The world’s international racing series do fight it out on track, but altogether, the people that make up the grid both on and off track are one big family, as the business gets serious when the drivers put down their visors. However, recent severe flooding events in Eastern Germany just near the River Elbe and its tributaries have shown that people truly define their lives by their actions, no matter what they do in life.
So in light of the major flooding that has happened, EUR 100,000 has been pledged to the cities of Meißen, Pirna and Herzberg at the racing pace that we have come to expect from the DTM, with an official presentation being made in Meißen this coming Friday, as three of the drivers and ITR e.V’s Deputy Chairman, Dr. Thomas Betzler will present the mayors of each city with their respective cheques.
Natural incidents such as these can take away lives, affect families and make living ever more difficult without necessities that can sometimes be taken for granted. ITR Chairman, Hans Werner Aufrecht said that the upcoming race at the Lausitzring would no longer just focus on the on-track action itself, in light of the travesty that has occurred in the surrounding region: “In consideration of these impressions, we can’t just close our eyes to solely focus on a car race. DTM can help and it will help. We wanted to make a small contribution that has got what it takes to make the cleanup and the new start fort the flood victims at least slightly easier.”
Audi’s Motorsport Director, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, was quick to point out just how close to home this catastrophe has come to the series, as some of those working in the DTM know of friends and family, whose lives have been severely impacted as a result of it all: “But that’s not the only reason why I’m of the opinion that ITR’s move to spontaneously make available such a big sum for the aid programme is really remarkable. This move demonstrates the spirit existing in DTM. ITR is ready to do without the major part of the returns generated by the race at the Lausitzring to help the communities in the region. Audi as part of the DTM fraternity fully supports this campaign.”
“We sympathize with the numerous families that have been struck by the flood catastrophe. The dimension of this once-in-a-century flood is unimaginable, the pictures are shocking and entire existences are at risk,” stated BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, who went on to explain that by pulling together, the DTM is able to give the people in the region a lot of hope for the future by donating this money to the cities affected, as rebuilding goes ahead for those families and businesses who have lost so much.
Mercedes-Benz’s Head of Motorsport, Toto Wolff, said that with the severe impact the flooding has had on the local region, where all 22 drivers and three manufacturers will race for glory next weekend, it is still too early just how badly affected the region is, and how affected the families are there: “When we will go racing at the Lausitzring, next week, ITR – and consequently we as one of the manufacturers involved, too – wants to make a small contribution supposed to help easing the consequences of this natural disaster, to demonstrate our solidarity with the three communities located in the area of the circuit that have been struck particularly hard, by the flood.”
The drivers will have another great chance to show off just how exciting the DTM has become this year at the Lausitzring, where defending champion, Bruno Spengler, won for Munich from Pole Position last season. But they will also be racing their hearts out for those that have been affected by this significant natural occurrence that has had a major impact for the region’s future, but it will further define just how strong the human spirit is, especially in these times of need…