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2016 DTM Season
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Season Information
Number of Rounds 9
First Round Hockenheim
Last Round Season Finale
Manufacturers Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz
Tyre Supplier(s) Hankook
DTM Championship
Champion Second Third
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Teams' Championship
Champion Second Third
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Brand Championship
Champion Second Third
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Season Guide
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The 2016 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Championship, otherwise known as the 2016 DTM Championship, is set to be the seventeenth running of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters Championship since its reformation in 20002016 will be a momentus year for the series, as it is expected to be the final season for the V8 engines used since the series reformed, which are to be replaced in 2017.

2016 will see nine races across Europe for the Championship, with the traditional home of the series, Hockenheim topping and tailing the season.[1] The familiar round in Oschersleben is to be dropped, in favour of a return to the Hungaroring, while, driver-wise, 2015 Champion Pascal Wehrlein joined Formula One for the season, meaning he will not defend his title.

BackgroundEdit

CalendarEdit

The new race format introduced in 2015 proved popular for fans and drivers, so the DMSB announced its continuation into the new season.[1] The calendar also remained close to its 2015 counterpart, albeit with the familiar Oschersleben round dropped in favour of the Hungaroring, which would host the DTM for only the third time in almost 30 years.[1]

Pre-season testing is yet to be announced, although all three Manufacturers attended a young driver test at the end of 2015, held in Spain.

2016 DTM Season Calendar
Round Circuit Date Report
Race One Race Two
I Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 7th May 2016 8th May 2016 Report
II Flag of Austria Red Bull Ring 21st May 2016 22nd May 2016 Report
III Flag of Germany Lausitzring 4th June 2016 6th June 2016 Report
IV Flag of Germany Norisring 25th June 2016 26th June 2016 Report
V Dutch Flag Zandvoort 16th July 2016 17th July 2016 Report
VI Flag of Russia Moscow 20th August 2016 21st August 2016 Report
VII Flag of Germany Nürburgring 10th September 2016 11th September 2016 Report
VIII Flag of Hungary Hungaroring 24th September 2016 25th September 2016 Report
IX Flag of Germany Hockenheimring 15th October 2016 16th October 2016 Report

RegulationsEdit

Given the DTM's tradition of using high performance, and technicologically advanced machinery, the regulations that apply to the cars and drivers are tightly controlled.[2] That said, a large element of consistency is sought on the technical side, meaning that the focus of the Championship can be on the drivers, with only minor modifications made to either set of rules for 2016.[2]

TechnicalEdit

The technical aspects of the DTM Championship remain largely the same as they had been in 2015, with the same V8 engines and gearboxes used.[2] The only changes would be for BMW, who were allowed to run their cars 7.5 kg lighter than Mercedes and Audi while also using a wider rear wing (50mm in total).[2] This was agreed between the three manufacturers to ensure ever closer performance between the three manufacturers during the season.[2]

DRS would also receive an overhaul in 2016, with the number of activations allowed during a race restricted, although drivers must still be within one second of the car ahead to be able to deploy it.[2]

SportingEdit

As with 2015, 2016 sees the standardised FIA point scoring system awarded for every race of the season, with no dropped scores. Points are to be awarded from first to tenth, with no points for fastest lap or pole position.

2016 DTM Championship Points
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th
25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1

The use of performance weights also returns for 2016, although the method with which they are applied has been modified after requests by several drivers.[2] Weight penalties will now be applied after qualifying for each race rather than being based on the results of the previous weekend, meaning that cars should have equalised performance for every race.[2] 

Season ReportEdit

With nine rounds, and eighteen races, the DTM 2016 season will match 2015 as the longest season in the series' history, running from May until October.[1]

Pre-seasonEdit

Round I: HockenheimEdit

The first round, as ever, is set to take place at the legendary Hockenheimring, using the familiar GP layout.[1] The two races will be held on the 7th and 8th of May, with practice on the Friday the 6th.[1] The weekend would also see a support programme featuring the Audi Sport TT Cup and the FIA World Rally Cross Championship.[3] 

Round II: Red Bull RIngEdit

The first non-German hosted race sees the series head to Austria on the 20th - 22nd of May, returning to the popular Red Bull Ring once again.[1]

Round III: LausitzringEdit

Round three sees the annual visit to the EuroSpeedway or Lausitzring circuit on the first weekend of June, with the ADAC GT Masters Championship the feature support race for the DTM.[1]

Round IV: NorisringEdit

A fan and driver favourite, the Norisring, set in the heart of Nuremberg, will play host to the DTM once again on the 24th to the 26th of June.[1]

Round V: ZandvoortEdit

The Netherlands' premier racing circuit, Zandvoort, hosts the 2016 edition of the DTM from the 15th - 17th July, ahead of the pseudo-Summer break for the Championship.[1]

Round VI: MoscowEdit

The Russian capital's nearest race circuit, the Moscow Raceway sees the series start up again over the weekend of the 19th to 21st of August.[1]

Round VII: NürburgringEdit

The Nürburgring gets its chance to host the DTM from the 9th - 11th of September, and signals the start of the Championship's final push to the finale.[1]

Round VIII: HungaroringEdit

Dropped for 2015, the Hungaroring returns to the calendar in place of the round at Oschersleben, proving the penultimate round of the Championship on the 23rd to th 25th of September.[1]

Round IX: Season FinaleEdit

Tradition dictates that Hockenheim host the first and final races of the season, and 2016 will be no different. The series returns to the place the season started on the 14th to the 16th of October, with the Champion to be crowned that weekend.

EntrantsEdit

24 drivers, representing Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, will once again do battle over the course of the season, with all three manufacturers looking to increase development ahead of the imminent engine switch. The new Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM was released before the conclusion of the 2015 Championship, signalling Mercedes' intent to recover the Brands' and Teams' titles as well as completing a successful defence of the DTM Championship.[4]

There is set to be little change at Audi, however, with all eight of their 2015 combatants returning once again, albeit with two drivers swapping teams.[5] Similarly, BMW announced that their 2015 octet would be competing in 2016 as well, with three inter-team changes, involving Augusto Farfus, Timo Glock and Maxime Martin.[6]

Reigning Champion Pascal Wehrlein obtained a drive in Formula One for 2016, and so would not be able to defend his title.[7] As such, Mercedes opted to fill his vacated seat with Frenchman, and GP3 Series Champion, Esteban Ocon, who would be the only débutante in 2016.[8] Ocon would then go on to partner Wehrlein at Manor Racing partway through the season, leaving Mercedes to draft in Felix Rosenqvist from the European Formula 3 Championship.[9]

2016 DTM Championship Entry List
Entrant No. Nat. Name Abbr. Races
Flag of France ART Grand Prix
Mercedes C63 DTM
2 Flag of Britain Gary Paffett[8] PAF All
34 Flag of France Esteban Ocon[10] OCO 1-8
88 Flag of Sweden Felix Rosenqvist*[9] FRO 9-18
Flag of Germany Team HWA II
Mercedes C63 DTM
3 Flag of Scotland Paul di Resta[8] DIR 1-9
84 Flag of Germany Maximilian Götz[10] GOE 1-9
Flag of Germany Abt Sportsline
Audi RS5 DTM
5 Flag of Sweden Mattias Ekström[5] EKS 1-16
48 Flag of Italy Edoardo Mortara[5] MOR All
72 Flag of Germany René Rast[11] RAS 17-18
Flag of Germany Team HWA I
Mercedes C63 DTM
6 Canadian Flag Robert Wickens[10] WIC All
12 Flag of Spain Daniel Juncadella[10] JUN All
Flag of Germany BMW Team MTEK
BMW M4 DTM
7 Canadian Flag Bruno Spengler SPE All
18 Flag of Brazil Augusto Farfus[6] FAR All
Flag of Germany Mücke Motorsport
Mercedes C63 DTM
8 Flag of Germany Christian Vietoris[10] VIE All
22 Flag of Austria Lucas Auer[10] AUE All
Flag of Germany Team Phoenix
Audi RS5 DTM
10 Flag of Germany Timo Scheider[5] TSC All
99 Flag of Germany Mike Rockenfeller[5] ROC All
Flag of Germany BMW Team RMG
BMW M4 DTM
11 Flag of Germany Marco Wittmann WIT All
16 Flag of Germany Timo Glock[6] GLO All
Flag of Germany BMW Team Schnitzer
BMW M4 DTM
13 Flag of Portugal António Félix da Costa DAC All
100 Flag of Germany Martin Tomczyk TOM All
Flag of Germany Team Abt
Audi RS5 DTM
17 Flag of Spain Miguel Molina[5] MOL All
51 Flag of Switzerland Nico Müller[5] MUE All
Flag of Germany Team Rosberg
Audi RS5 DTM
27 Flag of France Adrien Tambay[5] TAM 1-7, 9-18
53 Flag of Britain Jamie Green[5] GRE All
72 Flag of Germany René Rast[12] RAS 8
Flag of Belgium BMW Team RBM
BMW M4 DTM
31 Flag of Britain Tom Blomqvist BLO All
36 Flag of Belgium Maxime Martin[6] MAR All
Source:[13]
  • * Rosenqvist, Mercedes' reserve driver, was drafted in to replace Ocon mid-way through the season.
  • Rast was listed as the Audi reserve driver at the start of the season, so was drafted in to replace Tambay at Zandvoort and Ekström at the Season finale.

StandingsEdit

The 2016 DTM Championship sees all eighteen race results count towards the Championship, with the highest scoring driver awarded the Championship. Both the Teams' and Brands' Championships are to be on offer in 2016, both of which relate to prize money, rather than honour.

DTM ChampionshipEdit

The Drivers' will fight for the overall DTM Championship crown, with the full results from the Championship set to be displayed below:

2016 DTM Championship
Pos. Name Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Pts.
1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
1st Wittmann 16th 8th 1st 7th 4th 6th 4th 6th 2nd 4th 19th 1st 1st 3rd 7th DSQ 2nd 4th 206
2nd Mortara 1st 11th 3rd Ret 8th 12th 1st 8th 17th 3rd 8th 6th 4th 1st 1st 19th 3rd 1st 202
3rd Green 15th Ret 14th 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 17th 5th 1st 7th 21st 3rd 16th 2nd Ret 8th 8th 145
4th Wickens 2nd 5th 11th 20th 3rd 3rd Ret 11th 1st 16th 1st 5th 9th 13th 10th 10th Ret 9th 124
5th di Resta 4th 1st 7th 15th 13th 21st 3rd 4th 15th 8th 2nd 23rd 6th Ret Ret 13th 10th 3rd 116
6th Blomqvist 13th 6th 2nd 6th 22nd 11th 15th 2nd 16th 10th 22nd 2nd 2nd 8th 22nd 4th 9th 7th 113
7th Ekström 9th Ret 16th 2nd 6th 2nd Ret Ret 7th 7th 5th 9th DSQ 4th 18th 1st 107
8th Martin 8th 3rd 6th 5th 9th 13th 6th 3rd 10th Ret 6th 17th 8th 10th 12th 7th 13th 6th 90
9th Müller 3rd 7th 10th Ret 10th 8th 20th 1st 20th 5th 13th 7th 11th 5th 5th Ret 15th 13th 88
10th Glock Ret DSQ 4th 1st 12th 10th 21st 9th 21st 6th 11th Ret 5th 14th 13th 5th 7th 5th 84
11th Paffett 11th 4th 18th 13th 14th 5th 14th DSQ 4th 2nd 3rd 18th 19th 7th 20th 16th 19th 15th 73
12th Auer Ret 15th 21st 16th 7th 1st 13th 5th 12th 9th 18th 10th 7th 2nd 15th 15th 18th 16th 68
13th Molina 10th Ret 19th 14th 1st 19th 17th 14th 18th Ret 17th 11th 15th 20th 3rd 18th 1st 14th 66
14th Vietoris 5th 14th Ret 17th 5th 7th 10th 15th 3rd 20th 23rd 14th 13th 17th 17th 14th 22nd 2nd 60
15th Spengler 6th Ret 13th 9th 11th 9th 5th 7th 13th 14th 15th 3rd 18th 6th 19th 12th 14th 12th 51
16th Farfus 14th 2nd 9th 4th 21st Ret 11th Ret Ret 13th 14th 4th 22nd 21st 19th Ret 11th Ret 44
17th da Costa 7th Ret 22nd 21st 15th 14th 9th DSQ 6th 19th 20th 19th 20th 19th 16th 3rd 4th Ret 43
18th Tambay Ret 13th 8th 11th 20th 20th 7th DSQ Ret 12th 8th Ret 15th 6th 2nd 12th Ret 40
19th Rockenfeller Ret 10th 12th 8th 19th 17th 18th DSQ 14th 15th 16th 15th 14th 22nd 4th 8th 5th 11th 31
20th Götz Ret 12th 15th 22nd 16th Ret 8th 12th Ret Ret 4th 16th 10th 23rd 21st 17th 17th 19th 17
21st Tomczyk 12th 9th 5th 19th Ret 18th 12th 10th 19th 11th 21st 22nd 16th 12th 23rd 9th 20th 10th 16
22nd Scheider Ret Ret 17th 10th 17th 16th 16th 16th 11th Ret 9th 13th 21st 11th 9th 6th 16th 18th 13
23rd Rast 18th 6th 17th 8
24th Juncadella Ret 16th Ret 12th 18th Ret 19th DSQ 8th 12th 24th 12th 17th 9th 11th DSQ 21st 20th 6
25th Rosenqvist 10th 20th 12th 18th 8th 11th Ret 21st 5
26th Ocon Ret Ret 20th 18th 23rd 15th Ret 13th 9th 17th 2

Teams' ChampionshipEdit

All twelve DTM teams will be eligible to fight for the 2016 DTM Teams' Championship, with prize money awarded on the basis of their final position.

Team Standings
Pos. Team Abb. Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Pts
1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
1st Abt EKS 9th Ret 16th 2nd 6th 2nd Ret Ret 7th 7th 5th 9th DSQ 4th 18th 1st 309
MOR 1st 11th 3rd Ret 8th 12th 1st 8th 17th 3rd 8th 6th 4th 1st 1st 19th 3rd 1st
2nd RMG WIT 16th 8th 1st 7th 4th 6th 4th 6th 2nd 4th 19th 1st 1st 3rd 7th DSQ 2nd 4th 290
GLO Ret DSQ 4th 1st 12th 10th 21st 9th 21st 6th 11th Ret 5th 14th 13th 5th 7th 5th
3rd RBM MAR 8th 3rd 6th 5th 9th 13th 6th 3rd 10th Ret 6th 17th 8th 10th 12th 7th 13th 6th 203
BLO 13th 6th 2nd 6th 22nd 11th 15th 2nd 16th 10th 22nd 2nd 2nd 8th 22nd 4th 9th 7th
4th Rosberg TAM Ret 13th 8th 11th 20th 20th 7th DSQ Ret 12th 8th Ret 15th 6th 2nd 12th Ret 193
GRE 15th Ret 14th 3rd 2nd 4th 2nd 17th 5th 1st 7th 21st 3rd 16th 2nd Ret 8th 8th
RAS 18th 6th 17th
5th HWA WIC 2nd 5th 11th 20th 3rd 3rd Ret 11th 1st 16th 1st 5th 9th 13th 10th 10th Ret 9th 130
JUN Ret 16th Ret 12th 18th Ret 19th DSQ 8th 12th 24th 12th 17th 9th 11th DSQ 21st 20th
6th HWA DIR 4th 1st 7th 15th 13th 21st 3rd 4th 15th 8th 2nd 23rd 6th Ret Ret 13th 10th 3rd 133
GOE Ret 12th 15th 22nd 16th Ret 8th 12th Ret Ret 4th 16th 10th 23rd 21st 17th 17th 19th
7th Abt MOL 10th Ret 19th 14th 1st 19th 17th 14th 18th Ret 17th 11th 15th 20th 3rd 18th 1st 14th 154
MUE 3rd 7th 10th Ret 10th 8th 20th 1st 20th 5th 13th 7th 11th 5th 5th Ret 15th 13th
8th Mücke VIE 5th 14th Ret 17th 5th 7th 10th 15th 3rd 20th 23rd 14th 13th 17th 17th 14th 22nd 2nd 128
AUE Ret 15th 21st 16th 7th 1st 13th 5th 12th 9th 18th 10th 7th 2nd 15th 15th 18th 16th
9th ART PAF 11th 4th 18th 13th 14th 5th 14th DSQ 4th 2nd 3rd 18th 19th 7th 20th 16th 19th 15th 80
OCO Ret Ret 20th 18th 23rd 15th Ret 13th 9th 17th
ROS 10th 20th 12th 18th 8th 11th Ret 21st
10th MTEK SPE 6th Ret 13th 9th 11th 9th 5th 7th 13th 14th 15th 3rd 18th 6th 19th 12th 14th 12th 95
FAR 14th 2nd 9th 4th 21st Ret 11th Ret Ret 13th 14th 4th 22nd 21st 19th Ret 11th Ret
11th Schnitzer DAC 7th Ret 22nd 21st 15th 14th 9th DSQ 6th 19th 20th 19th 20th 19th 16th 3rd 4th Ret 59
TOM 12th 9th 5th 19th Ret 18th 12th 10th 19th 11th 21st 22nd 16th 12th 23rd 9th 20th 10th
12th Phoenix TSC Ret Ret 17th 10th 17th 16th 16th 16th 11th Ret 9th 13th 21st 11th 9th 6th 16th 18th 44
ROC Ret 10th 12th 8th 19th 17th 18th DSQ 14th 15th 16th 15th 14th 22nd 4th 8th 5th 11th

Brands' ChampionshipEdit

The Brands' or Manufacturers' Championship is awarded to the manufacturer with the most points at the end of the season, based on the six best placed cars for each brand in every race.

The final standings for the Brands' Championship in 2015 are shown below:

2016 Brands' Championship
Pos Brand Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Germany Dutch Flag Flag of Russia Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Germany Pts
1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2 1 2
1st Mercedes-Benz 40 47 87
2nd BMW 18 47 65
3rd Audi 43 7 50

ReferencesEdit

Videos and Images:

References:
  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 'DTM CALENDAR FOR THE 2016 SEASON CONFIRMED', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 30/11/2015), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-calendar-2016-season-confirmed-2015-11-30.html, (Accessed 30/11/2015)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 'DTM REGULATIONS FOR 2016 ARE FIXED - FOCUS ON DRIVER'S SKILLS', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 08/04/2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/dtm-regulations-2016-are-fixed-focus-drivers-skills-2016-04-08.html, (Accessed 08/04/2016)
  3. 'RALLYCROSS AGAIN PART OF THE DTM SEASON KICK-OFF', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 13/01/2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/rallycross-again-part-dtm-season-kick-2016-01-13.html, (Accessed 15/01/2016)
  4. 'Mercedes-AMG DTM Team present 2016 race car', mercedes-benz.com, (Daimler AG, 2015), https://www.mercedes-benz.com/en/mercedes-benz/sports/dtm/mercedes-amg-dtm-team-present-2016-race-car/, (Accessed 30/11/2015)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 5.7 5.8 Adam, Mitchell and Watkins, Gary, 'Audi makes one change to its driver line-up for 2016 DTM season', autosport.com, (HayMarket Media, 28/11/2015), http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/122047, (Accessed 30/11/2015)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 'ROTATIONS – FARFUS, MARTIN AND GLOCK TO CHANGE TEAMS', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 04/02/2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/rotations-farfus-martin-and-glock-change-teams-2016-02-05.html, (Accessed 11/02/2016)
  7. 'Pascal Wehrlein to drive for Manor in 2016 Formula 1 season', bbc.co.uk, (BBC Sport, 10/02/2016), http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/35538851, (Accessed 10/02/2016)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 'DRIVES HAVE BEEN ALLOCATED – OCON IS THE ONLY DTM NOVICE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 11/02/2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/drives-have-been-allocated-ocon-only-dtm-novice-2016-02-11.html, (Accessed 11/02/2016)
  9. 9.0 9.1 'OCON SWITCHES TO F1 – ROSENQVIST TO REPLACE HIM ON THE DTM GRID AT MOSCOW', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 10/08/2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/ocon-switches-f1-rosenqvist-replace-him-dtm-grid-moscow-2016-08-10.html, (Accessed 20/08/2016)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 'TEAM ALLOCATION: A NEW FORMATION FOR MERCEDES-BENZ', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 18/02/2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/team-allocation-new-formation-mercedes-benz-2016-02-18.html, (Accessed 18/02/2016)
  11. 'RENÉ RAST: HUGE DOSE OF PLEASANT ANTICIPATION AND VIRTUALLY NO PRESSURE', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 12/10/2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/ren-rast-huge-dose-pleasant-anticipation-and-virtually-no-pressure-2016-10-12.html, (Accessed 24/10/2016)
  12. 'RENÉ RAST REPLACES ADRIEN TAMBAY', dtm.com, (ITR e.V., 17/07/2016), http://www.dtm.com/en/news/ren-rast-replaces-adrien-tambay-2016-07-17.html, (Accessed 20/08/2016)
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