An talk with Jens Marquardt: “Our joining to a DTM has paid dividends”.

The 2018 DTM deteriorate draws to a tighten during a weekend with races
19 and 20 during a Hockenheimring (GER). Even before a grand finale,
sights are already set on a future: On Thursday, a ITR announced
a skeleton for a entrance years. Aston Martin will join a DTM as a
new manufacturer. In an interview, BMW Motorsport Director Jens
Marquardt talks about a destiny of a DTM, a collaborative work
in new months, and a purpose of BMW.


After a array of violent months, a destiny of a DTM is
now safe. Are we happy?


Jens Marquardt: “We are happy and unapproachable that all a efforts and
joining on several levels in a past weeks and months have paid
off. When Mercedes, to everyone’s surprise, unexpected announced they
would be branch their behind on a DTM, a series’ existence was in
jeopardy. We afterwards rolled a sleeves adult fast and betrothed to fight
for this illusory array for a fans – that is accurately what we
did. Our early joining to a DTM was a unequivocally critical signal; many
other stairs followed. Together with a ITR, Gerhard Berger and Audi,
we afterwards intentionally expedited a specific plans, either now in the
Class One regulations, selling or internationalisation. Standing
shoulder to shoulder with a Japanese Super GT manufacturers and the
Aston Martin works entrance clearly shows that a joining to a DTM
has paid dividends.”




How do we consider a entrance of Aston Martin in a series?


Marquardt: “All we can contend is: Welcome to a DTM, Aston Martin. The
entrance is illusory news for a DTM and a fans. It is some-more than an
critical vigilance for a destiny of a array and gives us, and
hopefully other meddlesome manufacturers, formulation trustworthiness for the
entrance years. Aston Martin is a reputable and venerable aspirant in
GT racing. We are now looking brazen to being means to contest with
Aston Martin in a DTM as well.”


Were there times during that we doubted there would be a
successful resolution for a DTM?


Marquardt: “We positively never doubted that a DTM is a fantastic
and, in this form, singular height for motorsport – with terrific
movement on track, a best furloughed automobile drivers in a universe and a very
special alliance with fans. However, it was also transparent that the
horizon had to be right for everybody involved. Naturally, this
always enclosed a enterprise to enter a ring with during slightest dual other manufacturers.”


What was a pivotal to success?


Marquardt: “Everyone played their part. With a commitment, we gave
Gerhard Berger a good proposal, that he perceived gratefully and then
utilized perfectly. All a interjection go to him; it was with dedication,
motorsport imagination and a lot of tough work that as captain he
superlatively navigated a DTM by a severe seas.  His partial in
a certain destiny prospects of a DTM can’t be emphasised rarely enough.”


Has a DTM reached a rise with this certain prospect?


Marquardt: “No, unequivocally not. Standing still in motorsport is the
same as going backwards. Now is a time to use a new commencement and
take many some-more stairs in a right direction. The concentration stays on
internationalisation, that was one of a premises of a rejoining
a array and is still of elemental importance. This relates to the
strengthening and serve gain of a partnership with the
Japanese manufacturers during general level, as good as a further
enlargement of a DTM height in Europe. We are certain that the
series, with this some-more than fast prospect, will be unequivocally interesting
for other manufacturers.”


What are your skeleton for a entrance months?


Marquardt: “The observant ‘after a deteriorate is before a season’ is
some-more germane for us this year than ever. The new ‘Class One’
regulations come into force subsequent year – a preparations for this are
in full swing. We will shortly have a initial roll-out of a new car,
followed by a initial tests. We are all unequivocally looking brazen to it.
This is a illusory growth for a DTM. A poignant boost in
power, with allied downforce, means that a motorist will play an
even bigger purpose than before.”