The DTM is back! The German Championship for touring Cars
start your season 2016 after a long winter, as is usually
tradition. Six and a half months after seeing how Pascal Wehrlein was proclaimed
champion at Hockenheim, the DTM starts another year full of changes in the same
stage. With a policy that has changed at multiple points, and a new
setting end-of-week, where there are few variations, is in the
ingredients competitive. Audi, BMW and Mercedes face-to-face with eight cars
by mark. 23 of the 24 pilots keep their position and only Esteban Ocon made his debut
instead of the champion, Wehrlein.
Hockenheim is the only circuit that has two tests in the
calendar, to such an extent that since 1995, is the scenario that opens and closes the
calendar of the DTM. Thus, it is a track widely known by the pilots
and technical, to such an extent that their 4.574 meters and its 13 curves do not have
secrets to no-one in the contest. With the official test of the preseason
disputed also in this scenario, the mileage and experience on this
circuit to cause the pilot to be the that can make a difference, although it is
a path that has two points clear of overtaking.
The DTM has undergone several changes in the regulations for 2016.
In the first place and to encourage competitiveness, the BMW M4 DTM has a lower weight than his rivals and a spoiler to something larger. The margin of this
the passphrase prompt, the system of ballasts now is decided by the return of
classification and change from race to race, as the DRS becomes
in a more strategic by limiting its number of uses within the meaning of the
length of the track and the duration of the race. In Hockenheim can be used
the DRS 39 times by a pilot in the short run and 53 in the main race.
In competitive terms there is also a novelty, as
Mercedes-AMG launches new C 63 DTM, a vehicle that adapts to the silhouette of the C
63 Coupé production. This change appears to be hampered by the time to a
mark that in the margin of the change of Ocon by Wehrlein has also made some
changes in the distribution of their drivers. Audi maintains its eight
pilots with the only change of team between Adrien Tambay and Nico Müller,
while BMW has also made several variations in their partners in pilots,
leaving the Team Schnitzer as the only one that repeats alignment.
And among these 24 pilots, we find two Spanish riders
facing a crucial year in the DTM. Miguel Molina will be competing with
team Abt Sportsline in what will be his seventh season within the
category. The Catalan driver arrives full of confidence after adding his first
victory in the contest in the final stretch of 2015. For his part, Dani
Juncadella has been promoted to Team HWA, stronger structure within
Mercedes-AMG. A dose of confidence on the part of the brand of Stuttgart,
Juncadella should respond with results on the track. The goal, his first victory.
Schedules of the DTM 2016 at Hockenheim
|Day / Time||Session||Duration|
|Friday 06/05 – 17:00h||Free Practice 1||30′|
|Saturday 07/05 – 11:20pm||Free Practice 2||30′|
|Saturday 07/05 – 13:50h||Classification (Race 1)||20′|
|Saturday 07/05 – 16:03h||Race 1||40′ + 1 lap|
|Sun 08/05 – 10:00 pm||Free Practice 3||30′|
|Sun 08/05 – 12:30pm||Classification (Race 2)||20′|
|Sun 08/05 – 14:33hrs||Race 2||60′ + 1 lap|