Large parts of Eastern Germany currently have to fight against the flood. Many people living in Sachsen and Brandenburg urgently need help and support. In consideration of the immense damage caused in the region by the mass of water of River Elbe and its tributaries, focusing solely on the fourth round of the season, held from 14th to 16th June at the Lausitzring, is unthinkable for the persons in charge in DTM. The most popular international touring-car series wants to help - and it wants to do so at racing pace.
“Witnessing the violence and destructive power water can have is just stupefying,” says ITR e.V. Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht. “In Sachsen and Brandenburg, the flood catastrophe destroys entire existences from one day to the other and many affected families are faced with sudden ruin.
In consideration of these impressions, we can’t just close our eyes to solely focus on a car race. DTM can help and it will help. We wanted to make a small contribution that has got what it takes to make the cleanup and the new start fort the flood victims at least slightly easier. Therefore, we will provide the cities Meißen, Pirna and Herzberg with €100,000 each.”
“Numerous members of the DTM fraternity have got relatives or friends that have been struck by the flood catastrophe. But that’s not the only reason why I’m of the opinion that ITR’s move to spontaneously make available such a big sum for the aid programme is really remarkable.
This move demonstrates the spirit existing in DTM. ITR is ready to do without the major part of the returns generated by the race at the Lausitzring to help the communities in the region. Audi as part of the DTM fraternity fully supports this campaign,” said Audi Motorsport Director Dr Wolfgang Ullrich.
“We sympathise with the numerous families that have been struck by the flood catastrophe. The dimension of this once-in-a-century flood is unimaginable, the pictures are shocking and entire existences are at risk. In cooperation with ITR and all the manufacturers involved in DTM, we want to contribute to easing the hardship of these needy people at least slightly, by dint of this donation campaign. We wish all those concerned a lot of power for the future,” stresses BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.
“The impact of the flood on the people living in the Lausitzring area has been severe and at this point in time it’s just impossible to assess the consequences for the people concerned. When we will go racing at the Lausitzring, next week, ITR - and consequently we as one of the manufacturers involved, too - wants to make a small contribution supposed to help easing the consequences of this natural disaster, to demonstrate our solidarity with the three communities located in the area of the circuit that have been struck particularly hard, by the flood,” says Toto Wolf, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport.
Next Friday (14th June), Dr. Thomas Betzler, ITR e.V. Deputy Chairman, as well as three DTM drivers will travel to Meißen to in person present the three cities’ mayors with the cheques.