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Aston Martin DTM Program Confirmed

Aston Martin DTM entry announced for 2019…

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Aston Martin will join the DTM grid as a manufacturer in 2019, with a program run by AF Racing AG and R-Motorsport.

The British marque had been tipped for a possible entry into the German tin-top series as a replacement for Mercedes-Benz, which is leaving at the end of this season.

Swiss company AF Racing, which runs the R-Motorsport operation that recently entered the Blancpain GT Series with a pair of Aston Martin Vantage GT3s, will enter the championship under license from Aston Martin.

The announcement comes three months after AF Racing entered a business partnership with Mercedes DTM team HWA AG, fueling rumors of an Aston Martin DTM project.

HWA will be responsible for the development and construction of up to four Vantage-based Aston Martin silhouette cars ahead of the program’s projected debut next year.

“We are pleased to welcome the engagement in DTM of AF Racing AG, an enduring partner of our company,” said Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer.

“This project shows the increasing interest in the Aston Martin brand from leading private teams such as R-Motorsport.

“Alongside our factory investment with Aston Martin Racing into the World Endurance Championship with the Vantage GTE, and our Aston Martin Racing commitments to customers and official partner teams in GT3 and GT4, the DTM entry of R-Motorsport provides an important extension to our other motorsport program.”

A statement issued by AF Racing said that the “internationalization” of DTM was a prerequisite for the team’s commitment to the series.

It stated that the new Class 1 regulations, which come into force next year for DTM and Super GT, was attractive because it could enable Aston Martin-branded cars to run outside Germany and Japan.

“The DTM entry of R-Motorsport under a design license from Aston Martin is a milestone of the development of our company”, said Dr. Florian Kamelger, co-owner of AF Racing AG and team principal of R-Motorsport.

“The DTM offers first class sport and is close to the fans, and is the ideal presentation stage for us.”

Existing DTM manufacturers Audi and BMW, which have already confirmed their DTM entries for 2019, have both welcomed the addition of Aston Martin to the grid.

Meanwhile, DTM boss Gerhard Berger added that the news marked a “historic event” for the series, and that the growing internationalization of DTM will have “signaling effects for other manufacturers”.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. TailsLeMans722

    October 11, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    This is big news, and it could potentially open the floodgates for other manufacturers to join.

    Looks like reports of the DTM’s death have been greatly exaggerated… for now.

  2. AudiTT

    October 11, 2018 at 1:01 pm

    HWA will basically be taking their Mercdes chassis and rebodying them with a Vantage.

    It gets a few more cars on the grid but doesn’t replace Mercedes who essentially bankrolled DTM.

    • Helgi

      October 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm

      They still need a 2L turbo 4-line engine. So, not just a simple task. And I won’t overestimate the consequences, as this is a private initiative by Swiss motorsport fans. Of course, hugely appreciated by Mr.Berger who has almost dug DTM.

      • AudiTT

        October 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm

        They’ll be using a rebadged engine from another manufacturer.

        • Matt

          October 12, 2018 at 3:39 am

          Any word on what engine?

          • thomas

            October 14, 2018 at 2:16 am

            Given that Aston Martins use AMG engines I’d say Mercedes is a safe bet

    • Louis

      October 11, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      The mercedes and audi and bmw all have the same frame. With different bodies and engines…. Last i checled anyway… They also, share the same chassis as the lexus, nissan amd nsx in super gt only the nsx has been modified to use a mid engine layout

  3. Radish

    October 11, 2018 at 2:15 pm

    I wonder what this means for the hypercar/GTP programme? Surely they can’t run that as well as their GTE, GT3 and this?

    • amg gt

      October 11, 2018 at 4:38 pm

      Not a big issue,this is a privately run program under AM spell,don’t think AM get a penny in this,just its name/brand

      • Andy

        October 11, 2018 at 8:08 pm

        More like Aston isn’t paying anything for it, seems like it’s just Aston licensing the silhouette to AF Racing to have HWA build a new NASCAR style body for the old MB chassis. It’s NASCAR on a good carbon tub, no problem with that and it’s cost effective. But zero relation to a street car at all

  4. David Chaste

    October 11, 2018 at 3:34 pm

    Seems like good news. But it’s more like 2 and a half manufacturers. Aston Martin is much smaller than the other 2.

    It will be interesting to follow.

  5. Ding

    October 11, 2018 at 11:01 pm

    They messed up. They were meant to do a DPi program, not DTM.

  6. Matt

    October 12, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    When can we expect a car rendering or picture?

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