The DTM is returning to the famous Brands Hatch circuit in the UK. Against the backdrop of the spectacular and unforgiving Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, the series compresses its entire weekend into just two days, on Saturday and Sunday. The compromise means that Friday’s free practice sessions have been cancelled and the schedule compressed into Saturday and Sunday.
That leave DTM’s 18 drivers with just a sole 45-minute practice session on Saturday morning – with qualifying following just one hour later. The 11th race of the season kicks off on Saturday at 13:30 local time (14:30 CEST), with the 12th event starting at the same time on Sunday.
Wittmann chases the leading Audi duo
For the drivers and teams of the three manufacturers Audi, BMW and Aston Martin, the weekend’s program will take place over a tight 40 hours, leaving scarcely any room to move if a driver should put his car into one of the track’s many unforgiving tyre walls.
Audi works driver René Rast (GER) leads the overall standings with 158 points, ahead of his brand colleague Nico Müller (136) from Switzerland. The Swiss is the only DTM driver to score points in every race this season. Marco Wittmann, who recently scored well in the previous round at Assen, Netherlands, with a win and a second place finish, is the best-placed BMW driver in third place (118 points) – closely followed by his brand colleague Philipp Eng (AUT), on 111 points .
Daniel Juncadella (ESP), who celebrated the first DTM victory of his career at Brands Hatch last year, has emerged as the most diligent point collector for newcomers R-Motorsport Aston Martin, taking home 17 points from the last two rounds at Assen and Norisring.