Friday, Oct 12 07:00pm
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Aston Martin confirmed to join DTM in 2019

British manufacturer Aston Martin will replace outgoing German marque Mercedes in the DTM next year.


Following months of speculation, organisers of the German touring car category confirmed a new partnership with R-Motorsport and HWA to bring in a new manufacturer. Team R-Motorsport is part of AF Racing AG based in Niederwill at St. Gallen, Switzerland.


The team currently run FIA homologated GT3 and GT4 cars in Europe and will have it’s DTM programme liscenced by Aston Martin.


The Aston Martin Vantage will form the base of the entry for 2019, which will conform to the newly released Class One regulations. The new set of regulations are also set to be utilized by Japan’s Autobacs SUPER GT Series in 2020.


Aston Martin will join Audi and BMW on the grid next year. Mercedes will leave the championship at the end of this year to focus its attention on the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.


With a short turnaround between the end of this season and the beginning of 2019, the R-Motorsport crew could debut the car early next year.


Gerhard Berger, chairman of the DTM umbrella organisation ITR e.V. says: “This decision of a luxury sports-car manufacturer such as Aston Martin is a historic event for our series and a milestone for the international orientation of DTM.”


A unified DTM and SUPER GT race could take place in 2020, something that Berger said he is hoping comes to fruition.


“I am convinced that the internationalisation-orientated cooperation of ITR and GTA as well as Aston Martin’s decision to join DTM will have signalling effects for further manufacturers,” he said.


“The cooperation with GTA, the internationalisation of our platform and the acquisition of further brands represent some of our most important strategic goals.


“We will push the international expansion in compliance with teams and manufacturers, a development that is supposed to be underlined by an adaption of the name of the series from 2020.”


It is hoped a unified non-championship race could see the likes of Nissan, Lexus and Toyota possible participate in future years of the DTM.