No more secrets: DTM opens the garages for the fans
DTM stands for extremely close motor racing at the highest level. On the track, the drivers and teams racing for Audi, BMW and Mercedes-AMG fight for every thousandth of a second. And when the cars aren’t in action, the work continues in the pit lane or, more precisely, in the garages. Here, the mechanics work on the car and refine the set-up while the drivers and their engineers discuss the approach and tactics for the next outing. The garages are not only a refugium but nearly a sanctuary. And exactly here, the fans on site will be provided direct insight, in the future.
The DTM fans can look forward to a spectacular innovation: from the beginning of the 2017 season they will have the opportunity to get a close view of the hustle in the garages. Three garages, one per manufacturer, will be opened for the fans, thus providing the visitors a glance into the most important zone of the teams. In the Pit-View, the holders of a paddock ticket will be granted access to a garage that will allow him to watch the work in the two adjacent garages – and this also applies to most of the DTM sessions. Furthermore, the visitors also will have a clear view of the pit lane. With Pit-View, DTM is setting new standards and once again leads the way – as usual – when it comes to fan-friendliness and closeness. In no other professional motor-racing series at a similar level the fans have the chance of witnessing the fascination of motor racing at such a close range.
“DTM always has been standing out for its fascinating cars, the enthralling sport and the closeness to the fans,” ITR board member Florian Zitzlsperger says. “That’s something we want to build on and extend, in the future, and we are making a first step on the way to doing so with Pit-View. Only the mechanics involved and the team-members will get closer to the action.”
Fan village, special pit walk and backstage activities
In addition to Pit-View, DTM also extends its already well-known fan attractions. In the fan village, the programme on the stage will entertain the crowds while food trucks will cater for them. And those interested in an even more intense DTM experience can take part in the special pit walks on Saturday and Sunday morning where they can witness the pit-stop practice of the teams at close range. In addition to the well-known pit walks on the two race days, you now also can walk through the pit-lane for one hour on Saturday evening. To make this possible, the gates will be opened for one hour. Furthermore, the paddock ticket will once again be upgraded at certain racetracks: wherever it’s possible, a part of the roof of the pit building will be opened to offer a clear view of the pits from above. Via the official website, DTM.com, the fans can register for backstage activities and can take part in guided tours, track walks and meet & greets.
The 2017 DTM season will traditionally be kicked off at the Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg – from 5th to 7th May. Tickets for this and the other eight race meetings can be purchased via the official website, DTM.com, and by phone via the ticket hotline, +49 (0) 1806 456 456.