When you spend most of your adult life driving race cars, there will always be that urge making you want to get back to it long after you’ve retired. Once a racer, always a racer.
For F1 drivers, stepping away from the highest level of motor racing competition in the world comes with a big risk. You’ll always want to have that itch scratched no matter how worn out in the shoes you’ve become.
For David Coulthard, a return to Formula One is out of the question since his mediocre performance and announced retirement in the 2008 Grand Prix, but that doesn’t mean that his racing career is over. Far from it, actually. The 37-year old Scot has been announced as one of the drivers for the Mercedes-Benz team that will be competing at the DTM German touring car series. Coulthard’s one of a list of former F1 drivers that have found refuge in the DTM series, which also includes Jean Alesi, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher, and former McLaren teammate and two-time F1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen.
We don’t know how Coulthard’s driving skills will translate from Formula One to touring car racing, but if it’s the same old DC we know from his days with McLaren Mercedes, then we’re pretty confident that he’s going to keep on raising hell out on the race track.
Martin Tomczyk increased his chances to win the 2007 DTM title after he won the European Grand Prix, this weekend at Nurburgring. The Audi driver finished the race with an advantage of over 6 seconds in front the Mercedes driver Bruno Spengler, who got only the second place.
The 3rd place was occupied by another Audi driver, the German Mattias Ekstrom. Ekstrom overtook Timo Scheider who placed on the 4th position. Behind them were three Mercedes-Benz cars driven by Jamie Green, Paul Di (...)
This weekend will be a hot one for the current leader of the DTM championship, Mattias Ekström (Audi A4 DTM). Ekström will try to defend his lead in front of the the Mercedes drivers such as Bernd Schneider and Bruno Spengler. The DTM travels now at Nürburgring where Mercedes has an advantage in front of Audi.
Bruno Spengler, the Mercedes-Benz driver hopes that he will repeat this weekend his 2006 victory on the German race track. Spengler and his team mate Bernd Schneider hope that this (...)
After some exciting duels between Alexandre Prémat and Martin Tomczyk, Tomczyk find a way to overtake the 25 year old driver with just a few yards before crossing the finish line and won his first DTM race of the season.Due to its success of today, Martin Tomczyk is now the main rival in the battle for the tittle, with a difference of 8 points between him and the leader, Mattias Ekström. Bruno Spengler is the third competitor for the title with 26 points.
The battle for the 3rd place was (...)
Timo Scheider got his first pole position in the DTM Championship after Audi dominated the qualifying session at Zandvoort.He obtained the result when there were only 10 remaining from the session.Audi obtained again the top five positions in on the grid for the second race running.
Scheider was followed closely by Mattias Ekstrom who will start the race from the second place.On the 3rd place finished Martin Tomczyk due to the little "accident" with Ekstrom.Tomczyk overtook the 2006 Audi (...)
Mika Hakkinen amazed everyone at the DTM race from Mugello.The Finn won the race after an amazing run, recovering from 15th place to the most wanted 1st. This represented the second victory of the season for Hakkinen.
Mattias Ekstrom, the winner of the pole position a Mugello, finished the race on the second place with his Audi A4 DTM, being with 0.371 slower than Hakkinen. With these 8 points won in this race, Ekstrom took over the lead in the drivers classification.
3rd place was (...)
Mattias Ekstrom took Audi’s first pole position of this season after a qualifying session dominated almost entirely by Audi.Audi dominated top 5 places of the session overtaking Bruno Spengler and Jamie Green, both driving a Mercedes.
Timo Scheider followed closely the Audi of Mattias Ekstrom, while the Audi driven by Martin Tomczyk finished on the 3rd place.Alexandre Premat closed the top 5 in his 2006 Audi A4 DTM.
After dominating the testing session Audi clearly dominate the (...)
Audi dominated the first session of testing at Mugello, with its driver Martin Tomczyk who set the fastest lap time of 1:45.198 minutes.Tom Kristensen followed closely Tomczyk in his Audi A4 DTM.The difference between the 2 cars was only 0.3 seconds.Enough to make Martin Tomczyk the leader of the testing session.
Both drivers were followed by another 3 Audi cars driven by Mattias Ekström, Timo Scheider and Mike Rockenfeller.
The fastest Mercedes-Benz was the one driven by Gary Paffett. (...)
This weekend at Mugello, in Italy, at 30 km north of Florence is going to take place the 6th round of the 2007 Dtm Championship.So far, 5 different drivers won this race and is still a mystery who is going to be favourite in Italy.
It seems that Bernd Schneider, is favourite to win the race on the Italian race track. Schneider is driving for Mercedes-Benz and he is currently the leader of the championship after finishing in the 2nd place at the race from Nuremberg. Schneider leads the (...)
Three engines for each team of two registered competitors are sealed, two weeks before the start of the season.If the seal is broken during the year, the teams are disqualified.Only V8 engines with a cylinder bank angle of 90 degrees and a maximum displacement of four litres and a maximum of four valves per cylinder are permitted in the DTM. The induction system must be fitted with two air restrictors each of a maximum 28 mm diameter.
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Bruno Spengler claimed the Norisring race from Nuremberg, winning with its AMG Mercedes C-class.
The 23-year old driver crossed the line in first place ahead Bernd Schneider, his team-mate from Mercedes . The success at the Norisring is the fifth DTM career win for Spengler, who also won this race last year. Spengler had beside him on the podium the Audi A4 driver Mattias Ekström. Since the
start of the DTM in 1984, 333 races have been held including today’s round at Norisring.
At very (...)
The Canadian driver,Bruno Spengler, set the quickest time at the Norisring circuit winning the pole position for its team,Mercedes-Benz.
“This was the most difficult pole position of the year, because conditions were so extraordinary”said the driver after finishing the race.
Mika Hakkinen,the other driver from the Mercedes-Benz team was with 0.2 seconds slower than Spengler.Bernd Schneider and Gary Paffett finished on the 3rd and respectively 4th place.They succeeded in putting (...)