DTM at Oschersleben: step one on the way to the big season finale
That’s what the German motor-racing enthusiasts have been waiting for: after three consecutive races abroad, DTM now returns to Germany for the final three rounds of its 2015 season. Following the appearances at Zandvoort, Netherlands, Spielberg, Austria and at Russia’s Moscow Raceway, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz now are about to travel to Oschersleben where they will continue – from 11th to 13th September – the fight for important points for the hard-fought team and drivers’ championships. Only rarely in the history of the series, the battle for the title has been closer. And the two hottest championship contenders, Mattias Ekström and Pascal Wehrlein are particularly determined to put things on the right track for increasing their chances of winning the 2015 DTM crown, at Oschersleben. Furthermore, the circuit located further north in Germany than any other venue on the DTM calendar always made for extremely thrilling and nerve-wracking races. And in addition, the short distances and the always optimum view of the 3.696-kilometre circuit have been providing the visitors a very special DTM experience since the year 2000.
The extreme competiveness on the 2015 DTM grid is going to even spice up the action, this year. In the 13th and 14th rounds of the season, the drivers want to gain the best possible initial position, allowing them to possibly become or remain a factor in the battle for the tile, on the final two race weekends at the Nürburgring and Hockenheim. Mattias Ekström, Pascal Wehrlein, Edoardo Mortara, Jamie Green, Bruno Spengler, Marco Wittmann and Gary Paffett – currently the seven best-placed drivers in the championship – definitely will fight with their opponents for every single metre of tarmac.
“I don’ feel any pressure,” stresses Mercedes-Ben driver Pascal Wehrlein who has got 120 points on his tally – six less than championship leader Ekström. “Far from it. I’m delighted with being in such a good position in the battle for the title. Oschersleben features many hard corners and bumps. That’s quite a punishment for the material. But I think it’s a really cool circuit.” Bruno Spengler – with 85 points the currently best BMW driver – is of a similar opinion: “The circuit has got quite a number of fast and slow corners. It’s a big challenge for both car and driver – and that’s exactly what I like.” Spengler was the Bavarians’ most successful driver at Moscow but despite the ongoing weight advantage for BMW, he isn’t ready to get too confident. “We have to keep our feet on the ground,” he underlines. “Despite usually having to race with more weight aboard their cars, Audi – and Mercedes-Benz, too – have been delivering on a more consistent level than we did, this year. Therefore, it will be a difficult race meeting for us.” Meanwhile, Mike Rockenfeller will travel to the Magdeburger Börde region with massively boosted confidence. He won the Sunday race at Moscow, with his Audi RS5 DTM, and hopes “That we are going to once again find a very good set-up and will be able to build on the momentum we gained at Moscow.” Rockenfeller also looks forward to the races at the twisting circuit: “You are busy all the time. Yes, it’s exhausting – but I like it.”
The 2015 DTM season leaves nothing to be desired, for the motor-racing enthusiasts. The drivers will already have to really go for it in the qualifying session on Saturday to secure a good grid position for the 40-minute Saturday race that will be started at 13:30hrs CEST (12:30hrs BST). And on Sunday, the fans will have the chance of enjoying even more thrilling DTM action. A second qualifying session will be followed by the 60-minute race started at 15:15hrs CEST (14:15hrs BST).
But not only the DTM season is going to enter its home straight, at Saxony-Anhalt: the visitors on site also may look forward to witnessing thrilling battles in the Audi TT-Cup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany that also will contest two races each, in the DTM support programme. And many motor-racing enthusiasts certainly also will look forward to the ADAC Formula 4 that is going to make its first appearance in the DTM support programme, this year. After all, the grid features Mick Schumacher, the son of motor-sport legend Michael Schumacher. Mick Schumacher is contesting his debut season in the series that will contest three races, over the course of the Oschersleben weekend. And despite still be so young, he already is extremely popular with the fans.
Those who haven’t got the opportunity to witness the action on site nonetheless can keep up with the Oschersleben race action. DTM’s German TV partner ARD, for instance, will cover both DTM races live: on Saturday, 12th September, from 13:00hrs CEST (12:00hrs BST) and on Sunday, 13th September, from 15:00hrs CEST. In addition, both qualifying sessions will be streamed live at sportschau.de and DTM.com. Furthermore, the fans are provided additional interesting information on the race action in Saxony-Anhalt via live ticker, live timing and live onboard cameras in the vehicles.
The DTM weekend in the Magdeburger Börde will be kicked off on Friday, 11th September. Please find the time schedule and everything worth knowing about the three-day event here. Tickets can be purchased at DTM.com to then be printed out in the Print@Home method or at the Motorsport Arena box offices.