Motorsport – DTM at Lausitzring: nearly every thing begins originally – sport

Klitowitz (dpa) – Normality is returning a bit, and joy grows over the reduction in visitor restrictions at the start of the German Motorsport (DTM) race in Lausitzring next weekend. “We can now once again welcome motorsport enthusiasts from near and far to our region and the Lausitzring,” said Sigurd Heinz, district manager Oberspreewald-Lausitz, of the German news agency DPA ahead of rounds three and four of the series on Saturday and Sunday. Every one at 1.30pm / ProSieben) almost cheerful. “Furthermore, it’s really fun to follow the DTM at the Lausitzring. You can follow the varied layout of the track perfectly from the spectator seats.”

However, supporters of the Touring Car series, which began its second season with GT race cars at the end of April in Portimão, Portugal, aren’t exactly following the district manager’s euphoria. According to DTM’s umbrella organization ITR, presales are slow. Visitor numbers like before the pandemic are unrealistic this season. “The way we’ve built it now, we’re well-equipped for the future. It’s going in the right direction, the situation for the fans is a lot different than it was in the past two years, and we’re very happy with that,” said DTM Director Fredrik Elsner of dpa. “We’re basically fine, but of course you can’t just expect fans to come back on their own after two years of the pandemic and in a war not far from us. We have to do something about that.”

Not between them, just one more step forward, DTM has evolved after its first season with GT race cars. “We have completed more testing than last year and we are better prepared this year. We are starting from a better base,” said Audi driver Nico Muller, who won the second race in Portimao.

Even if the 30-year-old Swiss misses the dropped Class 1 race cars in 2020, which he counts among the best, Muller is looking forward to a second season with the new GT regulations: “You have more teams and more brands than they used to be.” In the old DTM there is more variety. It will be a very tough race, but Lausitzring has always been a good circuit for me.”

Elsner sees a rise with more attractiveness: “With 29 cars, we have more than at any time since 2000, and it’s a very exciting starting field with top international drivers like Nicki Thiim, Kelvin van der Linde and Maxi Götz and rising talents like David Schumacher. And with Six world-class brands, a diverse group that we used to dream about at DTM.”

Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche are adding splashes of color to Audi, Mercedes and BMW. Laustizring offers itself more with its own unique bank turn 1. “It’s a great circuit,” says Lucas Auer, who won the season opener in Portimao with his Mercedes-AMG and, thanks to the big field, raves about “best DTM”..

In addition to the two main races, DTM fans aren’t the only ones looking forward to the other series in the support program. The DTM Trophy Junior Series and the historic DTM Classic Series will celebrate the season openers at Lausitzring. According to race team owner Peter Mücke, the classic series is especially growing in popularity.

The head of the Mücke Motorsport team, based in Berlin-Altglienicke, sees the DTM platform as an excellent place for classic racing cars, and is bringing the Opel Calibra, driven by Keke Rosberg in the 1990s, to Lausitz. Spectators themselves can not only watch the cars from the runway, but also go to the pits between races. “Especially in the DTM, getting close to the crowd is an important point,” Mücke said.

Elsner emphasizes that fans engage with motorsport: “We take fans on a journey across the entire world of motorsports and, in collaboration with our partners, have put together a great program at the track. We have something for families as well as die-hard fans of motorsports.”

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