DTM gets in gear to begin 2008 with a bang.

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 Düsseldorf as the leading European tin-top series returns to the sports city's exclusive Königsallee boulevard.

As over recent years, fans will have the chance of experiencing the championship at close range, right in Düsseldorf'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 Ekström 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 Düsseldorf 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 Düsseldorf on this day,” added Düsseldorf'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.

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Grid girls herald the start of the 2007 DTM campaign at the series` Dusseldorf launch [pic credit: DTM Media]
The 2007 DTM launch in Dusseldorf [pic credit: DTM Media]
Mercedes star Susie Stoddart getting a taste of pit-stop action from the other side during the 2007 DTM presentation in Dusseldorf (picture courtesy of www.daimlerchrysler.com)
Felix Rosenqvist, Mercedes Team ART, DTM [Credit: Mercedes]
Marco Wittmann, BMW, DTM, [Credit: DTM]
Robert Wickens, DTM, Moscow Raceway [Credit: DTM]
Mattias Ekstrom - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Robert Wickens - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team HWA [pic credit DTM]
Rene Rast - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Rene Rast - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Edoardo Mortara - Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline [pic credit Audi Sport]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Marco Wittmann - BMW Team RMG [pic credit BMW]
Gary Paffett - Mercedes-AMG DTM Team ART [pic credit DTM]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]
Jamie Green - Audi Sport Team Rosberg [pic credit Audi Sport]

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Adam - Unregistered

January 12, 2008 12:28 PM

While I enjoy the DTM as much as the WTCC and BTCC, the series seems to lack other manufacturer interest until rumour of the Lexus surfaced. There''s an interesting story at ontheroad website which seems to confirm that Lexus will be in DTM.

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