With the 2021 season, Europe’s favourite racing series is going to a new level. More teams, completely reworked regulations, new vehicles – this is motorsports par excellence. But the desperate battle for the podium is not decided by the drivers alone. Success consists of a perfectly functioning interplay of driver, team and partners. Here at SONAX, we have set ourselves the task of helping our partner ABT Sportsline to shine to the fullest, on and off the track. Together, we bring together innovation and performance to make motorsports history. Our passion for vehicle care and unconditionally high quality requirements in our products ensure the GT3 racecars make an impressive entrance.
Class 1 becomes GT3
From 2021, the DTM will use GT3 sports vehicles based on the GT3 regulations of the FIA world automotive association. As nearly every automotive manufacturer – from Aston Martin through Audi, Bentley, BMW, Corvette, Ferrari, Honda, Lamborghini, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes, Nissan to Porsche – has a GT3 sports vehicle in its portfolio, the goal is to achieve a wide range of brands on the starting grid.
Revved up from the start
In the future, a new starting method should ensure action on the race track: the “DTM Formation Start”, a rolling double-file start in close formation in IndyCar style. Obligatory tyre changes remain a fixed element and must be completed by a maximum of six mechanics with two wheel guns in as short a time as possible.
The driver aids allowed
Driver aids like anti-lock braking systems and traction control remain permitted.
Equal opportunities for yet more excitement
To ensure the equal treatment of sports vehicles with different concepts, there will be a new overall car classification system specially designed for the DTM, taking into account not only the power and displacement but also the centre of gravity, and changing from course to course. This independent form of “balance of performance” proved itself already in the 2020 season in the DTM Trophy. The success ballast system is new, however, with the top three drivers in each race receiving 25, 18 and 15 kilograms of extra weight in the next race.
You’ll only find it in the DTM
A key unique concept that remains unchanged is that professional racing drivers – with an international A or B licence – have to race for two sprints of 55 minutes plus one lap – as before, there is no driver change in the DTM.
|Engine and performance||5.2 litre V10 NA motor with 503 hp (370 kW)|
|Gearbox||6-gear sports transmission with paddle shifters, rear-wheel drive|
|Length, width, height and wheelbase||4475 mm, 1994 mm, 1195 mm, 2730 mm|
|Unladen weight||1290 kg|
Date of birth: 31.10.1983
Races entered: 173
Podium places: 32
Career: The German racer Mike Rockenfeller started karting in 1995. The first true race of his career was already a success – in Formula König in 2001 he reached fourth place. This was followed by further triumphs, and in 2004 he won his first championship, the German Porsche Carrera Cup. He has been racing in the DTM since 2007.
Kelvin van der Linde
Date of birth: 20.06.1996
Nationality: South African
Races entered: 9
Career: Kelvin van der Linde began his career with karting in 2006. His first professional race, and his first victory, was in the Volkswagen Challenge in 2011. A breakthrough then came in 2017: He achieved overall victory in the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring. The next stage for the ABT team member is entering the DTM in 2021.
Date of birth: 01.12.2000
Races entered: 21
Career: The racing driver Sophia Flörsch discovered her passion for motorsports on the karting track in 2005. At her first race, the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2015, she made 11th place. Since that year, Sophia Flörsch has been the women’s racing driver for the ABT team and will début in the DTM in 2021.
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