The DTM Season 2018
The highest possible safety standards monitored by DEKRA are absolutely key for everybody involved in the 2018 DTM season as the cars once again get even faster.
DTM's Technical Regulations reduce the amount of aerodynamic downforce by about a third in comparison to the 2017 season. As this leads to less drag, top speeds will rise dramatically this year. The front skirt of the car has undergone the most changes and was designed to be much simpler than in the past. Several aero flicks have been removed from the car in the process. Also, the contouring of the side channel has been revised heavily. The result is a race car that is much less stable in corners specifically and even more demanding to drive.
The cars will be put through their paces on more occasions this year as the 2018 calendar features ten national and international events, which means about 400 additional kilometers of driving in comparison to 2017. Misano (Italy), is the only new-for-2018 track on the calendar and this summer will stage the first ever DTM night race. The former British Grand Prix venue Brands Hatch will see DTM action again this year as it returns after a few years' hiatus. All of DTM's landmark events have remained in the calendar, of course: Hockenheim will host the first and last race weekends of the season. At the historic Norisring in Nuremberg the DTM cars will take to a city track again and Lausitzring and Nürburgring will welcome DTM as well. To round off the calendar DTM will go abroad to race in Budapest, Zandvoort and Spielberg this year.
For Mercedes it is time to say goodbye after the 2018 season. The brand has decided to withdraw from DTM. But for its last chance to win the prestigious championship title Mercedes will field a strong driver line-up including former DTM champion Pascal Wehrlein who returns to DTM from Formula 1. Audi on the other hand has to manage without two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekström after the Swede called time on his career after the 2017 season with Robin Frijns replacing him in the Audi team. With Philip Eng and Joel Eriksson stepping up to DTM, BMW has appointed two rookie drivers for their 2018 challenge. In total, seven former DTM champions will compete for even more glory this year: Paul Di Resta, Gary Paffett, Mike Rockenfeller, Bruno Spengler, Pascal Wehrlein, Marco Wittmann and reigning champion René Rast. 13 of DTM's 18 drivers have managed to win at least one race in the series already. Therefore, it may will be one of the most difficult seasons to pick a favorite for the title. This gives even more weight to the close cooperation between DTM and DEKRA to guarantee a balanced and secure competition.
The partnership will once again be very visible as each DTM race car will carry DEKRA's distinctive green-white logo. There is no better way to show that DEKRA and DTM simply belong together. As for DEKRA, this partnership is not only about sponsoring: it is our core competency spiced with passion.