The people behind the DTM
Gerhard Berger (Chairman)
As a highly successful long-term Formula One driver, Gerhard Berger completed 210 GPs among others for Benetton BMW, the Scuderia Ferrari and Honda McLaren from 1984 to 1997. After having retired from Formula One, he returned to the world of motor sport as BMW Williams Motorsport Director (1998 to 2003) and co-owner of Toro Rosso (2006 to 2008). Afterwards, he became President of the FIA single-seater commission (2012 to 2014). At the same time, Berger also pursued his career away from the racetrack: He is the owner of a company group based in Tyrol which focuses on vehicle construction and logistics. But he always remained closely connected to motor racing.
Achim Kostron (ITR Managing Director)
Achim Kostron, skilled merchant and Master of Business Administration, began his career as consultant in the Daimler Group 12 years ago. There he acquired a development and production expertise by multifaceted product and cost projects in the Mercedes-Benz development area, inter alia with accompanying MBA Automotive Lean Manufacturing. In 2011 he switched to Horváth & Partners Management Consultants. There he lately was responsible in the Automotive Centre for the topic area strategy and innovation management, pressed ahead with the internationalisation of the company by dint of abroad projects and developed the company’s global consulting network in this area. By the multitude of tasks and projects for manufacturers, suppliers and service providers, Kostron developed – via projects in the motor sport area – his motor racing enthusiasm. So, he cooperated since early 2017 with Gerhard Berger for ITR e.V and in August he assumed the position as ITR GmbH Managing Director.
Dieter Gass (Advisory Board Member)
Since 01st January, Dieter Gass has been at the helm of Audi Sport. The graduate engineer for electromechanics construction can hark back to a substantiated motor-racing background. After having completed his course of studies, he worked for Audi as technician from 1994 to 2001 – at first on the super touring cars and then on the sports prototypes. Afterwards he switched to Formula One where worked for 11 years and held several executive positions. In 2012, the man who was born in Gießen returned to Audi and in the past four years he managed the Audi works involvement in DTM. In addition to the touring-car racing, he also is responsible for the involvement in the FIA Formula E Championship and the FIA World Rallycross Championship.
Jens Marquardt (Advisory Board Member)
As motorsport director, Jens Marquardt has been responsible for all racing projects of the BMW brand since July 2011. After studying aerospace engineering he turned to automotive engineering right at the beginning of his professional career. From 1996 to 2000 he worked in development projects for Formula 1 and CART engines before assuming responsibility in various roles within Toyota’s Formula 1 project. He describes being at the helm of BMW Motorsport as his ‘dream job’ and the triple title in the 2012 comeback season as ‘motorsport history’.
Toto Wolff (Advisory Board Member)
After a brief career as an amateur racer in which he achieved endurance racing victories Toto Wolff founded the investment firms Marchfifteen in 1998 and Marchsixteen in 2004, with a focus on strategic investments in medium-sized industrial companies and publicly quoted companies. This included HWA AG’s going public. Wolff has been a member of the supervisory board of HWA AG. Since 2013 he has been responsible for the entire factorybacked motorsport commitment of Mercedes-Benz.