DTM 2012

HammydiRestarules

Di Resta fan :).
Contributor
Only 3 months tomorrow til this kicks off again :). Nice to see BMW have filled their seats up for the season. Now just waiting on Audi and Mercedes to confirm their drivers then the season can well and truly start :).
 

eaurouge94

Rookie
Paul di Resta? Christian Albers? Does anyone know what they have in common..... yep, they both graduated into Formula 1 after participating in DTM, and looking at this years field of drivers, there's a few more who could be looking to join them.
The DTM is a touring car series similar to the WTCC and V8 Supercars, only that it is based in Germany, with about half of the races taking place in the country. This year marks the return of BMW as a manufacturer, a much needed arrival, as the series had gone a little stale with only Audi and Mercedes. BMW have been extremely active in the driver market, picking up current champion Martin Tomczyk and regular winner Bruno Spengler. With the introduction of a new generation of spec cars, this is a great time for BMW to enter the series. Here are some of the drivers looking to make an impression this year:

Martin Tomczyk- Reigning champ who had an extremely impressive 2011 with 3 wins, becoming the first man to win the championship with an older spec car. Expect him to lose ground early on though, as BMW come to grips with the series.

Bruno Spengler- The series' nearly man, with two runner up spots and two third places his record in the Championship. He will be looking for that elusive Championship, but will be hindered by BMW's newness, much as Tomczyk will be.

Augusta Farfus and Andy Priaulx- Two men moving into DTM with BMW after success with the marque in the WTCC, both have good reputations and will be interesting to watch the two teammates compete.

Timo Scheider- Audi's German DTM darling, two time champion, who will be hoping to hit back after a winless 2011.

Mattias Ekstrom- The Swere is another two time champ in the Audi ranks, and starts every season as a favourite, especially after his run of three wins in the last four races propelled him to runner up last year.

Edoardo Mortara- Last season's best rookie with two third places, will be hoping to challenge for wins in the Audi this year.

Gary Paffett- McLaren tester and 2005 champion will be hoping for a better 2012 after missing out on a podium and stuttering in 7th in the championship last year for Mercedes.

Robert Wickens and Roberto Merhi- Highly rated Mercedes juniors couldn't find the cash to compete in GP2 this year and have been thrown a lifeline by Mercedes, they will surely make an impact.


The season starts in Hockenheim on the 29th April, be sure to tune in if you can...
 

Galahad

Not a Moderator
Valued Member
Looking forward to seeing Mortara's progress in particular, I think if anyone can follow di Resta it might be him. Obviously Wickens and Merhi will have the chance to show their credentials too.
 

mjo

Procrastinating
Contributor
Indeed. Also, we'll get to see racing at the A1-Ring Red Bull Ring and Zandvoort:
Calendar:
1 ------------ Hockenheim ----------- 29th april
2 ------------ Eurospeedwy Lausitz ------- 6th may
3 ------------ Brands Hatch ------------ 20 may
4 ------------ Red Bull Ring ------------ 3 june
5 ------------ Norisring ----------------- 1 july
NC ------------ Munich Olympic Stadium -------- 14/15 july ------- NC
6 -------------- Nurburgring ------------ 19 august
7 --------------- Zandvoort ------------ 26 august
8 ------------- Oschersleben ----------- 16 september
9 ------------- Valencia (not the street circuit) -------- 30 september
10 ------------ Hockenheim ------------- 21 october
 

FB

Not my cup of cake
Valued Member
What a great race - Thank you ITV. Opening laps like a destruction derby, some great overtaking and Ralph doing what he does best (running into people and getting a drive through). DC apparently got his best ever DTM result with an 8th and Suzie Wollf was 12th having had to stop to touch up her nail varnish on lap 17 :snigger:
 

siffert_fan

Too old to watch the Asian races live.
Contributor
Really looking forward to the race at Brands, which we dearly love, despite the tragic loss of Siffert in a meaningless race there. DTM hasd always intrigued us, and now we are going to actually see a race in person.
 

Jos the Boss

Champion Elect
Still gotta check out this race! Supporting everyone's favourite Scot DC! And every other Brit, and anyone everyone else actually!
 

Brogan

🦶 Leg end
Staff Member
Thanks for that Galahad, series link recording has been set :)

Nice to see BMW back in action on a race track.

What the hell was Ralf Schumacher doing?
Oh wait, he was demonstrating his lack of talent as usual :rolleyes:

Who the hell was the commentator?
I'll never criticise Legard again...
 
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