Tosa, Rivazza, Tamburello… names that make the hearts of motorsport fans beat faster. For the third race weekend of the 2022 season, the DTM will be making a guest appearance at the traditional Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola for the first time in its long history. And just in time for the premiere, the DTM has a record starting field: 30 cars, six different brands, drivers from 15 nations. Two legendary sports car brands, Ferrari and Lamborghini, have their home round in the DTM on the Grand Prix track in Emilia-Romagna. Just over an hour from Imola is the “Motor Valley” where Ferrari is based in Maranello and Lamborghini in Sant’Agata Bolognese.
Ferrari, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary as a sports car manufacturer this year, is once again represented in the DTM with the Red Bull AlphaTauri AF Corse team. The drivers will be Felipe Fraga from Brazil and Nick Cassidy from New Zealand. Lamborghini is involved in the DTM with a total of six vehicles: The Austrian Grasser Racing Team uses the Huracán in its debut year in the series for the two Italians Mirko Bortolotti and Alessio Deledda, the Swiss Rolf Ineichen and the Austrian Clemens Schmid Joining the T3 Motorsport team Brit Esmee Hawkey and Dane Nicki Thiim, son of DTM Champion Kurt Thiim.
GRT team boss Gottfried Grasser: “Besides the Red Bull Ring, Imola as Lamborghini’s home race is the place where our heart beats the highest. We are very happy to start at this legendary track in the DTM. We will welcome many friends and partners from Automobili Lamborghini there. The head office in Sant’Agata Bolognese is only an hour’s drive away. Our goal is of course to be at the front of the races. To what extent we can do that, we’ll have to wait and see. We didn’t have the opportunity to test at Imola beforehand. We can draw on past experience, but for a successful weekend we have to make the most of the training sessions to find the right basis. It’s going to be very exciting and we’re really excited for the Italian week in the DTM.”
Bortolotti in particular, who was on the podium in a DTM guest appearance last year, has put in a good performance in his first full season in the series. At the season opener in Portimão, he secured the first DTM pole position for the Lamborghini brand and secured two podium places. At the Lausitzring, he finished sixth in both races and comes home to second in the overall standings behind Lausitzring double winner Sheldon van der Linde (RSA, Schubert Motorsport, BMW).
Felipe Fraga also had a strong start in the DTM in the Red Bull Ferrari with second place and the additional point for the Autohero Fastest Lap in Sunday’s race in Portimão. In the Lausitz, on the other hand, the Brazilian experienced a weekend to forget: on Saturday he retired early, on Sunday he was unable to start the race after his car caught fire in qualifying. But he has already proven that he can be up front. Of course, the AF Corse team has big plans for the home race.
But nothing is free in the DTM, so you can be excited about the other teams like Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche. Many have already tested in Imola and of course want to do particularly well in the terrain of Ferrari and Lamborghini. The first two race weekends have already shown that things are getting tight between the different brands. In Portimão, where Lucas Auer (AUT, Team WINWARD, Mercedes-AMG) and Nico Müller (SUI, Team Rosberg, Audi) took the victories, and at the Lausitzring, where Sheldon van der Linde dominated with two wins in the Schubert-BMW, Drivers from five of the six brands in the DTM have already secured podium places. This will be continued in Imola.
Also present is Timo Glock, who actually retired from the DTM at the end of last season, but is now a guest in the BMW M4 of the Ceccato team. His team boss is none other than Roberto Ravaglia, DTM champion from 1989 with BMW. So there are enough reasons to look forward to the third race weekend of the 2022 DTM. Either live on site in Italy (tickets at tickets.dtm.com and 01806 991166), on ProSieben (broadcast starts on Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.) or in the stream on grid.dtm.com. Being there is worth it!
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