The DTM returns to Brands Hatch after its last appearance there in 2013. The legendary track, located southeast of London, presents Mike Rockenfeller and Loïc Duval with a few unique features. The two most important are the event duration and the circuit itself.
Unlike previous racing weekends, all sessions take place on Saturday and Sunday. This is because noise protection regulations only allow a certain number of ‘noise days’ on the famous track. Therefor fans can expect two free practice sessions, qualifying and the race on Saturday, plus a 20-minute practice session, qualifying and the second race on Sunday.
This year will see the racing cars on the 3.908-kilometre Grand Prix circuit for the first time, the DTM having previously been held on the shorter 1.973-kilometre Indy circuit. Mike Rockenfeller already had a big taste of success there in 2013, when his pole-position led to victory. To date, Rocky’s the last DTM winner on the English circuit.
A garden party as a perfect preparation
Several days without a few laps in a fast car can be rather boring and so Mike Rockenfeller thought he’d get behind the wheel of an Audi last weekend. But this time, not as we’d normally expect.
During the “Classic Days Schloss Dyck”, he put the pedal to the metal and drove some demonstration laps in a red Audi RS 5 DTM, in contrast to the green-white Schaeffler Audi, thrilling the fans by doing donuts and burning rubber with a vengeance! Schloss Dyck and the enormous park provided the perfect backdrop for the motorsport party. A good 40.000 guests visited the classic festival, collected autographs from Rocky and admired the old DTM cars.