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Featured Donington or Brands Hatch Could Host DTM in 2018

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Paul Jeffrey, Nov 25, 2017.

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  1. Paul Jeffrey

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    DTM Donington Park 2003.jpg
    The DTM looks set to return to UK shores in 2018, with the historic Donington Park and Brands Hatch GP circuits the leading contenders to host the German touring car series.

    The DTM, or Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters to give it its full name, hasn't been to the United Kingdom since Brands Hatch hosted the last event on its Indy circuit layout back in 2013, a race won by eventual champion Mike Rockenfeller in his Phoenix Racing Audi RS5 DTM, however that all looks set to change from next season as DTM and RTL Chairman Gerhard Berger has confirmed the series will be expanding to a 10 race calendar next year, with both Donington Park and Brands Hatch both mooted as potential venues for the German series.

    Despite Brands having held much of the DTM limelight in recent years it is worth remembering Donington too has a history with the series, having hosted the British round of the championship on two separate occasions in the modern era, the last of which was in 2003 using the longer Grand Prix variation of the circuit.

    According to sources it is expected that the UK round of the series could be run as the opening race of the season on April 21st - 22nd, either using Donington or the Grand Prix layout of the Brands Hatch circuit.

    As part of a plan to expand the series and return to more historic locations it looks like Italy could also see a reprieve with Misano looking the most likely destination. Of the current schedule it appears that only the unpopular Moscow Raceway will be set to miss out in favour of one of the returning historic locations.

    Could this mean a Sector 3 built, RaceRoom Racing Experience hosted version of either Donington Park or Brands GP in future... oh I hope so...



    Potential 2018 DTM Schedule

    April 21-22
    TBA (Brands Hatch or Donington Park)
    May 5-6 Hockenheim
    May 19-20 Lausitz
    June 2-3 Hungaroring
    June 23-24 Norising
    July 14-15 Zandvoort
    August 11-12 Misano
    September 8-9 Nurburgring
    September 22-23 Red Bull Ring
    October 13-14 Hockenheim

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    Donington Park or Brands Hatch GP - Which would you choose? Let us know below!
     
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  2. Paul Jeffrey

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    #doningtonparkftw !!!!
     
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  3. Andrew Harper

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    I don't mind actually. Either Donington or Brands GP would be excellent.

    Just as long as it's not the Indy circuit. Give these cars a proper circuit to spread their wings. The Indy circuit is too short for DTM cars.

    The only issue I seems to remember with DTM at Donington was as they generated so much aero, they found it tough to overtake. However I'd still make the trip to the UK to see either venue if the costs were ok :)
     
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  4. Paul Jeffrey

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    I'm 45 minutes on the motorway outside of Donny (if travelling with a heavy right foot anyway), got a spare room with your name on it fella (it'll cost ya a few designer classic F1 poster creations however..) :D
     
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  5. Andrew Harper

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    That's very kind you my friend. Haven't been to Donny in years. Would be great if they could maybe get WEC or Blancpain back there again, although I guess the pit lane isn't quite large enough.

    Have some nice memories there. Our Nige doing the touring car race for Ford that year, the F1 GTR's with those glorious V12's in the BPR Series, the touring car masters (I think it was) where all the best super touring teams came together for a winner takes all race, BTCC or course, and finally standing behind a Jaguar XJR-12 in the classic group c championship when they were warming it up. Best sound ever! Lol
     
  6. Paul Jeffrey

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    Was that the one where they all got a spec SEAT to drive? Jesus that was a fun race. Vividly recall standing on the outfield of the old hairpin with some mates, one of which didn't know much about motorsport. We were all talking and smoking cigars explaining to him about the history of some of the past masters when we all got a bit excited about John Cleland. "Who's this John Cleland" he asked, and we responded that he's likely to be the one right in the thick of the action. About that time lap one started and the cars came over the crest at Holly Wood with one bloke doing a Senna and passing everyone on the OUTSIDE of the Crainer Curves. "That'd be Johh Cleland then" we all said in unison.

    Man, when racing was epic.
     
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    BTW if anyone can find that race on YT please link it here, I'm hungry for some good memories but my Google searching skills fail me... :)
     
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  9. antirussia81

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    I would vote all four if I could (well, maybe three, because Andrew is right, Brands Indy would be a bit too short)
     
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  10. Daniel Pettit

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    Went to the 03 race as I was only 20 mins away at the time. Was a good race and certainly would go again if they came back
     
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  11. Jimlaad43

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    Either. I'll make sure I marshal at it regardless of which track it is!
     
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  12. MarcG

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    Brands Hatch GP for two reasons:
    1) I thoroughly enjoyed the last time DTM bothered to visit these shores on the Indy circuit.
    2) It would be good to see them on the full GP circuit as I always thought the Indy was a bit too short for these cars
    3) My home track, 'nuff said!

    (ok that was 3!)
     
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  13. larre90

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    I vote for the Schleife.
     
  14. SteffenLS

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    Brands Hatch GP!
    I love that track..
     
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  15. Unbiased

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    After Mercedes retirement track is second question. Reducing manufacturers quantity to two again is big hit to DTM fans base. Which is not so great already.
     
  16. Philip Antonia

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    Brands Hatch Gp, because it's closer to me!! Lol :)
     
  17. Paul Jeffrey

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    I suspected it would be too, but supposedly not. Event with Dekra using it for testing the DTM is still expected to be going, which is nice because in a strange why I kinda like the track :)
     
  18. Bjay_23

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    How about Bathurst?
     
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  19. pjlee1998

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    Doubt they'd want to ship the entirety of DTM to Straya for one race. I think China is the furthest they've been.
     
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  20. pjlee1998

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    Donington GP for sure. Better circuit for high downforce cars and its closer to me :thumbsup:
    But I'd also hope to see DTM go to Paul Ricard (with F1) and Catalunya (with F1 as well).
     
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