As we eagerly approach the first race of the DTM in Hockenheim, the series will quickly be on our shores for Race 2 of the calendar just two weeks later, as the ‘big three’ of the premier German luxury car brands return to the Indy Circuit at Brands Hatch this coming May, where 22 drivers will do battle around the 1.939km track, which can be covered by one of theses fire-spitting V8 monsters in a fraction over 40 seconds.
All three brands this year have a British driver amongst their ranks, with 2005 DTM champion Gary Paffett looking to again dominate for Mercedes-Benz Motorsport like he did last year from Pole Position, but even with a win on home soil, he narrowly missed out last season to defending champion Bruno Spengler, who is now the one with the target on his car.
“Mr. Norisring,” Jamie Green has switched his allegiance from Stuttgart to Ingolstadt for this season, and was in the title fight as well last year, having an outside chance of claiming the spoils if both Spengler & Paffett had not finished in the points in the final race, where the title was only decided by just three points. His move to Audi Sport could prove to be the catalyst to help 2-time DTM champions Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekstrom move the team forward to title glory in 2013.
But you can’t forget about BMW’s British marvel, 3-time WTCC Champion Andy Priaulx, who is no longer a rookie in the most internationally recognized touring car series in the world. The Guernseyman is looking to stake his claim for top honours at a track he and the other two Brits know very well.
BMW Motorsport’s newcomer and former Marussia F1 Team driver, Timo Glock, will also be throwing his hand into the ring, as he joins the line-up for 2013 along with several other rookies in a series that has commanded high respect in the motorsport world. Paul Di Resta has made his way to Formula One after securing the title in 2010, as well as the series having great support series like the FIA F3 European Championship and the MSV-run BRDC Formula 4 Championship that will also hit the track that weekend.
This is an event that you racing fans out there will not want to miss, as TCF will be reporting LIVE on all the racing happening that weekend, bringing you the latest news, interviews, features and race action for your reading pleasure, but if you don’t want to read about it, why not get yourselves down there.
The action takes place on the 17th to the 19th of May, just the weekend before the Monaco Grand Prix, but with tickets just starting from just £29, its well worth the trip. Don’t miss out, and make sure you get your tickets via www.brandshatch.co.uk, for a weekend or day out for all the family…