’A symphony on wheels’ - this is the motto the Stiftung Deutsche Sporthilfe (German sports aid foundation) has selected for the 43rd ’Ball des Sports’ in the Rhein-Main-Hallen in Wiesbaden, where, of course, the DTM is present again, too. The active participation in Europe’s most successful sports charity event is a fixed element of the long-term and intense partnership between the most popular international touring car series and the Deutsche Sporthilfe. Traditionally, the race series is inviting for a dance in the ’DTM Race Club’ during the official after-show party.
Away from the official part in the hall, the prominent guests, first and foremost Federal Minister of the Interior Dr. Hans-Peter Friedrich, Federal Family Minister Dr. Kristina Schröder, Federal Health Minister Daniel Bahr and the prime minister of the state of Hessen, Volker Bouffier, can actively become involved at the popular activity stations along the ’sports trail’, be it on a BMX bike, in curling, with a hockey stick or, not in the least, while changing tyres on a DTM car.
“For us, the DTM’s involvement in the ’Ball des Sports’ is a matter of honour and a well-liked tradition. We are already supporting this charity gala for the seventh year in a row. We are very proud of our intense partnership with the Sporthilfe and of being a considerable part of this great event in Wiesbaden,” says Dr. Thomas Betzler, board member for legal and financial affairs of the ITR e.V., the DTM’s rights holder and promoter. In his duty as a notary, Betzler is also responsible for the right procedures during the big raffle during the ball evening. With Jürgen Pippig, another ITR board member will be on-site. From the premium car manufacturers competing in the DTM BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt will participate.
Champion Bruno Spengler tops the ranks of the DTM drivers. Next to the Canadian, his fellow BMW driver Martin Tomczyk has also announced his presence. Audi drivers among the guests in Wiesbaden will be Timo Scheider and Mike Rockenfeller. Mercedes-Benz will be represented by Gary Paffett and Roberto Merhi.
Of course, the guest list includes other successful athletes, above all numerous champions from the London Olympics like beach volleyball player Julius Brink and Jonas Reckermann or members of the eight-man scull and the national men’s hockey team. Officials like honorary IOC member Walter Tröger and Dr. Michael Vesper, secretary general of the DOSB, as well as former athletes like Franziska van Almsick and Ulrike Nasser-Meyfarth have also announced their presence. Among others, Mercedes-Benz’s former head of motorsport Norbert Haug, star chef Johann Lafer and numerous representatives of renowned companies are expected as well.