DTM invitation race in Shanghai/China, 17/18 July 2004 The countdown for the Shanghai race has begun: 95 tonnes of DTM equipment are on their way The most exciting exhibition race in the history of the DTM is just around the corner: there are...
DTM invitation race in Shanghai/China, 17/18 July 2004
The countdown for the Shanghai race has begun: 95 tonnes of DTM equipment are on their way
The most exciting exhibition race in the history of the DTM is just around the corner: there are only nine more days to go until, on 18 July, 20 DTM cars race through the heart of Shanghai in two 30-minute races. In order to make that happen, the DTM is going to literally lift off into the clouds.
Tonight 95 tonnes of DTM equipment, including the racing cars, will take off from Frankfurt Airport and head for the Far East. The complex transportation process will be managed by two experienced partners, the logistics provider, Exel, who also transports Formula One cars around the world, and Lufthansa Cargo Charter.
The cars will be handled differently from the rest of the equipment during transportation. The teams will deliver the cars directly to the airport. There they will be driven onto pallets with special clamps, securely fastened and then loaded into a Boeing 747 200F. For security reasons, the petrol tanks must have less than five litres of petrol at the time of loading.
Spare parts and tools will be shipped to China in containers. In order to carry out loading tests, motor sport specialists Exel delivered containers to the DTM teams in early July already. The actual loading of 2500 kg of equipment per car was then carried out under the supervision of Exel employees. Hazardous goods, which are not permitted to be shipped by airfreight, were shipped by sea to China. One such container was used by DTM's tyre partner, Dunlop, for cost-saving purposes and another one, filled with petrol, was used by partner Shell.
The valuable DTM freight will arrive in Shanghai on 11 July. It will take two more days for the equipment to clear customs so that it can be unloaded at the race track on 14 July. When the practice sessions on 17 July and the much awaited races on 18 July are over, it all has to be packed again in double-quick time.
Already on the evening of the day after the race 95 tonnes of DTM equipment will fly back to Germany; after all, the sixth championship race at the Nürburgring (1 August) takes places less than two weeks later and "DTM IM MOTOPARK" is scheduled a week after that.