The long standing rumour that Aston Martin will enter DTM competition has been confirmed today - the British marque looks set to join the series from the 2019 season. DTM boss Gehard Berger has spent the last few months attempting to secure a replacement brand for the outgoing Mercedes team next season, and it looks like much of that work has been completed following the announcement that Aston Martin will become the third manufacturer of the German based touring car series next year, teaming up with long term partner R-Motorsport and the crack HWA AG outfit to design, develop and run the new DTM specification Aston Martin Vantage from next season. It is understood that HWA AG will develop the cars for competition, with R-Motorsport running the team for the first season, as early as potentially 2019. Although drivers have yet to be announced and outgoing Mercedes HWA driver and 2018 title contender Gary Paffett has already secured a deal to race in the all electric FIA Formula E championship from next season, ending his long term association with the German series, it will be interesting to see if any of the current crop of drivers can secure an extended stay in the DTM with the new brand, or if Aston Martin will bring in any of its extensive driving strength over from GT racing. “We are delighted with joining together with Aston Martin a renowned top series with international orientation,” reveals Dr Florian Kamelger, founder and co-owner of AF Racing AG and R-Motorsport Team Principal. “Competing with premium manufacturers represents a major challenge for our brand. The new technical regulations and the extended international orientations of the series were important reasons for our decision.” It is not yet known at the time of writing how many cars Aston Martin are expected to field next season, with further details of the exciting new entry expected to be revealed in the coming weeks. Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! Instagram Twitter Facebook Youtube Twitch Pleased to hear of another manufacturer coming to DTM? Do you think Aston Martin will be successful in the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!