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DTM: 2014 season begins this weekend in Hockenheim

The 2014 season of the DTM will start this weekend at the Hockenheimring in Germany.

Three German car manufacturers, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz will fight for victory.

Reigning champion Mike Rockenfeller will contest his first DTM race with the No. 1 plate of the defending champion on his Audi RS5 DTM.

‘Rocky’ is one of the ‘Magnificent Seven’ – the seven champions on the 2014 DTM grid.

Apart from the reigning champion, his fellow Audi drivers Timo Scheider and Mattias Ekström, the BMW pairing Bruno Spengler and Martin Tomczyk as well as the Mercedes-Benz aces Paul Di Resta and Gary Paffett also have won DTM titles, in the past.

In addition to Di Resta, who makes his comeback in the most popular international touring-car series after three years in Formula 1, there are four completely new faces on this year’s DTM grid: Switzerland’s Nico Müller races for Audi, Belgian Maxime Martin and Portugal’s António Félix da Costa will represent the Audi camp and Mercedes-Benz’ new signing Vitaly Petrov is the first Russian driver in the DTM history.

New rules for 2014
The regulations have been changed in several areas. The qualifying will consist of three instead of four phases, with the fastest eight drivers battling it out for the pole in Q3. There will be only one instead of the previously two obligatory pit stops and this stop has to be made in the second third of the race.

The option tire provided by DTM’s exclusive tire partner Hankook still must be used once in a race but mustn’t be used for more than 50 percent of the race distance.

The DRS now also may be used on the final three laps of a race. Also new are the performance weights.

All the drivers will contest the season opener at Hockenheim with 10kg performance weights aboard their cars and depending on the race results of their brands in the coming races, they will have to add a maximum of up to another 10kg performance weight or get rid off a maximum of up to 10kg.

2014 DTM entry list:

Race number Driver Constructor Team Car
1 Mike Rockenfeller Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS 5 DTM
2 Timo Scheider Audi Sport Team Phoenix Audi RS 5 DTM
3 Augusto Farfus BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM
4 Joey Hand BMW Team RBM BMW M4 DTM
5 Christian Vietoris Original-Teile Mercedes AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
6 Paul Di Resta Mercedes AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
7 Mattias Ekström Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS 5 DTM
8 Miguel Molina Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline Audi RS 5 DTM
9 Bruno Spengler BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM
10 Martin Tomczyk BMW Team Schnitzer BMW M4 DTM
11 Gary Paffett EURONICS Mercedes AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
12 Robert Wickens FREE MAN DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
15 Edoardo Mortara Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS 5 DTM
16 Adrien Tambay Audi Sport Team Abt Audi RS 5 DTM
17 Timo Glock BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM
18 António Félix da Costa BMW Team MTEK BMW M4 DTM
19 Daniel Juncadella Petronas Mercedes AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
20 Vitaly Petrov Mercedes AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé
21 Jamie Green Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM
22 Nico Müller Audi Sport Team Rosberg Audi RS 5 DTM
23 Marco Wittmann BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM
24 Maxime Martin BMW Team RMG BMW M4 DTM
25 Pascal Wehrlein gooix Mercedes AMG DTM Mercedes AMG C-Coupé