With a spectacular display at the Bolshoy Moskvoretskiy Bridge near the Kremlin, the DTM promoted its first-ever race in Russia in a fortnight in the centre of Moscow.
One can’t rule out that I may be driving in the DTM one day
Thus, the three DTM drivers warmed up the fans for the participation of the most popular international touring car series in the Moscow City Racing event. This weekend, the DTM is one of the highlights in the program of the motorsport show event.
Rockenfeller, Priaulx and Schumacher, as well as ex-Formula 1 driver Vitaly Petrov from Russia on Sunday, will thus give the Russian crowd a first impression of the fascination of the DTM with demonstration laps and passenger rides. From August 2nd till 4th, the DTM will have its first-ever race in Russia at the Moscow Raceway close to the capital.
To start the day, Rockenfeller, Priaulx, Schumacher and Petrov had already taken part in a DTM press conference. Some 100 media representatives and ten camera teams gathered in a conference room of a luxury hotel right at the Bolshoy Moskvoretskiy Bridge with a view of the Kremlin’s red walls.
“Being in Russia for the first time and getting to know the people and the atmosphere is nice for me,” said Mike Rockenfeller (Audi). “I am happy that there is so much interest for the DTM here and that I am able to visit such a nice city,” Andy Priaulx (BMW) commented, while making good promotion for his race series: “DTM is touring car racing’s equivalent of Formula 1 and at an absolute top level.”
Ralf Schumacher (Mercedes-Benz) said: “This weekend, people already have the chance to see our cars in action in the city centre. Then, they can decide whether they will also come to our race in a fortnight.”
Local hero Petrov was impressed, too. “For me, being at the DTM is a great pleasure. I have never driven such a car or talked to a DTM driver before. I hope they will soon tell me everything I have to know.” On Sunday, Petrov will take over Schumacher’s place behind the wheel to drive fans around the 3.7 kilometres long track.
“One can’t rule out that I may be driving in the DTM one day as well. The DTM is at a top level and the cars are fantastic. It is a unique series and I would love to be part of it one day, too,” Petrov said. “I will give him the chance tomorrow right away,” Ralf Schumacher answered.