Following on from a successful 2007 campaign, DTM 2008 is already revving up to launch itself off the starting grid, with its traditional pre-season presentation planned for D?sseldorf as the leading European tin-top series returns to the sports city's exclusive K?nigsallee boulevard.

As over recent years, fans will have the chance of experiencing the championship at close range, right in D?sseldorf's city centre. In addition to demonstration runs by both Audi and Mercedes' DTM machines and cars racing in the support series', the programme will also feature autograph sessions, interviews, competitions and live music.

Reigning champion Mattias Ekstr?m and runner-up Bruno Spengler will join the rest of the DTM pack to present themselves for the first time after the off-season and, just as was the case in the past years, admission will be free.

"In April 2007, some 180,000 visitors welcomed DTM enthusiastically," remarked Hans Werner Aufrecht, chairman of DTM rights-holder and promoter ITR e.V. "Hence we are delighted with having the chance of again coming to D?sseldorf for our 2008 season launch.

"The ambience was unique, and I'm convinced next year's launch will prove to be another great day for the fans, the city and DTM."

"The entire motor racing world will focus on D?sseldorf on this day," added D?sseldorf's Governing Mayor, Joachim Erwin. "We are going to again provide both DTM and the big number of visitors a unique event."

The launch will take place on April 6, a week prior to the opening round of the 2008 season, at Hockenheim over the weekend of 11-13 April.