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Vehicle type prototype
Country or region Germany
Current name DTM
Previous names German Touring Car Masters
First season 2000
driver 16
vehicles Audi RS 5 , BMW M4
tires Hankook Tire
Official website dtm.com
DTM Cup since 2017

The DTM is a racing series for competition vehicles that are derived from a production vehicle. The series, which has been held since 2000, was started as the German Touring Car Masters and is the successor to the German Touring Car Championship or the international ITC version, which was discontinued at the end of 1996 . Since 2005, only the “ brandDTM has been used in the DMSB regulations and in official communications from the rights holder and marketer ITR .


Presentation of the DTM cars for 2012

The DTM is a racing series for works teams that is run by the ITR umbrella organization under the direction of AMG- Mercedes founder Hans Werner Aufrecht . One of the reasons why the term Masters was chosen in 2000 was that there were too many runs abroad for a German championship .

From touring car in the true sense is no longer possible to speak, the vehicles are prototypes . Technically and aerodynamically, silhouetted vehicles with a largely similar design are used, with a central monocoque made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic and tubular space structures. A four-liter V8 engine with a power limitation of around 470 hp (346 kW) drives the rear wheels via a uniform drive train. The brakes and electronics also come from one supplier each.

Plastic bodies, which are similar to the production cars, but which were compared in the wind tunnel before the season and adjusted to ensure equal opportunities are placed on these chassis. The A5 has served as a model at Audi since 2012, the RS 5 since 2013, the C-Coupé at Mercedes-Benz and the M4 at BMW since 2014 ; in the 2012 and 2013 seasons it was the M3 .


The original DTM / ITC 1984–1996

Mercedes 190E DTM from 1992

From 1972 to 1985 there was the German Racing Championship (DRM) in Germany . Originally near-series Ford, BMW and Porsche took part in this racing series. After the introduction of new regulations, the number of starters declined as the costs rose steadily. The then Supreme National Sports Commission for Motor Sports in Germany (ONS) reacted and again developed regulations for near-series, more economical touring cars: the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). But over the years, the costs there also rose due to new regulations and the international expansion of the racing series into the International Touring Car Championship . After the end of DRM and DTM, the ITC fell into the cost trap, and history repeated itself.

The DTM-less time

After the ITC ended, the three manufacturers looked for a new field of activity. Opel and Alfa Romeo continued with class 2 touring cars. There they met old DTM friends such as Ford , BMW and Audi . Mercedes took part in the sports car races in the FIA GT championship . In Germany, the class 2 touring cars also drove in the Super Touring Car Cup (STW). This series was supposed to replace the DTM, but these touring cars were too unspectacular to be accepted by the fans. In 1999 the STW came to an end in Germany too, because even here the costs became too high with the extensive use of the much smaller scope for regulation.

The ideas for a DTM comeback

Mercedes-AMG DTM vehicle (2003)

A DTM touring car based on the Opel Astra Coupé caused a sensation at the Opel stand at the 1998 Essen Motor Show . With this concept study, Opel showed where German touring car racing should go. The foundation stone for the revival of the DTM was laid. Negotiations were held behind the scenes to resume the DTM with new rules that should not be taken directly from the previous FIA rules . Limiting costs was particularly important for Opel, while Mercedes placed great importance on high-performance rear-wheel-drive vehicles. Audi, on the other hand, insisted on all-wheel drive, which the Audi R8 Le Mans sports car did without, while BMW and Alfa Romeo did not want to go it alone in Germany. In 1999, Opel sports director Volker Strycek took part in the beginning and end of the 24-hour race on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Opel with a former ITC Calibra . A study based on an Astra Coupé was shown in the marquee for a “DTM 2000” with a V8 engine .

With Mercedes-Benz, a second manufacturer quickly found interest in this idea. Together with BMW, a set of regulations was created in which the experiences of the old DTM and STW were incorporated. The cars should look as spectacular as the old DTM cars, but not exceed the costs of the STW. There were problems defining the type of drive. The question arose as to how much series technology should be retained in the DTM. For the engine, the choice between V6 and V8 quickly fell on the larger V8. There was more need for discussion regarding the drive. Rear-wheel drive was favored , but most manufacturers only had front-wheel drive cars in this vehicle class . However, since front-wheel drive vehicles have construction-related disadvantages ( traction ), other manufacturers demanded approval of all-wheel drive , but this led to the end in the DTM and STW. So the decision was made uniformly for rear-wheel drive. This may have prevented one or the other manufacturer from getting involved, but it resulted in a uniform balance of power.

Initially, only vehicles based on a coupé complied with the regulations, four-door sedans were not permitted. It wasn't until three years later that it was noticed that this restriction was a wrong decision. In 2004 the manufacturers agreed to switch from coupes to sedans . According to the resulting regulations, the touring cars only had to have external features in common with the cars in series production. Technically, DTM cars are therefore sports car prototypes with touring car bodies attached , so-called silhouette vehicles . However, this made it possible to stipulate standard parts for all manufacturers in order to keep costs low. Parts such as gears, brakes or tires are the same for everyone and thus save development costs for the individual manufacturer.

The new Masters

From the comeback in 2000 to 2005, the three letters DTM no longer stood for German Touring Car Championship , but for German Touring Car Masters . According to the FIA, the World Automobile Federation, only one foreign race is allowed in a so-called championship . Since the DTM also wanted to drive more often on racetracks in neighboring countries such as Austria or Belgium, the DTM was renamed from a championship to a Masters . Since 2005 only the term DTM has been used, it is now a brand and no longer an abbreviation.

The new DTM cars

Concept study of the Mondeo '01

Like the concept studies by the two manufacturers Opel and Mercedes, the final DTM cars were also developed on the basis of the Opel Astra Coupé and the Mercedes CLK . With two manufacturers it would have been difficult to start a new championship. Two private teams also worked on DTM cars. The Zakspeed team, already active in DRM and DTM, developed a touring car based on the Volvo C70 , with which they have already undertaken their first test drives. But the ITR refused Zakspeed the right to start because the Volvo management did not give approval for a product of their brand in the DTM. The second private team was Abt Sportsline , which had won the last STW championship title for Audi and was faced with a new challenge after the end of this series. In contrast to Volvo, Audi approved the private engagement of the Abt troop in the DTM. But a completely different problem arose for Abt: Audi did not have a suitable base vehicle. Since sedans had been banned, the Audi TT had to be used, although its dimensions did not fit into the regulations. However, a special permit from the ITR made its use possible. BMW had contributed to the regulations in 1999, but refrained from participating as in 1993. The Formula 1 project was in the foreground.

Ford developed a concept study based on the third model series of the Mondeo , which was largely adapted to the DTM regulations. Like the other DTM vehicles, the prototype from Cologne was also a silhouette vehicle that, with a V8 engine with a displacement of 4 liters and rear-wheel drive, had little in common with the production vehicle. The Mondeo DTM V8 was never used because the limousine body shape did not comply with the regulations and the other manufacturers of the new DTM did not agree to a special regulation for the Mondeo. The vehicle is now in Ford's own museum in Cologne.



When the DTM made its comeback , many former drivers returned from the "old" DTM to the new one or even made their motorsport comeback like Klaus Ludwig . In addition to Ludwig, Mercedes signed Bernd Schneider, the last champion of the old DTM. Opel bet on the ITC champion with Manuel Reuter and on the last vice champion of the STW with Uwe Alzen . Even Joachim Winkelhock returned to the DTM and thus left after years of loyalty his former employer BMW . The last STW champion, Christian Abt , drove in his brother's team in the privately built Audi TT . Other well-known drivers of international touring car racing also competed in the DTM in the premiere season. Both manufacturers (Mercedes and Opel) brought eight vehicles each to the start; Abt started with three vehicles, but added another one during the season.

Since the plans for the return of the DTM were delayed for a long time, the season started relatively late on May 28, 2000. The racing calendar comprised nine races, all of which were held in Germany. The race took place twice at the Hockenheimring , Oschersleben and Nürburgring , and once each at the Norisring , Sachsenring and EuroSpeedway Lausitz . The EuroSpeedway Lausitz was its premiere race for this course. But due to heavy rain, the race management could not approve the race even after several laps behind the safety car . The race was canceled with the red flag and no points were awarded.

The sporting regulations were largely taken over from earlier. There were two runs over 100 km per race, flying starts and points for the first 10 drivers. There were no compulsory pit stops, but in the race at the Norisring it happened that the tires had to be changed during the second run due to rain. The broadcast on television was alternately taken over in Germany by the public broadcasters ARD and ZDF . To the displeasure of the fans, the races were mostly only broadcast shortened and staggered. The reasons for this lay in the course of the race day. The DTM had no uniform start times and the two races with the repair break in between meant that too much time had to be budgeted that the TV stations lacked to broadcast other sports.

The first season of the German Touring Car Masters was dominated by the duel between Mercedes-Benz and Opel . While Opel was mostly victorious on the faster routes thanks to a powerful engine, Mercedes had advantages on the more curvy routes. The private Abt-Audi usually had no chance. Since the Audi TT was much shorter than the Astra and CLK and therefore at a disadvantage in terms of aerodynamics, some concessions were received during the season due to its unsuccessfulness. For example, the rear wing could be changed again and again. For the drivers there was a duel between Bernd Schneider, Manuel Reuter and Klaus Ludwig for the championship. Ultimately, Bernd Schneider, the last champion of the "old" DTM, also became the first of the "new" ones. At the last race of the year at the Hockheimring, Manuel Reuter and Klaus Ludwig were still fighting for the runner-up championship. In the duel for first place, Uwe Alzen collided with his team-mate Manuel Reuter, who was in the lead, so that he was canceled. Since Ludwig also voluntarily gave up the race after a collision, the runner-up title went to Reuter.


After the incident with Uwe Alzen at the final race in 2000, Opel parted with him in winter. Alzen was able to get a cockpit at HWA-Mercedes for 2001, where he replaced the resigned Klaus Ludwig . This year too, Mercedes and Opel competed with eight vehicles each, although not all vehicles were new cars, but vehicles from the previous year were also used. In 2001 Abt competed with four brand new Audi TT-Rs. Since the production TT was still much shorter than the Astra and CLK, it received another special permit this year due to its unsuccessfulness in the previous season: the body length and wheelbase of the competition were allowed to be matched. As a result, however, the TT lost its resemblance to its series counterpart. Opel was also allowed to bring the wheelbase closer to that of the CLK. In addition, the rear wing of all vehicles could now be placed further behind the vehicle, which provided more downforce on the rear axle.

The German race tracks were left for the first time at the German Touring Car Masters. The A1-Ring racetrack in Austria and the Zandvoort racetrack in the Netherlands were added to the nearby European countries . This year the DTM race at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz also worked .

At the suggestion of the German TV partner of the DTM, the race format was changed. There was now a qualifying race over 35 km and a main race over the usual 100 km. The point system was changed accordingly: while the points for the main race were distributed up to 10th place as before, points were awarded in the sprint race for the best three. Due to a shortened repair break, this format was now easier to broadcast on TV. With the additional compulsory pit stop in the race, as in Formula 1, the team influenced the outcome of the race through the time it took to change tires and through strategic tactics.

The second season of the “new” DTM was strongly dominated by Mercedes. The further development of the previous year's vehicle led to success, while Opel built in a lot of complicated technology in the new development of the Astra, but the teams couldn't get it under control. The Abt team was surprisingly much more successful with the new TT-R and scored two victories of the season during the season. Opel did not win. Bernd Schneider was the first driver in the entire DTM history to successfully defend his DTM title. This year there was also a very explosive race: Uwe Alzen was involved again, who passed Christian Abt on the last lap in Zandvoort with a lot of touches . Alzen won and, in front of his pit team, slammed the brakes in front of the pit wall out of joy. Christian Abt could no longer evade and collided with Alzen. Another problem this season was the flying starts . Since there were several accidents shortly after the start in the first corner, the decision was made to open the races well before the start line. But that did not solve the problem, it even caused displeasure among the drivers, as the traffic lights were sometimes already switched to green without the drivers being able to see this, as they were still in the bend before the home straight.


The Opel Astra V8 Coupé with the recognizable "ears" on the rear wing holder

The German Touring Car Masters were also interesting for former Formula 1 drivers. So Mercedes was able to sign Jean Alesi for the 2002 season . While Opel reduced the vehicle contingent to six Astras, Mercedes increased it to 10 CLK and Abt-Audi also brought five TT-R to the start. At Abt, Karl Wendlinger , a former Formula 1 driver, also got a cockpit. Simultaneously with the change of the new production model of the CLK, Mercedes now also launched a racing version of the new model in the DTM. Opel took advantage of a loophole in the regulations: There were two “ears” on the new double-decker standard rear wing presented at the season opener in Hockenheim. However, these aerodynamic aids were declared as rear wing holders. Mercedes also tested such variants, but they were shaped much more wing-like. Therefore, as a precaution, Mercedes refrained from using them in the race, as they were even more contentious than the Opel variant and could therefore have resulted in disqualification.

After the successful start in other European countries, Zolder and Donington Park expanded the foreign racing events that were traditionally held in the original DTM. There was only one more drive at the Nürburgring and no longer in Oschersleben . The race format, which was newly introduced in 2001, was retained, but a new award of points was decided for the main race, which was identical to the then current Formula 1 , which provided points for the best six drivers in a race. Thus, the qualification race was also upgraded, as three points were awarded for a victory there, but only 10 instead of 20 points for the victory in the main race. New for the DTM from this season was the standing start , which should ensure fair conditions, more tension and safety, as there were several start accidents in the previous season.

Laurent Aïello, DTM champion 2002, at the Sachsenring

Mercedes initially had problems with the new model of the CLK. Over the winter, the private Abt team had further developed their TT-R and could now easily dominate. But in the middle of the season the Mercedes became competitive. A championship duel developed between Laurent Aïello and Bernd Schneider , which culminated at the Norisring . In an exciting race, after fair, lap-length duels, Aiello was able to overtake Schneider in the last corner of the last lap and win. Mercedes tried to defend the championship with stable orders and other measures. It got even more exciting when, at the penultimate race in Zandvoort, non-compliant petrol was discovered from test drives in the Audi from Aiello after qualifying . The result was a start from the end of the starting field. Nevertheless, with this race, in which his brand colleague Mattias Ekström scored his first victory, he won the championship title early. It was the first time in the history of the DTM that a private team won the championship. Opel was not able to convince very much this season; the best result was a third place at Sachsenring of Alain Menu . Jean Alesi made a good debut in the DTM, after a podium finish in the first race at Hockenheim as the best Mercedes-Benz, at which he threw his helmet into the audience out of joy, he achieved his first victory in the third race of the season at Donington Park .


AMG-CLK- "Taxi" from 2004

The HWA team actually wanted to start with the same driver pairing as in 2002, but one day before the start of the DTM season, Mercedes and Uwe Alzen surprisingly split up . Christijan Albers was promoted to the HWA team . With Peter Terting, a sixth driver joined the private Abt-Audi team , who together with Martin Tomczyk formed the “S line Audi Junior Team”, which was sponsored by the Audi group brands . Behind it was the former V8 star team First Choise of the Dane Kris Nissen . Peter Dumbreck , who was last transferred to the previous year's cars at Mercedes-Benz , switched to Opel . The aerodynamics of the vehicles have been adjusted again. So again Opel made some concessions, while the Abt-Audi TT-R was restricted, among other things, in the rear wing height.

As before, the racing calendar remained with six German races and four in other European countries, but the Belgian Zolder gave way to the new Italian Adria International Raceway . The Sachsenring also did not come back on the calendar after disagreements between the ITR and the operator, instead there were two races at the Nürburgring . For 2002, at the suggestion of the German TV partner, the racing format was revised: In order to attract more TV viewers, an attempt was made to make the format more understandable and to adapt it to that of Formula 1 . So there was only one race per weekend, which, however, went over a distance of 160–170 km. In this extended race it was now mandatory to pits twice to change your tires. In addition, petrol could now be refilled in all vehicles using fuel cans, as the tank size of 70 l was retained. Since a new points system was introduced in Formula 1 this season, the DTM took over this again. This system now provided points for the best eight drivers. It was the fourth point system in the fourth DTM season.

There have been many changes in Formula 1 this season, one of which concerned the qualification mode , which was determined using a pure individual time trial. The individual time trial also found its way into the DTM, but only after normal timed practice, similar to the one used earlier in the “old” DTM and ITC as “top qualifying”. A 20-minute timed practice first decides on the ten fastest “Super Pole” participants and sets the starting positions eleven to twenty. The times from the individual time trial of the “Super Pole” alone decide for places one to ten.

The 2003 season was again dominated by Mercedes. Except for the second race at the Nürburgring , which the reigning champion Laurent Aïello was able to win, one of the four HWA-Mercedes drivers was victorious in all other races. Christijan Albers, who was promoted to the HWA team at short notice, became the toughest title opponent for Bernd Schneider , who, however, won the racing series for the fourth time at the end of the season. After the technical restrictions on the TT-R, the Abt team, like Opel, was no longer competitive. However, Peter Dumbreck , coming from Mercedes-Benz , who even achieved second place at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz , was able to set accents again and again . Although brought Scheider in Zandvoort pole position, but after a failed pit stop it turned out in the lead.

The DTM had come up with something special for the EuroSpeedway Lausitz. Instead of turning left into the curve sector after the start / finish straight, the first steep curve of the Trioval should be used. But during the test drives on the Friday before the race, there were tire damage to the Abt Audis of Christian Abt and Laurent Aiello in the oval, which resulted in a break in the wall. Since other teams also spoke of tire problems, it was decided to run the race on the normal Grand Prix circuit again. For the race, the two accident drivers then took over the vehicles from Martin Tomczyk and Peter Terting . The organizer was also creative at the Nürburgring and combined the Super Pole with an evening boxing match that took place in the paddock . So the Super Pole was held under floodlights. The vehicles have been optically upgraded with special reflective foils. Despite the success, another driving event under floodlights has not yet occurred in the DTM.

The works teams from Opel and Audi started this year with their teams Phönix and Abt-Sportsline with slightly modified DTM vehicles from the previous year in the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring , in which the works team from BMW also competed in the American Le Mans Series already successfully competed M3 GTR. This was the first official engagement from the Audi plant with the Abt-Audi TT-R. After 24 hours, however, the Opel team, unsuccessful in the DTM, celebrated a sovereign victory.


DTM race at the Hockenheimring (2004)

The fifth season since the comeback in 2000 was considered to be one of the most spectacular in advance, as it brought many innovations and all manufacturers started again from almost zero. The reason for this was the general agreement of the manufacturers involved to change the base vehicle and convert to a sedan from this season. With this, the ITR wanted to set an example for new manufacturers who had been deterred by banning sedans in 2000. With the sedans Audi A4 , Mercedes C-Class and Opel Vectra GTS, all manufacturers now had a comparable series body in use. The coupés previously used were too different, which had repeatedly led to problems with the classification of the vehicles. The technical regulations remained otherwise the same. As a result, changing the models was not a major problem, as you “only” had to change the appearance, the so-called silhouette, the technology underneath remained the same. This year, the Audi brand officially entered the DTM again as a works team, having been represented in the DTM as a works team from 1990 to 1992 and since the DTM comeback by the private Abt-Audi team. After supporting the Abt team with drivers and also as a sponsor last year, as well as using the TT-R at the factory in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring , the factory entry into the DTM was a logical next step. The new Audi A4 has now been developed directly by the Audi sports department in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm, after the development of the TT-R was carried out entirely at Abt in Kempten. Abt Sportsline has now become an official Audi works team and fielded four new A4 cars. Team Joest Racing fielded two more vehicles, which , like Audi, also made a comeback in the DTM. Joest last worked with Opel in the DTM and celebrated the ITC title with them in 1996 . Joest has been working with Audi on the Le Mans sports prototypes since 1999 . Some of the experience gained there also flowed into the development of the A4, since the DTM touring cars are actually prototypes. The S-Line team was dissolved in order to avoid conflicts of interest - its team boss was now sports director at Volkswagen  .

In addition, Audi's factory entry also brought several new and well-known drivers into the DTM. The former champion from 1991 Frank Biela made his comeback. Together with Emanuele Pirro they formed the driver pairing at Joest. At Abt-Sportsline, in addition to the experienced drivers of the “new” DTM Mattias Ekström , Christian Abt and Martin Tomczyk , Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen also competed . The Abt master driver from 2002, Laurent Aiello, switched to Opel. There, too, they strengthened enormously. In addition to the well-known drivers Manuel Reuter , Timo Scheider and Peter Dumbreck , Marcel Fässler from Mercedes and probably the most prominent newcomer, Heinz-Harald Frentzen from Formula 1. Jeroen Bleekemolen also drove an Astra from the previous year. At Mercedes, Gary Paffett got promoted to an HWA-Mercedes after showing a noticeably good performance in a vehicle from the previous year. The Mercedes teams Persson and Rosberg each fielded 2 CLKs from the previous year, while the HWA team fielded the new touring car based on the C-Class.

The racing calendar changed slightly again. Oschersleben was back on the calendar for the German race tracks . In the case of the Europeans, Donington Park and the A1 ring gave way to Brno and Estoril , which is no longer in close proximity to other European countries and was already used during the ITC . In addition, there was an invitation race on a street circuit in Shanghai in the middle of the season during the summer break. But this was not part of the championship. The vehicles were flown to China by plane. Therefore the manufacturers were not represented with all pilots and some of them used cars from the previous year. Due to the special space available and to save flight weight, pit stops with refueling were dispensed with during the race and they returned to the well-known two runs per race. However, only one run could be run, because at the start of the first race a manhole cover , none of which had been welded shut, was pulled up by the suction of the vehicles and destroyed Bernd Mayländer's vehicle . The race, which started late after all the manhole covers on the track had been welded shut and ended shortly before dark, was won by Gary Paffett .

The championship turned into a duel between Mercedes and Audi , with the protagonists Mattias Ekström and Gary Paffett as well as Christijan Albers . Ultimately, Ekström was able to secure the title early. In addition, Audi took the team and manufacturers' championship in its debut year. The advantage of the new A4 was clearly on the curvy routes, as the aerodynamics, which have to be determined before the season, were adjusted accordingly. In return, Mercedes was able to dominate the faster racetracks. Despite the star line-up, Opel only played an outsider role with the new vehicle. The best placement was just a third place for Manuel Reuter in Oschersleben .

At the end of the season, General Motors announced Opel's withdrawal from the DTM. The decision came from the parent company due to a radical restructuring program. Although the exit took place after the 2005 season, this was denied only with a limited budget.


Audi team in the pit lane (2006)

After Opel announced the exit at the end of the season, a new manufacturer was presented before the season. It was a MG Rover . However, nothing came of this commitment. The British sports car manufacturer Zytek had developed a vehicle based on the MG ZT , but it was never finished and never used because the company went bankrupt beforehand. Opel only entered the DTM with four vehicles this year. Due to the limited budget, last year's vehicle was only further developed in detail. Audi developed a completely new vehicle that now matched the look of the face-lifted A4. In order to be able to make the vehicles of the previous year more competitive, the handicap system was introduced in 2005, which also provided for different base weights for the different age groups. The dynamic handicap system that already existed in the times of the "old" DTM was only intended for the current vehicles. It also did not affect a single successful driver, but rather all drivers of the successful vehicle.

Since Opel only used four vehicles, Mercedes and Audi added eight vehicles each. Abt Sportsline used the four new A4s for Audi, while Joest took over the use of the four previous year's models. Christian Abt switched from Abt to Joest , who vacated his cockpit for the former Formula 1 driver Allan McNish . The 2004 Joest drivers have moved back to the American Le Mans Series and made space free for Rinaldo Capello , Pierre Kaffer and Frank Stippler . At Mercedes, the comeback of two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Häkkinen , who took over the cockpit from Christijan Albers , who switched to Formula 1, was announced. Persson-Mercedes took over the operation of a fifth C-Class of the current year for Jamie Green .

For the first time, the racing calendar should include 11 championship races. The original calendar stipulated races in Moscow and Avignon , but for organizational reasons both could not take place. Moscow was supposed to be postponed until 2006, but nothing more was heard about it later. The races were replaced in the calendar by Brno and a second run at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz . On the latter, a new curve was built for the DTM races, which shortened the length of the lap and thus increased the number of laps. In addition came Spa-Francorchamps and Istanbul to the replaced the races in Portugal and Italy.

This season, Mercedes was again the strongest brand. Despite the handicap weight, Mercedes won eight of the eleven races. Also Mika Hakkinen could subscribe to the winners' lists already in his third DTM race. Gary Paffett won the championship confidently ahead of last year's champion Mattias Ekström , who was lucky enough to keep the championship open until the end thanks to a few mistakes Paffett made. As expected, last season Opel did not go any further with the limited budget than in previous years. Only a single podium place for Heinz-Harald Frentzen in Brno was recorded as the best result.


Mercedes C-Class DTM from 2006

After the Opel exit, the 2006 season was the first DTM season with only two manufacturers. In order to continue to present a field of 20 vehicles, Mercedes and Audi agreed to use vehicles from three different years. In addition to the four new vehicles and the four vehicles from the previous year, two more vehicles from 2004 came from both manufacturers. In addition, the further development of the new vehicles was restricted for 2006 in order to further save costs. Joest no longer took over the use of the vehicles from the previous year at Audi. The team concentrated fully on the Le Mans race with the new Audi R10 TDI . With Phoenix and Rosberg, two experienced DTM teams returned to the series that had previously fielded the vehicles for Opel and Mercedes. The private Futurecom TME team at Audi took over the use of the 2004 vehicles , while Mercedes divided the 2004 vehicles between the Persson Motorsport and Mücke Motorsport teams .

The qualifying was modified again in 2006 and brought into line with that of Formula 1 . Here, too, there were elimination proceedings. The qualifying was divided into three rounds, in which the slowest six are eliminated per round or take their rear starting positions. The number of laps was not specified in the regulations. Only the fastest lap of the respective round counts per round.

The reigning champion Gary Paffett switched from the DTM to the McLaren-Mercedes Formula 1 test team . His place at HWA was taken by Jamie Green , who had already started with a current C-Class last year. In his last DTM season, Jean Alesi swapped teams with Bruno Spengler and thus also the topicality of the vehicles. Heinz-Harald Frentzen switched from Opel to Audi to replace the less successful Allan McNish at Abt-Sportsline . Both Mercedes and Audi strengthened themselves for the first time with a woman. Susie Stoddart had a contract with Mercedes and Vanina Ickx with Audi .

The racing events were again reduced to ten races in 2006. The foreign races were all changed except for Zandvoort . Brands Hatch , Barcelona and Le Mans were new . Since the Indy Circuit, which is just under 2 km long, was used at Brands Hatch , there was a shorter race track on the DTM calendar than the Norisring for the first time .

Since the further development of the vehicles was limited, Mercedes again provided the faster car, as in 2005. Bernd Schneider managed to bring home his fifth overall victory thanks to a good start to the season with two victories in a row and further good points. At Audi, Tom Kristensen became the strongest pursuer of Mercedes and still had good championship chances at the beginning of the season. But with a total of four victories towards the end of the season, Bruno Spengler was still runner-up ahead of Kristensen. Martin Tomczyk clinched his first victory in Barcelona in what is now his sixth DTM season. Heinz-Harald Frentzen remained the only Abt driver without a win. There were no countable results. After he was turned around by a brand colleague at the end of the season, Frentzen expressed harsh criticism of Audi on TV. This did not result in any further contract extensions between the two parties. Overall, the first season without Opel was quite successful for the DTM.


Oschersleben 2007: Rockenfeller before Häkkinen and Spengler

There was no other manufacturer for the DTM for the 2007 season either. So the system that was tried and tested last year was refined. Again, the manufacturers Audi and Mercedes-Benz competed with vehicles from three different years. The dynamic handicap system introduced in 2005 for the current vehicles was expanded separately in 2007 for the other years. Thus it was possible that vehicles from an older year were heavier than newer ones. Since Mercedes was planning a model change of the C-Class this year , which was also carried out for the racing version in the DTM, the restriction on further development was less than in the previous year. A new safety car regulation was introduced this year parallel to Formula 1: It provided that the pit lane would be closed when the safety car exits and only reopened when the field has completely lined up behind the safety car.

2005 DTM champion Gary Paffett returned to the DTM. In addition to the test driver job at McLaren-Mercedes, he also wanted to continue racing. However, all Mercedes works cars of the current year were occupied. That's why he only drove a Mercedes from last year in the Persson Motorsport team . At Audi, Timo Scheider was promoted to the Abt team and took the place of Heinz-Harald Frentzen .

Little changed in the racing calendar. With Mugello , a racetrack with DTM history returned to the calendar and replaced Le Mans , with which, after slight indifference in 2006, no new contract was concluded.

The 2007 DTM season is likely to go down in history as the most turbulent so far. The new safety car regulation influenced the outcome of several races. Mattias Ekström won at Hockenheim , who had the best strategy with an early pit stop after restarting the race due to an accident. Due to the accident, the race was shortened to the end. Ekström's strategy allowed him to take advantage of the new tires and work his way up from midfield. At the race on the Euro Speedway Lausitz that happened meltdown . The safety car had to go onto the race track, but missed the leading driver. However, this error was only noticed after the restart. The consequence was another safety car phase, which only served to establish the correct sequence. However, this was only possible to a limited extent, as some pilots made their pit stops with the pit lane closed. The structural peculiarity of the Eurospeedway led to the fact that driving through the pit lane including changing tires was faster than driving behind the safety car on the race track. A vehicle that turned into the pits behind the safety car came back onto the track in front of it at the end of the pit lane and thus won a lap. Because of these incidents, only half points and placement weights were distributed. In Mugello , Mika Häkkinen , who started from 15th place on the grid , won because, unlike everyone else, he had completed his second mandatory pit stop before the safety car had to hit the track. When all the vehicles were lined up behind the safety car, the pits opened and all the drivers except for the last-placed Häkkinen drove to the pits at the same time. As a result, Häkkinen took the lead, which he defended to the goal. All other positions have been redistributed. The safety car phase also caused a mess at the Norisring , but it did not have such a major impact on the outcome of the race. At the penultimate race in Barcelona there was a scandal. The vehicles of the two Audi drivers and championship candidates Mattias Ekström and Martin Tomczyk were hit by Mika Häkkinen and Daniel la Rosa, respectively, which meant the end for both championship candidates. As there were further collisions between Audi and Mercedes drivers, Audi withdrew all remaining drivers from the race eight laps before the end to “prevent any of the drivers from doing something we all do not want,” said Head of Audi Sport Wolfgang Ulrich. Only six Mercedes drivers finished the race.

Overall, Audi built the faster car in 2007. Especially at the start of the season, Mercedes was at a disadvantage with its new design. However, at the beginning of the season, due to various circumstances, Mercedes managed to place mostly a 2007 model ahead of a 2007 Audi. This changed the weight in favor of Audi. In Oschersleben , this even led to the first victory of a vehicle from last year by former DTM champion Gary Paffett in a 2006 Mercedes C-Class. Thanks to consistently good results at the start of the season, Paul di Resta was even able to temporarily take the championship lead in a two-year-old C-Class and had theoretical championship chances until shortly before the end of the season. At the end of the season at Hockenheim, Mattias Ekström was able to secure his second championship title ahead of Bruno Spengler in an exciting final . At this race, Mika Häkkinen and Christian Abt , who ended their DTM careers in 2007, bid farewell .


Audi A4 2008, Mattias Ekström's emergency vehicle

As in the previous two years , only two manufacturers were involved in the DTM in 2008, Mercedes-Benz and Audi . Due to the model change of the C-Class carried out at Mercedes-Benz in 2007 , no touring cars of the old model from 2006 were used. Instead, with a special permit, they used the 2007 test vehicle as the fifth car from last year. At Audi, the model change of the new A4 was due this season. The new design from Audi was extremely aerodynamic in mind. In contrast to Mercedes-Benz, Audi continued to run two 2006 A4s. However, this led to a problem with the placement weights, as there was only one more 2006 model from one brand. At the beginning of the season, the problem was solved by adding the 2006 Audis to the 2007 group. The rule was that the best placed vehicle had to load 5 kg in the next race, the second best kept its weight and the worst was allowed to unload 5 kg. Since the 2006 was always third-best and was therefore the only one to drop out, the weights of the 2007 Audi and Mercedes increased. So it happened that a 2007 model was heavier than a 2008, even though the 2007 models didn't stand a chance against the 2008 models. This led to the fact that exactly halfway through the season, the base weights of all annual cars were reduced by 10 kg and that the 2007 and 2006 Audis were combined. That means that if the 2007 Audi has to charge, the 2006 Audi has to do the same. In order to make the races more transparent for the fans, the pit stop windows have been changed. In the first half of the season, the two pit stops were allowed to take place during the middle third of the race. As a result, there were only a few tactical options. In order to increase this again, the pit stop window for the second half of the season was extended to the second and third racing quarters. In addition, in view of the results of the races in the previous season, they returned to the old safety car rule , in which the pit lane remains open. In addition, a ban on stable management was decided from 2008.

In 2008 Le Mans returned to the racing calendar , and the season was increased to an 11th race, as otherwise all the racetracks from the previous season would remain in the calendar. A new pit entrance was built for the DTM at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz . As it occurred in 2007 during a safety car phase that driving through the pit lane with integrated tire change was faster than driving behind the safety car on the racetrack, a new pit entrance was created after "Turn 3". In contrast to the original pit entry, which was via the motorcycle variant of the course, this does not give an advantage of a good 250 m.

After Mika Häkkinen's career ended, an HWA cockpit became available at Mercedes-Benz. Paul di Resta , who had long championship chances in a two-year car in the preseason , rose to this position . So for the former DTM champion Gary Paffett only the cockpit of the previous year remained. The former Formula 1 racing driver Ralf Schumacher also got such a cockpit . After his unsuccessful Formula 1 adventure, Christijan Albers returned to the DTM in the private Futurecom TME team.

The newly designed A4 from Audi immediately proved itself to be the fastest vehicle in its premiere year. If you had to struggle with teething problems during the preliminary tests, the A4 showed its dominant side at the start of the season. On the Mercedes-Benz home track in Hockenheim , Audi scored a triple triumph. In Oschersleben , Timo Scheider was able to record his first DTM victory in the eighth DTM year. He also seemed to be the dominant driver at Mugello after taking his third pole of the season in race three. However, after an early start, he fell outside the points and it came to the first Mercedes-Benz win of the season. In changeable conditions at the Nürburgring , all Audis started on rain tires when it was dry, but for the time being there was no rain and the first drivers switched back to slicks on the warm-up lap. Something similar in Le Mans. This was already about the championship duel between Scheider and Di Resta. His Mercedes-Benz was at the start on a drying track with rain tires and lost more and more time on Scheider. When it began to rain heavier at the end of the race, Di Resta switched back to rain tires, while Scheider was sent back to slicks after the last pit stop. An additional stop was necessary for him, so that he fell behind Di Resta and drove to the final in Hockenheim with only 2 points ahead. With a win there, he made his first championship title perfect.


DTM presentation 2009 on the Düsseldorf

Timo Scheider was able to defend his title from last year ahead of Gary Paffett and Paul di Resta. No driver had succeeded in this since Bernd Schneider in 2000 and 2001. Mercedes-Benz was also able to defend its title.


Paul di Resta was the first champion before Gary Paffett and Bruno Spengler . Mercedes-Benz won the brand title again.


The 2011 season was the last for the time being in which four-door sedans were used. There was a double victory for Audi in the championship. Martin Tomczyk won. The brand title also went to Audi.


After BMW withdrew from Formula 1 at the end of 2009 , there was speculation about the manufacturer's entry into the DTM. However, BMW denied it and denied entry in 2010. Motorsport director Mario Theissen expressed fundamental interest, but wanted to wait for the reformed rules and regulations from 2011 onwards. On April 29, 2010, the BMW board of directors stated that negotiations with the DTM umbrella organization ITR were going well and that they were working on a start for the 2012 season . On October 15, 2010, on the sidelines of the Hockenheim race, BMW and the DTM umbrella organization ITR officially confirmed that BMW would be represented in the DTM again from the 2012 season. The manufacturer entered the 2012 season with the BMW M3 DTM . Bruno Spengler won the championship for BMW. BMW also secured the manufacturers' championship.


Before the start of the season there were 2 major changes in the regulations: A Drag Reduction System (DRS) was introduced. The system folds back the rear wing at any point on the track if the driver is 2 seconds or less behind the vehicle in front on the previous lap, which can increase the top speed by up to 10 km / h. In addition, each driver had only one set of Option Tires available during the race, which have a softer compound than the standard tires and are therefore faster, but also tend to degrade. With these changes, more overtaking maneuvers should be effected.

Mike Rockenfeller in an Audi won ahead of Augusto Farfus and Bruno Spengler (both BMW), the best Mercedes driver was Christian Vietoris in fourth. BMW won the brand title, Audi Sport Team Phoenix won the team championship.


From the 2014 season, BMW fielded the BMW M4 DTM, which replaced the BMW M3 DTM, which had been in use since 2012. Marco Wittmann was champion ahead of Mattias Ekström and Mike Rockenfeller . Audi won the brand title.


In the 2015 DTM season, the opening race and the season finale traditionally took place at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg . In addition, the DTM started at the Nürburgring , in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben , the Lausitzring , at the Norisring (city circuit in Nuremberg) and in neighboring countries. In the Netherlands, the DTM held its races in Zandvoort; in Austria the Red Bull Ring was the venue. The main changes were in the race format: two races are completed per weekend. The same number of points was awarded in both runs. The race on Saturday lasted 40 minutes. On Sunday the race lasted 60 minutes and the drivers had to make a compulsory pit stop during which all four wheels had to be changed. Qualifying has also been adjusted. There is a 20-minute timed practice before both races. The driver could decide for himself when to complete how many laps and how many of the existing tire sets to use. Pole position went to the driver with the fastest lap time. The drag reduction system , which was introduced in the 2014 DTM season, was continued in 2015. It ensures a brief increase in top speed and supports the vehicle behind when overtaking. In return, the rear wing folds down by 18 degrees (2014: 16 degrees) and the downforce is reduced. In the 2015 DTM season, the system can be used three times per lap at any point. For this, the distance between two vehicles must not be more than one second. The start / finish line is always measured.

With two wins in 18 races, Mercedes-Benz driver Pascal Wehrlein was crowned DTM champion. The gooix / Original -teile Mercedes-AMG team became team champion and BMW secured the title in the manufacturers' standings at the finale in Hockenheim.


As in the past, the opening races and finals of the 2017 DTM season took place at the Hockenheimring , the other races at the Nürburgring , the Lausitzring and the Norisring as well as in neighboring countries. In the Netherlands the DTM made a guest appearance at Zandvoort , in Austria at the Red Bull Ring . With Audi driver René Rast , a DTM newcomer won the championship for the first time in 24 years. Most recently, the Italian Nicola Larini succeeded in doing this .

In the middle of the 2017 season, Mercedes announced that it would be leaving the DTM at the end of 2018 in order to concentrate on Formula E in the future. Those in charge of the DTM then took up the introduction of the Class One regulations again in order to secure the future of the DTM. These uniform regulations should enable Audi and BMW to use their vehicles in the Japanese Super GT series and vice versa. At the season finale in Hockenheim, Lexus and Nissan paid a visit to the series with their cars and did a few demonstration laps. At the Super GT finale in Japan, Audi, BMW and Mercedes presented their DTM cars to the Japanese audience.


The 2018 DTM season was the 32nd DTM season and the 19th since the series was re-established in 2000. The season began on May 4th, 2018 in Hockenheim and ended on October 14th at the same place. The other races of the season were driven on racetracks in Germany and other European countries, for example at Brands Hatch in East England or on the Nürburgring in Germany. The 32nd season was the last for Mercedes in the DTM.

With the two drivers Gary Paffett and Paul di Resta, Mercedes had two drivers who clearly led the field, so it was assumed early on that another Mercedes driver would become champion. But at the end of the season it got exciting again when last year's winner René Rast improved . With four race wins in a row, Rast went to the finale at the Hockenheimring and increased his winning streak to six, but ultimately lost to Paffett with four points in the overall standings. After the success of 2005, Paffett won the DTM for the second time.


Aston Martin entered the DTM with Team R-Motorsport for the 2019 season ; Mercedes withdrew from the DTM at the end of the 2018 season. For the season four Aston Martin Vantage DTMs were built by HWA, which in the previous season had built the DTM vehicles from Mercedes. The Belgian team WRT joined Audi as a customer team. The field thus consisted of eight Audi, six BMW and four Aston Martin vehicles.

Rene Rast secured his second DTM title after winning the championship in 2017. The manufacturers' championship went to Audi and the Audi team Rosberg won the team championship.

From this season onwards, 4-cylinder turbo engines were used instead of the V8 naturally aspirated engines used since the 2000 season. This increased the power of the engine while the weight of the engine could be significantly reduced. With the introduction of the turbo engine, a push-2-pass system was also introduced, which provides the driver with more power for a certain period of time.

Aston Martin Vantage DTM at the Norisring


On January 24, 2020, R-Motorsport announced that it would withdraw from the DTM with immediate effect. On April 27, 2020, Audi announced that it would be withdrawing from the DTM at the end of the 2020 season. So BMW remains as the only works team. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Germany , the racing calendar was revised several times so that the 2020 season did not start in Hockenheim as usual, but in Spa-Francorchamps.


Technical regulations

DTM chassis 2012

Due to the bad experiences from 1996, strict attention was paid to limiting costs when redesigning the technical rules. The eight-cylinder V-engines with a maximum displacement of 4000 cm³ have to last a very long time. Due to the additional race in the 2018 season (now 20 instead of 18), the engine contingent available to each manufacturer has been increased from seven to eight engines. The engines produce well over 500 hp. Test drives are limited to a few days a year. Many parts of the vehicles, including the tires (from Dunlop until 2010 , from Hankook from 2011 ), the transmission from Xtrac or Hewland , the carbon-ceramic brakes from AP Racing , the electronics from Bosch and the rear wing are standard for all vehicles required.

DTM box from Abt Sportsline 2008

It is interesting to note that the vehicles used are not touring cars as defined by the ISG (International Sports Act of the FIA), but racing cars such as formula cars or prototypes . Nevertheless, the “T” remained in the name “DTM”. The V8STAR series pursued a similar concept from 2001 to 2003 , which in turn was based on NASCAR in the USA.

The DTM traditionally pays special attention to the safety of the drivers. There has never been a fatal accident in the entire history of the DTM.

In the 2004 season a DTM car had a noise level of 144 to 154  dB , in 2010 it was only 120 dB.

Sporting regulations

The sporting regulations were subject to a few changes in the early days of the "new DTM", initially there were two equivalent races over 100 km, as in the period up to 1996, then at times a sprint race over about 35 km and a much longer main race. The two races and the associated problem of being unable to race in the second race after an accident gave Mercedes the unconventional idea of ​​building a modular car with the front and rear if necessary during the short break between the two races The rear part of the racing car could be completely replaced.

From 2003 to 2014 there was only one main race over 160 km in which the drivers had to come to the pits at least twice to change tires. Since the 2015 season, there have been two races each weekend, in which full points were awarded. On Saturday a race was held for 40 minutes plus a full lap (without a mandatory pit stop) and on Sunday the race was for 60 minutes plus a full lap (with a mandatory pit stop in the middle third of the race). For the season, the duration of both races was adjusted to 55 minutes plus a full lap and a mandatory pit stop (without a time window being specified). Since 2015 there has been a 20-minute qualifying for the starting grid for both races. There is also only one type of tire; the option tires were abolished. All of these changes were introduced not least at the request of viewers and fans. They get to see significantly more races and these have become clearer and easier to understand.

The scoring has changed several times:

Points system in the race
placement 1 2 3 4th 5 6th 7th 8th 9 10
Points 2000 to 2001 20th 15th 12 10 8th 6th 4th 3 2 1
Points 2002 10 6th 4th 3 2 1 - - - -
Points 2003 to 2011 10 8th 6th 5 4th 3 2 1 - -
Points since 2012 25th 18th 15th 12 10 8th 6th 4th 2 1
Points system in the qualification race
placement 1 2 3
Points 2001 to 2002 3 2 1
Points system in qualifying
placement 1 2 3
Points since 2017 3 2 1

In the event of a tie, the DTM will determine the winner based on the first places. If there is still a tie, the DTM will determine the champion by second place, then third place, and so on, until a champion is determined. The DTM will apply the same system to other bands in the ranking at the end of the season and at any other time during the season.

Flag sign

The flags are used for communication between the marshals or the race management and the drivers, for example in order to inform them in good time of dangerous situations.

The international flag symbols specified by the FIA ​​apply to the DTM. In the DTM, since the 2012 season, the flags have been instructed and controlled directly by the race management and also displayed directly on the participants' steering wheel; this system is called the Marshalling System here .


Mika Häkkinen at Stars and Cars 2006

In the DTM, great talents for Formula 1 have been discovered time and again, but former Formula 1 drivers have also found jobs in the top formula class after their active time. The Formula 1 drivers Christijan Albers , Markus Winkelhock , Paul di Resta , Roberto Merhi and Pascal Wehrlein had previously proven their talent in the DTM.

The current or previous DTM drivers Michael Bartels (Opel), Pedro Lamy (Mercedes-Benz), Stefano Modena (Opel), Bernd Schneider (Mercedes-Benz), Joachim Winkelhock (Opel), Jean Alesi (Mercedes-Benz), Karl Wendlinger (Audi), Johnny Cecotto (Opel), JJ Lehto (Opel), Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Opel, Audi), Emanuele Pirro (Audi), Mika Häkkinen (Mercedes-Benz), Allan McNish (Audi), Nicolas Kiesa ( Audi), Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes-Benz), David Coulthard (Mercedes-Benz), Timo Glock (BMW), Witali Petrow (Mercedes-Benz), Pascal Wehrlein (Mercedes-Benz) and Alex Zanardi (BMW) previously drove in the Formula 1.

With Susie Wolff (Mercedes-Benz), Vanina Ickx , Katherine Legge and Rahel Frey (all Audi) women also competed in this series.

The Dane Tom Kristensen , works driver at Audi and Joest Racing , won the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the ninth time in 2013 (after 1997 and 2000 to 2005 and 2008). The five-time rally world champion Sébastien Ogier (Mercedes-Benz) started as a guest driver in 2018.


DTM champions since 2000

year Master (brand) Pt 2nd place (brand) Pt 3rd place (brand) Pt Brand master
2000 GermanyGermany Bernd Schneider Mercedes Benz 221 GermanyGermany Manuel Reuter Opel 162 GermanyGermany Klaus Ludwig Mercedes Benz 122 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2001 GermanyGermany Bernd Schneider Mercedes Benz 161 GermanyGermany Uwe Alzen Mercedes Benz 101 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Peter Dumbreck Mercedes Benz 88 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2002 FranceFrance Laurent Aïello Audi 70 GermanyGermany Bernd Schneider Mercedes Benz 64 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 50 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2003 GermanyGermany Bernd Schneider Mercedes Benz 68 NetherlandsNetherlands Christijan Albers Mercedes Benz 64 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Marcel Fässler Mercedes Benz 57 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2004 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 74 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes Benz 57 NetherlandsNetherlands Christijan Albers Mercedes Benz 50 Audi Audi
2005 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes Benz 84 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 71 DenmarkDenmark Tom Kristensen Audi 56 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2006 GermanyGermany Bernd Schneider Mercedes Benz 71 CanadaCanada Bruno Spengler Mercedes Benz 63 DenmarkDenmark Tom Kristensen Audi 56 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2007 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 50 CanadaCanada Bruno Spengler Mercedes Benz 47 GermanyGermany Martin Tomczyk Audi 40 Audi Audi
2008 GermanyGermany Timo Scheider Audi 75 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes Benz 71 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 56 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2009 GermanyGermany Timo Scheider Audi 64 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes Benz 59 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes Benz 45 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2010 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes Benz 71 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes Benz 67 CanadaCanada Bruno Spengler Mercedes Benz 66 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2011 GermanyGermany Martin Tomczyk Audi 72 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 52 CanadaCanada Bruno Spengler Mercedes Benz 51 Audi Audi
2012 CanadaCanada Bruno Spengler BMW 149 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes Benz 145 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jamie Green Mercedes Benz 121 BMW BMW
2013 GermanyGermany Mike Rockenfeller Audi 142 BrazilBrazil Augusto Farfus BMW 116 CanadaCanada Bruno Spengler BMW 82 BMW BMW
2014 GermanyGermany Marco Wittmann BMW 156 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 106 GermanyGermany Mike Rockenfeller Audi 72 Audi Audi
2015 GermanyGermany Pascal Wehrlein Mercedes Benz 169 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jamie Green Audi 150 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 147 BMW BMW
2016 GermanyGermany Marco Wittmann BMW 206 ItalyItaly Edoardo Mortara Audi 202 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jamie Green Audi 145 Audi Audi
2017 GermanyGermany René Rast Audi 179 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström Audi 176 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Jamie Green Audi 173 Audi Audi
2018 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gary Paffett Mercedes Benz 255 GermanyGermany René Rast Audi 251 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Paul di Resta Mercedes Benz 233 Mercedes Benz Mercedes Benz
2019 GermanyGermany René Rast Audi 322 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Nico Müller Audi 250 GermanyGermany Marco Wittmann BMW 202 Audi Audi

1997–1999 no DTM races, until 1996 see German Touring Car Championship

Driver title

Championship title driver Year (s)
4th GermanyGermany Bernd Schneider 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006
2 SwedenSweden Mattias Ekström 2004, 2007
GermanyGermany Timo Scheider 2008, 2009
GermanyGermany Marco Wittmann 2014, 2016
United KingdomUnited Kingdom Gary Paffett 2005, 2018
GermanyGermany René Rast 2017, 2019
1 FranceFrance Laurent Aïello 2002
United KingdomUnited Kingdom Paul di Resta 2010
GermanyGermany Martin Tomczyk 2011
CanadaCanada Bruno Spengler 2012
GermanyGermany Mike Rockenfeller 2013
GermanyGermany Pascal Wehrlein 2015

Brand master's title

Brand master's title brand Year (s)
10 Mercedes-Benz-Logo.svg Mercedes 2000–2003, 2005, 2006, 2008–2010, 2018
7th Audi logo 2009.png Audi 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019
3 BMW.svg BMW 2012, 2013, 2015

Media presence

Television broadcasts

Das Erste broadcasted the DTM races live until 2017 . The qualifying sessions were shown live on the Sportschau website . Sat.1 will broadcast the races from the 2018 season . In addition, the DTM offers all sessions from a race weekend as a live stream on its own YouTube channel.

Computer games

From Codemasters are with the DTM Race Driver -based racing games for different series on the DTM PC , PlayStation 2 , Xbox and Nintendo DS was released.

At the beginning of December 2013 SimBin published the new racing series DTM Experience for PC, which is based on the 2013 season. The series was further developed by Sector3 Studios , formerly SimBin, and continued on November 18, 2014 with the title DTM Experience 2014. For the racing game Raceroom Racing Experience, also by Sector3, the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 DTMs have been published so far. The Swedish development team also released a car pack with cars from the 1992 season.

See also

Web links

Commons : DTM  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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