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History of DTM Racing

Der Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft

The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) is a motorsport series based mostly in Germany, but once in a while in other European countries. The new DTM series started in 2000, after a four year break. In 1996 the ITC and previous DTM (Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft) series ended due to a lack of interest.

1996

The original DTM started in 1984. In 1995, the series were not only held in Germany, but also in other parts of Europe so that in 1996, they were planning to start an international championship known as ITC (International Touringcar Championship). In 1996 the costs of racing started to raise, teams had to travel around the world and they had to race in countries where some of the participating cars (e.g. Alfa Romeo in Brazil and Japan) did not even sell…and television coverage if the series disappeared from all European countries except Italy and Germany. Opel and Alfa Romeo both left the championship after the 1996 season, so the championship was cancelled as only Mercedes was left.

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Results season 1996 :
1st : Manuel Reuter (G)
2nd : Bernd Schneider (G) ; D2-Privat # 2
3rd : Alessandro Nannini (I)
4th : Dario Franchitti (GB); D2-Privat # 1
10th : Jan Magnussen (DK); Warsteiner # 3
13th : Jörg van Ommen (G); UPS # 11
18th : Kurt Thiim (DK) ; UPS # 12
22nd : Alexander “Sandy” Grau (G); Warsteiner # 4

2000

DTM (now called Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters) returned in 2000. They continued the format of 1995, with most of the races held in Germany and sometimes in the rest of Europe.All DTM cars have 4 litre V8 engines, restricted to 470HP. The chassis of the cars are not related to the similar streetcars, but only built for racing. The roof sections of road cars are put on top of the roll cages. Lights and other design features are used to resemble to the road cars. Alfa Romeo, BMW and Audi did not participate…The new DTM only used 2-door coupes (and not the previous sedan versions (e.g. W201 by Mercedes).

In May 2000, DTM started with the Hockenheimring short track version. Only Opel managed to match up with Mercedes. Only Manuel Reuter came second in the championship with his Opel Astra.

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Results season 2000 :
1st : Bernd Schneider (G) – Mercedes CLK – D2 # 1
2nd : Manuel Reuter (G) – Opel Astra
3rd : Klaus Ludwig (G)– Mercedes CLK – Warsteiner # 5
10th : Marcel Tiemann (G)– Mercedes CLK – Original-Teile # 18
14th : Darren Turner (GB) – Mercedes CLK – Service 24h # 42

The car :
Speed : 290
kph (181 mph)
Cylinder : V8
HP : 450
Weight : 1080 kg

2001

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Results season 2001 :
1st : Bernd Schneider (G) – Mercedes CLK – D2-Vodafone # 1
2nd : Uwe Alzen (G) - Mercedes CLK
3rd : Peter Dumbreck (GB) - Mercedes CLK
7th : Thomas Jäger (G) – Mercedes CLK – Original-Teile # 14
15th : Darren Turner (GB) – Mercedes CLK – Service 24h # 42

The car :
Speed : 295 kph
Cylinder : V8
HP : 450
Weight : 980

2001

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Results season 2002 :
1st : Laurent Aiello (F) – Audi TT
2nd : Bernd Schneider (G) – Mercedes CLK – Vodafone # 1
3rd : Mattias Ekström (S) – Audi TT
5th : Jean Alesi (F) – Mercedes CLK- AMG #2
Uwe Alzen (G) – Mercedes CLK- Warsteiner # 5

The car :
Speed : 300 kph
Cylinder : V8
HP : 465
Weight : 980 kg
Price : 450.000,00 Euro (545.000,00 USD)

2003

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Results season 2003 :
1st : Bernd Schneider (G) – Mercedes CLK – Vodafone # 3
2nd : Christijan Albers (H) - Mercedes CLK
3rd : Marcel Fässler (CH) – Mercedes CLK
5th : Jean Alesi (F) – Mercedes CLK – AMG # 10

The car :
Speed : 310
Cylinder : V8
HP : 475
Weight : 1080 kg
Price : 500.000,00 Euro

2004

Results season 2004 :
1st : Mattias Ekström (S) – Audi Sport Team A4
2nd : Gary Paffett (GB) – Mercedes C-class AMG
3rd : Christijan Albers (H) – Mercedes C-class Vodafone/DC Bank
Picture : Jarek Janis (Cz) – Mercedes CLK - Sonax n° 20

The car (AMG):
Cylinder : V8
HP : 470
Weight : 1080 kg (with driver)

2005

(No cars released for 2005)

Results season 2005
1st : Gary Paffett (GB) – Mercedes C-class
2nd : Mattias Ekström (S) – Audi A4 Sport team Abt
3rd : Tom Kristensen (DK) – Audi Sport team Abt

The car (AMG):
Cylinder : V8
HP : 475
Weight : 1050 (with driver)

In 2004 the championship suffered a setback when Opel decided to pull out of the series at the end of 2005. Meanwhile Audi joined DTM. The road models used were now the Audi A4, Opel Vectra GTS and the Mercedes C-Class. All dimensions, like wheelbase etc., are made the same in order to provide equal opportunities without the actual design of the road cars having any influence, like in NASCAR.The gap Opel made was going to be filled by MG Rover, but the company collapsed in April 2005.

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