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DTM returns to Brands Hatch for 2018

Monday, December 18 2017

The German-based DTM championship will return to Brands Hatch next August (11/12) after a five-year absence. The prestigious touring car series will race on the legendary Grand Prix circuit for the first time, marking it out as a flagship event on the Kent venue's calendar.
 
DTM is the world's fastest and most technologically advanced tin-top racing series, with high-speed cars based on saloons from BMW, Audi and Mercedes. The innovation and manufacturer involvement in DTM is at a level scarcely seen outside the world of F1.
 
DTM boasts an outstanding roster of driving talent too, with next year's grid already confirmed to include former Formula One driver Timo Glock and reigning champion Rene Rast. Despite the championship's international flavour, there has always been local interest as well, with Bromley's Gary Paffett a regular driver for Mercedes.
 
Brands Hatch previously hosted DTM between 2006 and 2013, with eight races on the Indy circuit, but the switch to the full Grand Prix layout for next year's return will allow the cars to stretch their legs further. The circuit has changed little since it hosted the last of its 14 World Championship Grands Prix, making it the perfect setting for these cars, whilst the scene is set for some of the fastest lap times since that era.
 
 Gerhard Berger, CEO of DTM's umbrella organisation ITR, said: "Five events in Germany, five abroad - DTM is becoming somewhat more international without neglecting its German roots. With England and Italy, two important markets of the premium car manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes make their comeback on the DTM calendar."
 
2018 DTM Calendar

4-6 May Hockenheim  
18-20 May Lausitzring  
1-3 June Budapest  
22-24 June Norisring  
13-15 July Zandvoort  
11-12 August Brands Hatch
24-26 August Misano  
7-9 September Nürburgring  
21-23 September  Spielberg  
12-14 October Hockenheim  


Tickets will be available soon.