Festive Ceremony at Signature of Contract in Istanbul
At a Press Conference in Istanbul/Turkey ITR-Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht and Rifat Hisarciklioglu, President of the Organizer MSO (Motor Sporlari ve Organizasyon A.S.) signed the contract for the DTM-premiere in Turkey. The ceremonial act at the impressively decorated Istanbul Chamber of Commerce was attended by about 60 representatives of Turkish media.
"This contract is a trend-setter on the sporting as well as on the political side. For the first time DTM race in Turkey, and this really makes us proud", said ITR e.V.-Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht after the signature of the contract. "At a time when Europe grows together economically and politically, we are happy to be able to contribute a little to this process through our sport."
Rifat Hisarciklioglu, President of the organizer MSO, stated: "It's an honour for us to have DTM, the most popular international Touring Car Series, in Turkey, and this shows how quickly motor sports are developing in our country. We will ensure that spectators and teams enjoy a great race weekend in quite a unique atmosphere."
With this event in the city on the Bosporus DTM is set to continue its consequent internationalization. Already last year the most successful international Touring Car Series started to go East. Apart from an invitation-race in the Chinese metropolis of Shanghai DTM presented its qualities in Brno/Czech Republic and at a DTM-event in Prague.
The race in Istanbul on 2 October is the fifth international event in the DTM's 2005 calendar. DTM races will also be held in Belgium, Russia, the Netherlands and France.
The Istanbul Racing Circuit is situated in the Asian part of the city which has a population of ten million people. It is considered one of the most modern facilities of its kind world wide. Construction cost in the region of 100 million US Dollar and was carried out by architect Hermann Tilke from Aachen/Germany. Drivers will race anti-clockwise on the 5.378 km long circuit. On 21 August Formula 1 will compete on the Istanbul Racing Circuit for the Grand Prix of Turkey.
DTM will start in its 2005 season on 17 April at the Hockenheimring. With new drivers like the two time Formula 1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen and former Formula 1 driver Allan McNish, new circuits as well as new cars DTM is bound to make for more fascination than ever.