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Grasser Names Schmid as First DTM Signing

Schmid named in Grasser Racing Team’s DTM lineup to form Austrian driver-team combination…

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Grasser Racing Team has named Clemens Schmid as its first driver signing for a four-car DTM program with Lamborghini.

Schmid, 31, will make his DTM debut driving the No. 16 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

The Austrian competitor has driven for the Austria-based GRT squad for the past two years, including a pair of ADAC GT Masters seasons and a 2021 campaign in the Silver Cup class of Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS Endurance Cup.

Schmid has previously been behind the wheel of Audi and Mercedes-AMG GT3 machinery, representing the likes of ISR Racing, Attempto Racing and HTP Motorsport.

“With the entry into the DTM, a long-awaited dream comes true,” said Schmid.

“I’ve followed the series since childhood. The fact that I can now compete in the DTM with an Austrian team makes the whole thing even more special.

“I was able to get to know both the team and the car very well over the past two years. It’s a great car with which we have great potential.”

Grasser’s four-car DTM program is expected to form the team’s only full-season operation in 2022 after spells in IMSA, GT Masters and GTWC Europe this year.

The nine-round campaign is due to kick off at Portimao on the first weekend of May.

“I’m really happy to continue working with Clemens in the DTM,” said GRT team principal Gottfried Grasser.

“He has shown himself to be a very promising talent for us. The past two years have been characterized by a steep learning curve and promotion to the DTM is for him exactly the right step.

“There he will have the opportunity to concentrate fully on his strengths and to fine-tune the car according to his needs. In this way he can develop his full potential and I am sure that he is for one or the other others will surprise you.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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