The DTM is starting a new chapter in 2019. For the first time, the racing series – which started in 1984 – will exclusively run cars with turbo engines. With around 600 HP, the cars from the latest generation are the most powerful DTM vehicles of all time. The new technical regulations will in future also be adopted by the Japanese Super GT series – paving the way for joint races with the manufacturers from the Far East.
After the exit of Mercedes-Benz, the DTM now welcomes Aston Martin to join the existing manufacturers Audi and BMW. We can also look forward to new customer teams, such as the Belgian WRT Team, which will enter two Audi RS 5 DTM.
Other regulation changes promise even more exciting racing. The Drag Reduction System (DRS) was revised to make overtaking easier. A slightly wider rear wing is used, now only consisting of a single profile. The drivers are allowed to use the DRS during the race when the distance to the car in front is less than three seconds. During the last five laps, all drivers – except for the driver in the lead – can use the DRS regardless of the distance to the car in front. The new Push-to-Pass system promises even more action: The drivers can now call off up to an additional 30 HP at the push of a button, a maximum of twelve times. This should ensure that the cars can break through the 300 km/h barrier on the longest straights.
The pit stops will also see more action, with now only four mechanics – instead of previously nine – changing the tires. The schedule was also revised. Two free practices take place om Fridays, and one qualifying and one race each on Saturday and Sunday.
ABT Sportsline has been part of the DTM since the 2000 season. In the first four seasons, the Bavarians entered as a small private team with the Abt-Audi TT-R developed in-house to take on the Mercedes and Opel factory teams – and with sensational success: The first two wins already came in 2001, and in 2002 ABT driver Laurent Aiello did the impossible and won the title. Since 2004, ABT Sportsline has entered the popular touring car series as an Audi factory team and has established itself as one of the absolute top teams. ABT won the drivers' championship four times (2004 and 2007 with Mattias Ekström, 2008 and 2009 with Timo Scheider). With overall 55 wins and 67 pole positions, they are the second most successful team in the long history of the DTM.
Since 2018, the DTM has a new TV partner: SAT.1 exclusively broadcasts the races of the popular touring car series live in Germany. The races start at 1:30 pm on each Saturday and Sunday. At Brands Hatch in England, the races will start at 2:30 pm due to the different time zone.