That’s the weight of the DTM cars at Spielberg
In the next DTM race meeting, at Spielberg, Austria, BMW drivers Martin Tomczyk and Tom Blomqvist will race the lightest cars on the grid while Mattias Ekström and Pascal Wehrlein will have to contest the races at the Red Bull Ring with the heaviest vehicles. Please find below detailed information on the Spielberg starting weights.
Since 2014, the performance weights in DTM have been used to control the balance of power between the three premium-car manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Following a race weekend, the best-placed cars of the most successful brand have to take performance weights aboard while the losers of the respective weekend may contest the following DTM doubleheader with slightly reduced weight.
While a lot of drivers BMW celebrated – inter alia thanks to the lowest starting weights, compared to Audi and Mercedes-Benz – top-10 results, at Zandvoort, Martin encountered a weekend to forget: in both races, the 2011 champion was forced into early retirement. Consequently, his ‘penalty’ for the successes of his manufacturer will be limited and the weight of his car will amount to just 1110kg – the lightest car on the grid. The BMW M4 DTM of rookie Tom Blomqvist will be just 2.5kg heavier as the Briton scored just six points – less than all the other BMW drivers apart from Tomczyk.
In the meantime, Audi’s old hand Mattias Ekström and Mercedes young gun Pascal Wehrlein will have to cope with the heaviest cars, in two and a half weeks in Austria. Their vehicles will start into the races with a weight of 1127.5kg, thus being 17.5kg heavier than Tomczyk’s vehicle – a difference that arguably will make an impact on the lap times. Consequently, the currently toughest rivals of championship leader Jamie Green will have to try really hard if they want to keep on closing the gap to the Briton.
And although Mercedes driver Robert Wickens will have to race with one of the heaviest cars in the field (1125kg), at the Red Bull Ring, he regards the performance weights as a good solution: “In Formula 1, for instance, it’s all about maximum performance. And in recent years we all could witness that this doesn’t exactly increase the excitement of the races. In DTM, however, the situation is different: here, it’s about providing the crowds a great show with overtaking manoeuvres and thrilling door-to-door battles. I think that the performance-weight regulations are a good tool to achieve this goal.”