Aston Martin to join DTM grid in 2019

Aston Martin to join DTM grid in 2019

Team R-Motorsport and HWA will establish a joint venture responsible for the development, building and running of the Aston Martin DTM racers.

Gerhard Berger, chairman of the DTM umbrella organisation ITR e.V., said the news was hugely positive for the series, which faced dropping to just two manufacturers in Audi and BMW after losing one of its biggest teams in Mercedes.

Aston Martin will join the DTM championship next year, replacing Mercedes, who has left the series, on the grid.

For astute readers, the name HWA may ring a bell.

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DTM cars now run 4.0-liter V-8 engines but will switch to 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4s next season as part of a harmonization of rules with Japan's Super GT.

"This decision of a luxury sports-car manufacturer such as Aston Martin is a historic event for our series and a milestone for the global orientation of DTM", explains Gerhard Berger. In the Deutsche touring auto series. "The DTM offers first class sport and is close to the fans and is the ideal presentation stage for us". "Aston Martin are well respected and appreciated competitors in GT racing". The deal is largely a customer project, unlike Aston Martin's Prodrive-run Le Mans GTE team. "We are looking forward to having AF Racing in cooperation with the tradition-rich brand Aston Martin aboard", explains Audi motorsport boss Dieter Gass. "As new entrants into DTM, we wish R-Motorsport every success as they prepare for the 2019 season".

R-Motorsport also makes it very clear that not only its endorsement for the collaborative Class 1 regulations between DTM and Super GT, but that "internationalisation" of the silhouette racing concept is a key component to its decision to enter the marketplace. The number of Aston Martin cars and the drivers will be announced at a later date.

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