DEKRA and the Touring Car Classics
Back to the Roots
Between past and future: DEKRA accompanies the Touring Car Classics in the 2019 race season as an official partner.
It was the “golden era” of the DTM. Audi V8, BMW M3, and Mercedes 190E fought exciting battles for position on the race track. The fans in the packed stands cheered on their full-throttle heroes. The German Touring Car Championship was booming. And all that is now precisely 30 years ago.
To mark the anniversary, the legendary racing vehicles of the 1980s and 1990s are making their comeback in motorsports: The Touring Car Classics are bringing racing rarities such as Alfa Romeo V6, Ford Sierra XR4 ti, Opel Vectra, and co. back onto the big stage – and DEKRA is also involved as an official partner of the championship.
The expert organization has already been supporting the DTM as a technical partner since 1989. This partnership will become 30 years old this season. “Particularly in the anniversary year 2019, we are pleased to see the DTM cars from the 1980s and 1990s in action again,” says Guido Kutschera, CEO of DEKRA Automobil GmbH. And, appropriately, the Touring Car Classics are holding individual races in the supporting program of the DTM, in which DEKRA is again active as an official technical partner and series sponsor.
The Touring Car Classics are involved in a total of eight race events in Germany and Belgium in the 2019 season, five times together with the DTM – on historic soil: The first DTM race of all time took place in Zolder in 1984. The Norisring in Nuremberg – the “Franconian Monaco” – has always been viewed as a season highlight. The DTM also wrote history in Hockenheim and at the Nürburgring. And, of course, the DEKRA Lausitzring cannot be missing from the race program of the Touring Car Classics.
In each event, the private and gentleman drivers of the Touring Car Classics complete a free training session and a qualifying session, thereafter a 40-minute race with an obligatory pit stop and an optional driver change. Thus, two drivers can share a cockpit; however, one driver can also drive the entire race distance alone.
The touring cars from two decades of German motor racing history will start in different classes, depending on the year of construction and the performance, and will recruit from former DTM racing vehicles and from cars of the International Touring Car Championship (ITC) as well as from the Super Touring Car Cup (STW). Some of the stars from that time, such as Ellen Lohr, Volker Strycek, and Kurt Thiim, will also take to the wheel again. Thus, maximum driving enjoyment and the finest of touring car spectacles are guaranteed, just like 30 years ago. And DEKRA is part of the ride: The company will present the start numbers of the legendary touring cars with its striking retro logo and will accompany their comeback up-close.