for the Coca-Cola business°lounge of the Nürburgring with the best view of the start and finish straight. High-quality catering and access to the exclusive balcony with upholstered seats included. > more information and booking VIP tickets This year, the DTM will be organised under the umbrella of the ADAC for the first time and will be held at eight race tracks in Germany, Austria as well as the Netherlands in the new season. In addition to the DTM, fans will also experience the racing action of the ADAC GT Masters at four events and exciting rounds of the ADAC GT4 Germany at six events. In addition, the Prototype Cup Germany will be on the grid three times. The BMW M2 Racing Cup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland are also an integral part of the DTM programme.

Strong teams and multiple manufacturers: The stage is set for the 2023 DTM season


The DTM lines up with a top-class field in 2023. A total of 13 teams with six different manufacturers will contest the 35th season of the DTM, which will be promoted by the ADAC for the first time. Teams will go in pursuit of the title with cars from Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche when the season gets underway from 26th to 28th May. Fans can look forward to new models from Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. Thanks to the ADAC, the topic of sustainability will play an important role in the DTM: from this year, all the cars will run on a sustainable fuel from Shell, which is made from 50% renewable components. ProSieben will continue to broadcast all the races, on the Saturday and the Sunday of race weekends, live and in full on free-to-air TV. Tickets for the live experience at the circuits will go on sale on 1st March. > more info about the DTM at the Nürburgring (04 - 06 August 2023) “We are opening a new chapter for the DTM under the umbrella of the ADAC. From now on, the DTM is all about sustainability, innovation, entertainment and exciting motorsport. With a host of high-profile newcomers, internationally-renowned top teams, super sports cars from all the premium manufacturers, and elite drivers, fans can look forward to a thrilling season. The high level of interest in the DTM shows that our ideas and plans for the series have been well received,” says ADAC Sport President Dr. Gerd Ennser. The DTM grid will feature two Audi teams in 2023: ABT Sportsline and Liqui Moly Team Engstler will run the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II. The defending champions at Schubert Motorsport will put their faith in the BMW M4 GT3, as will newcomers Project 1. The champion team from the 2022 ADAC GT Masters, Emil Frey Racing, are set for their DTM debut with the brand-new Ferrari 296 GT3. Lamborghini is also represented by the GRT Grasser Racing Team and SSR Performance. Both teams line up with the latest GT3 model, the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2. Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, the team that won last year’s ADAC GT Masters, and DTM newcomers Mercedes-AMG Team Landgraf and Mercedes-AMG Team WINWARD will fly the flag for Mercedes-AMG. Completing the high-class DTM field are three Porsche teams with the newly-developed 911 GT3 R: Manthey EMA returns to the DTM, Toksport WRT is set to make its debut, and KÜS Team Bernhard represents Porsche for the second year. TV partner ProSieben will again show all 16 races live on free-to-air TV. As well as the races, fans can also watch the battle for grid positions in qualifying live at Presenters Andrea Kaiser and Matthias Killing, together with commentator Eddie Mielke, will provide fascinating and entertaining coverage for all fans watching on TV. 

ADAC GT Masters as part of the ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix


The ADAC GT Masters will start the 2023 season with the proven concept, events with strong attendance, a prize money pot filled with more than 570,000 euros and the successfully established sustainable fuel. Six race weekends with two races each in Germany and Austria are planned, with the series returning to the Norisring in Nuremberg for the first time in 15 years. All races will be shown live on free TV. The season will start from 9 to 11 June at a "special event" in Hockenheim. Sustainability also plays a decisive role in the new season in the ADAC GT Masters. For the second year in a row, the ADAC GT Masters will be running on the innovative Shell Blue-Gasoline 98 fuel, which consists of around 50% renewable components. Last year, the drivers completed 10,971 race laps with the sustainable fuel, making an important contribution to CO2 reduction. ADAC Head of Motorsport Thomas Voss: "The ADAC GT Masters will continue to compete in 2023 with the concept that has been thrilling fans for 16 years now. We will no longer pursue the plans presented in December with joint races of the ADAC GT Masters and prototypes. This is in line with the wishes of many teams to continue the ADAC GT Masters in its unchanged form. On the sporting side, however, we are sharpening the profile of the series by making a driver with a silver or bronze classification compulsory in every car in future. This will ensure that the ADAC GT Masters remains an attractive platform for talent hungry for success." The calendarThe season opener will take place at a special event from 9 to 11 June at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg, with more information to follow shortly. One of the season's highlights already follows on the second race weekend: With the return to the Norisring, the series will contest the first of a total of four events at the DTM on the streets of Nuremberg. After the Norisring, the ADAC GT Masters will once again be a guest at one of Germany's biggest motorsport events: for the first time since 2012, the series will compete at the ADAC Truck Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. After the summer break, the drivers will face the Sachsenring challenge in September. Afterwards, the mountain calls: for the penultimate stop of the season, the participants travel to the current Formula 1 circuit of the Red Bull Ring. The finale will take place at the end of October together with the DTM as usual in Hockenheim. The sporting alignmentIn the ADAC GT Masters, two drivers will continue to share a cockpit. Starting this year, a silver-rated driver or a bronze-rated driver is compulsory in each car. Thus, the ADAC GT Masters remains true to its philosophy of optimally promoting young talent and giving young talents the chance to develop in a professional environment. Good performances and successes are rewarded: In the new season, participants will be competing for cash and non-cash prizes worth more than 570,000 euros. In addition to the driver and team classifications, the Pirelli Junior classification for young talents and the Pirelli Trophy classification for ambitious gentlemen will be announced. Teams can register for the ADAC GT Masters 2023 from 25 January, the closing date for entries is 1 May.

ADAC creates sustainable and future-oriented structures for the DTM


Brand core Germany moves into the focus of the DTM in 2023 ADAC uses synergies for new top motorsport platform ADAC GT Masters to be held under the umbrella of the new DTM Endurance in future Race at the Nürburgring on 04 - 06 August The DTM will compete under the ADAC umbrella from 2023 as the pinnacle of a strong German motorsport platform. Following the acquisition of the DTM brand rights, the ADAC is using synergies to create future-oriented and sustainable structures for the top classes on the circuit. On its way to introduce synthetic fuels in the future, the DTM relies on an environmentally friendly and innovative fuel from Shell, which consists of 50% renewable components, as part of a new sustainability concept. The DTM's unique and proven concept of one driver per car will remain. With the eight-station calendar, the series will focus on the German brand core without sacrificing appearances at internationally renowned tracks. In 2023, the DTM will be shown live on free TV with a strong TV partner. ADAC Sport President Dr Gerd Ennser: "The DTM enjoys an international reputation and an excellent reputation beyond the borders - but the heart of the DTM beats in Germany. It was very important to us to create planning security for the teams shortly after the acquisition of the brand rights. It was important for us to concentrate on the core market. The ADAC is taking on a great legacy and continues to align the DTM with its transnational appeal as a strong international brand in European motorsport. We are creating a strong platform for German motorsport with sustainable and future-oriented structures." Sporting orientationThe DTM will continue to be the spearhead for professionals in the future. The ADAC is continuing the successful concept of the DTM and is sticking to the features that have defined the DTM brand for almost 40 years. The format with one driver per car and two rounds per event will remain. Tyre changes will continue to be a race-decisive factor: during the performance pit stops, the teams will fight for every tenth of a second. From 2023, standard tyres will be supplied by the premium manufacturer and Formula 1 supplier Pirelli. The recognised vehicle classification of the SRO Motorsports Group ensures equal opportunities in the field of participants. Sustainability will play a decisive role in the DTM from now on. Shell's innovative and renewable fuel, which has already been successfully used in the ADAC GT Masters in the 2022 season, will also be used in the DTM from 2023. The "Bottle Free Zone" initiative launched together with BWT ensures the avoidance of plastic waste in the paddock. For the teams, the series organiser ADAC makes economically relevant decisions. Significant budget reduction measures are planned for the participants. ADAC GT Masters to remainIn future, the ADAC GT Masters will find its home in the new DTM Endurance. Within the framework of the DTM, the GT3 cars from the ADAC GT Masters will compete in six to seven events together with the sports cars of the Prototype Cup Germany. The ADAC is currently in good talks with the ACO to coordinate the details. In addition to the new DTM Endurance, the ADAC GT4 Germany, the BMW M2 Racing Cup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland are also an integral part of the DTM programme. Dates DTM 2023, subject to changes: 26.05. – 28.05.2023, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 23.06. – 25.06.2023, Circuit Zandvoort / NL 07.07. – 09.07.2023, Norisring 04.08. – 06.08.2023, Nürburgring 18.08. – 20.08.2023, DEKRA Lausitzring 08.09. – 10.09.2023, Sachsenring 22.09. – 24.09.2023, Red Bull Ring / A 20.10. – 22.10.2023, Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg

Premiere at Nürburgring: Luca Stolz wins in DTM for the first time


The second DTM gala at Nürburgring: following the first-ever 1-2 for brother pairing Sheldon and Kelvin van der Linde in DTM history on Saturday, Luca Stolz scored his maiden win in the long-standing series on Sunday. The 27-year-old, living in Brachbach in the German Westerwald region, secured a much-celebrated home win in the DTM Nürburgring powered by Mercedes-AMG event for his Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, based in the Nürburgring business park in Meuspath. In an intense race, Norwegian Dennis Olsen came second with the SSR Performance Porsche while the winner of the season opener, Lucas Auer (AUT, WINWARD Mercedes-AMG) was on the podium after finishing third in the 90th DTM race at the Nürburgring. “Finally! Finally!,” a jubilant Luca Stolz said on the radio after crossing the finish line, one year after his guest drive in DTM at the same venue. “It is fantastic! The pit stop was decisive. Thanks to all of you,” said Stolz, who promised his crew a beer crate. In the championship standings, Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), a three-time race winner this season who only finished ninth in the Sunday race, defended his lead with 110 points. “After the restart following the safety car intervention, my race was basically over. Even though there are still six races remaining, I am confident for the title battle, we have a strong car,” the BMW driver of the Schubert Motorsport team said. With 89 points, Mirko Bortolotti (ITA) remains in second place, although the Lamborghini works driver was a bit too eager in the battle for fourth against Kelvin van der Linde (RSA, ABT Audi) in the closing stages of the Sunday race, like he had been on Saturday already against Felipe Fraga (BRA, Red Bull Ferrari) on Saturday. As a result, he casually lost a possible total of 28 points over the weekend. Auer, now at 85 points, moved ahead of René Rast (GER, 81) into third place, Luca Stolz is now fifth in the standings with 73 points. Qualifying on Sunday morning already produced the first sensation of the day: 20 cars were within only 0.326 seconds, a proof for the incredibly close competition in the 2022 DTM! And like in the race on Saturday, the van der Linde brothers stood out: Sheldon van der Linde claimed pole position with the Schubert BMW, his brother Kelvin was one hundredth of a second slower in what was the closest qualifying of the season so far and secured second place on the grid. Mirko Bortolotti was fourth-fastest, but he started ninth following a penalty from the previous day due to the collision with race leader Felipe Fraga. With the large field of 28 GT race cars, DTM put in a picture-perfect race start at the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit, in excellent summer weather in sharp contrast to the previous day. From fifth on the grid, Philipp Eng (AUT) skilfully moved up into second behind his teammate Sheldon van der Linde, with Dennis Olsen in the SSR Porsche, Thomas Preining (AUT) in the KÜS Team Bernhard Porsche and Luca Stolz in the HRT Mercedes-AMG next up while Kelvin van der Linde had lost some ground. On lap four, David Schumacher (GER) with the WINWARD Mercedes-AMG caused a preliminary decision as he tangled with the ABT Audi of René Rast (GER) in the final corner, after which the latter’s car slid into the gravel bed. Both drivers retired and the incident prompted a safety car intervention. “I was taken out, like yesterday. Like this, it is no fun,” the three-time DTM champion ranted. Like often in DTM, the restart considerably mixed up the order in the field. After a perfect pit stop, Stolz found himself in the lead from Olsen, Lucas Auer, Kelvin van der Linde and Bortolotti, who benefitted from this part of the race, while Sheldon van der Linde massively lost out in tenth place. Out in front, Luca Stolz extended his lead more and more and brought his maiden win home in a commanding way, followed home by Olsen and Auer.

Double success: Van der Linde brothers write DTM history


With the first-ever 1-2 by a brother pairing, South Africans Sheldon and Kelvin van der Linde wrote DTM history at Nürburgring. Sheldon (23) scored his third win of the season with the Schubert BMW while his brother Kelvin (26) worked his way up to finish second with the ABT Audi. Swiss Ricardo Feller (ABT Audi) rounded out the podium. DTM Nürburgring powered by Mercedes-AMG staged a quite spectacular and exciting race in the Eifel for which the spectators had to wait for hours due to persistent fog until the action got underway at 5.15pm. “That was one of the best races with hard fights for every position,” former DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller commented. It was none other than Italian Mirko Bortolotti, the leader in the drivers’ standings going into the second half of the season, who produced the decisive moment of the race. In the battle for the lead, the Lamborghini works driver lost his patience and tapped the race-leading Red Bull AF Corse Ferrari of Brazilian Felipe Fraga into a spin, leaving both drivers without any points. For the incident, Bortolotti incurred a grid penalty of five places for his next race. From third place, Sheldon van der Linde moved up into the lead from his brother Kelvin, who had been only 20th after the opening lap of the race. Sheldon then brought his third win of the season home in commanding fashion while Kelvin van der Linde secured his first podium result of the season. With 105 points, Sheldon van der Linde claimed back the lead in the drivers’ standings, now 16 points ahead of Bortolotti. René Rast (GER, 81), who finished only ninth with the ABT Audi after a turbulent race, remains third in the standings. “I am absolutely speechless. That has always been our common goal, being together on the podium one day. Today, this dream came true,” an overjoyed Sheldon van der Linde said. “That is what dreams are made of. It is unbelievable,” said an equally happy Kelvin, and added with a smile: “Perhaps next time, the order should be reversed.” The two amicable DTM stars already get their next opportunity on Sunday. Qualifying in the morning having been called off due to fog, the drivers’ standings determined the starting order. As a result, Bortolotti and Sheldon van der Linde lined up on the front row. On a partly damp track, the 28 DTM drivers made a disciplined start. Bortolotti initially led from van der Linde and Rast. However, it was Fraga who had the best getaway from sixth on the grid. The Brazilian moved past Bortolotti to take the lead while still on the opening lap. The action intensified soon, several drivers retired after incidents. Another one to write DTM history was 17-year-old Theo Oeverhaus, who finished 19th with the Walkenhorst BMW in his maiden race as the youngest driver in history of the series. As an appreciation for staying out and waiting so long, DTM has invited all the holders of a Saturday one-day ticket to the Sunday race with free tickets including paddock access. On Sunday, with summerly weather having been forecast, a total of seven races is scheduled. The tenth race of the season, also the 90th DTM race at the ‘Ring, gets underway at 1.30 CEST (live on ProSieben from 1pm).

Dennis Olsen starts the second half of the DTM season with the fastest time of the day


Porsche driver Dennis Olsen has set the fastest time of the day to kick off the second half of the DTM season at the Nürburgring. Driving the 911 of the Munich-based SSR Performance team, the Norwegian lapped the 3.629-kilometre sprint circuit in 1:26.326 minutes. Luca Stolz (GER) achieved the second fastest time (1m 26.353s) at the home race of Mercedes-AMG Team HRT based in the Nürburgring industrial park in Meuspath, while championship leader Mirko Bortolotti (ITA) was third fastest (1m 26.414s) in the GRT Lamborghini in the addition of the two DTM practice sessions on Friday. At the "DTM Nürburgring powered by Mercedes-AMG" event, races nine and ten of the season will be held on Saturday and Sunday (start at 13:30 CEST, ProSieben will broadcast live from 13:00). Most recently, Austria's Thomas Preining in the KÜS Team Bernhard Porsche 911 at the Norisring ensured the first Porsche victory in the DTM. "The Nürburgring should also suit our Porsche," Preining had said at the DTM press conference on Wednesday. This was confirmed in the practice sessions on Friday. In the first session, Olsen held the lead for a long time until Bortolotti secured the fastest time in the final phase. Olsen's Belgian team-mate Laurens Vanthoor was the best Porsche driver with second place, Olsen and Preining finished the practice in fifth and seventh position. In the second practice Olsen set the fastest time of the day, Preining and Vanthoor underlined the Porsche potential on the traditional circuit in the Eifel with positions three and five. "It was a good day. The car was good, we improved compared to last Sunday's test. Now we try to take the next step for qualifying on Saturday. Hopefully we will be in the same position tomorrow! Finding a good set-up for this track is tricky. There are very slow hairpins and some faster corners, but also a chicane that is very tight and the curbs are high. In qualifying, it's all about getting a lap together and not making any mistakes," Dennis Olsen sums up.   DTM Trophy: Best times for Daniel Gregor and Jacob RiegelIn the DTM Trophy, the talent pool on the DTM platform, two German young talents set the best times in the two free practice sessions. Already in the morning, Daniel Gregor in the Porsche 718 Cayman of KÜS Team Bernhard set the best time of the day with 1:35.192 minutes. He was followed by Frenchman Edouard Cauhaupé (Mücke Mercedes-AMG) and German Tim Heinemann (Ring-Racing Toyota). With Nick Hancke (Speed Monkeys Aston Martin) and Thiago Vivacqua (Heide Audi) in fourth and fifth, there were five different brands in the top five positions. In the afternoon, there was a similar picture in the second practice session with all six brands in the top seven positions. Jacob Riegel was fastest in Team Speed Monkeys' Aston Martin with a time of 1:35.414 minutes, ahead of Moritz Löhner (FK Performance BMW), Hancke, Cauhaupé, Heinemann, Vivacqua and Gregor. With the DTM as the top act, the DTM Trophy, the DTM Classic DRM Cup as well as four other race series and a total of 15 races, the DTM weekend presents top-class motorsport action.

The 90th time at the Nürburgring: Hot DTM title battle entering its decisive stage


DTM is getting the second half of its season underway with a jubilee at Nürburgring. Introduced in 1984, the long-standing series will have its 89th and 90th race at the legendary 3.629 kilometres long race track in the Eifel during the “DTM Nürburgring powered by Mercedes-AMG” event this weekend (26 till 28 August). After eight intense races so far this season, the battle for the title is entering its decisive stage with four events in a bi-weekly rhythm: Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Red Bull Ring, Hockenheim. It will be demanding, it will be tough and it will surely be spectacular, too. Will points’ leader Mirko Bortolotti win the first DTM title for Lamborghini? Will Sheldon van der Linde (RSA) secure the cup for BMW in the debut season of the new M4? Or will René Rast (GER) seal his fourth DTM crown? But DTM wouldn’t be DTM when the result could be predicted in any way. Seven different winners from the first eight races reflect the extraordinary variety and the hot battle. > more info & tickets Mirko Bortolotti (GRT), a resident of Vienna, is leading the drivers’ standings with 89 points and would like to secure the maiden DTM race win for Lamborghini at Nürburgring. Sheldon van der Linde (Schubert Motorsport), the only double winner of the season, has 80 points to his tally, one more than René Rast (ABT Sportsline, 79 points), who has a strong comeback in the DTM following a one-year absence as a driver. Next up are Nico Müller (SUI, Rosberg Audi) with 62, Lucas Auer (AUT, WINWARD Mercedes-AMG) with 60 and Felipe Fraga (BRA, Red Bull AF Corse Ferrari) with 50 points. As a result, five brands are represented among the first six places in the drivers’ standings. Halfway through the season, Schubert Motorsport is leading the teams’ standings from GRT and ABT Sportsline while Audi is currently on top in the manufacturers’ standings ahead of Mercedes-AMG and BMW. History was made at Norisring most recently as Austrian Thomas Preining gave Porsche its maiden DTM win. History will be made at Nürburgring as well with 17-year-old Theo Oeverhaus from Osnabrück making his DTM debut as a guest driver with the Walkenhorst BMW, replacing Pascal Wehrlein as the youngest driver in DTM history. Oeverhaus is also the first driver to make the step from the talent pool DTM Trophy into the high-quality DTM. The youngster is pulling double duty as he will be racing both in DTM and DTM Trophy. Last Sunday showed how meticulously teams and drivers have prepared for the second half of the season. Apart from Schubert Motorsport and ABT Sportsline, all teams used a day of unofficial testing at Nürburgring. For the race weekend, the Eifel is also attracting motorsport enthusiasts and DTM fans with summerly temperatures. Of course, the focus is on DTM with its two races on Saturday and Sunday (start at 1.30pm CEST on both days, live on ProSieben from 1pm). With a total of 15 races, the long-standing event at the attractive sprint circuit configuration is a veritable motorsport festival, also featuring DTM Trophy, DTM Classic DRM Cup, BMW M2 Cup, TCR Europe Series, Lotus Cup Europe and P9 Challenge. Traditionally, DTM offers an up-close motorsport experience with many fan attractions and great entertainment, making it an event for the entire family. Tickets for “DTM Nürburgring powered by Mercedes-AMG” can already be ordered starting at ten Euros (Friday) from the DTM Ticket Shop ( and the DTM Ticket Hotline +49 1806 991166. Qualifying sessions and the races of all series will be streamed live at DTM TV (