DTM is the most popular international touring series in Europe, with a legacy that spans nearly three decades. A full season of races is held every year, from April or May through to October, and international manufacturers and their exceptionally powerful cars are well represented on the tracks.
The initials “DTM” stand for “Deutsche Tourenwagen-Meisterschaft” – a tongue twister of a German phrase that roughly translates to “German Touring Car Championship”. It began in 1984 as a race for near-production cars, and now showcases the most high-tech touring cars from brands including Mercedes-AMG. There are usually 10 races in each DTM season, taking drivers across the length and breadth of Europe, with stops at the world-famous Nürburgring and Brands Hatch along the way.
After a three season break, DTM returned in 2000 with a fresh and renewed emphasis on reasonable costs – for high-performance vehicles that could be constructed and driven less expensively and with improved fuel economy. Since the turn of the century, Mercedes-Benz AMG models have won DTM seasons no less than five times, driven by exceptionally talented racers Bernd Schneider and Paul Di Resta.
This month, the second-to-last and penultimate races of the 2012 DTM season will be held at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on September 19th and Circuit Ricardo Tomo in Valencia on September 30th. The final race is scheduled for late October, marking a return to the Hockenheim circuit in Germany, where drivers initially raced at the end of April. Currently, the Mercedes-Benz Bank AMG team is leading the championship, and Mercedes-Benz is additionally the top manufacturer on the leaderboard.
Keep checking back for more information and results of upcoming DTM races.