A Chinese delegation headed by the president of the FASC ( Federation of Automobile Sports of The People's Republic Of China), Tian Shu Shi, and Maggie Ip, managing director of promoter BCG (Brilliant Culture Group), visited the race on the ...
A Chinese delegation headed by the president of the FASC ( Federation of Automobile Sports of The People's Republic Of China), Tian Shu Shi, and Maggie Ip, managing director of promoter BCG (Brilliant Culture Group), visited the race on the Norisring three weeks ahead of the invitation race of the DTM in Shanghai, China, on July 18. Accompanied by two teams from broadcasters CC TV (China Central TV) and Shanghai TV, they gathered an impression of the extraordinary atmosphere surrounding the DTM street race in Nuremberg as well as of the organisation of the event.
The DTM race will be staged in the heart of Shanghai, the country's economic centre with a population of 17 million, and will weave past landmarks such as the Oriental Pearl TV Tower. The track is 2.84 kilometres long. Around 40,000 spectators are expected to attend. Broadcaster CC TV, which has the furthest reach in China, will cover the DTM race live as will Shanghai TV.
All Mercedes-Benz and Audi drivers as well as four Opel drivers will take part in the two runs of 30 minutes each. In addition, Audi will be competing with Le Mans winner Rinaldo Capello and Peter Terting. German broadcaster ARD will beam the fascinating pictures from the heart of Shanghai live to German DTM fans on July 18 at 0830 CET.
Maggie Ip (Managing director of promoter BCG): "In order to promote the subject of motor racing in China, our best option was the DTM given that it is the premier touring car series. The event here in Nuremberg has really impressed me. It's nice to see people of all ages in the stands. We also want to achieve that in Shanghai. The circuit including all hospitality facilities was constructed entirely within only 30 days. It is situated very centrally, right by the 468-metre high Oriental Pearl TV Tower with its 88 floors. The stands can accommodate 22,000 spectators. We are looking forward to a prestigious event."
Tian Shu Shi (president of the Chinese motoring association and vice president of the FIA): "The DTM is a touring car series recognised throughout the world with a very high level of prestige. The race in China will be the start of motorsports of a high and professional calibre and a good opportunity for extending our cooperation with Europe's car industry. We've witnessed here on the Norisring that the DTM not only offers attractive motorsports but also an eventful weekend for young and old. Very many people in China are looking forward to the DTM's visit - we are very well prepared."
Hans Werner Aufrecht (ITR e.V.): "We are very pleased to accept this invitation from the Chinese motor racing association, the mayor of Shanghai as well as the promoter Brilliant Culture Group. We are proud of this invitation as it underlines the international significance of the DTM and represents a very big step for the DTM."
Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Audi Motorsport Director): "The race in Shanghai is very important for us as the Audi brand is very well known in China. That's where the largest growth market is. That's why we are also giving two other drivers the chance to attend. We are looking forward to showing China that we not only build very good cars but also very sporty and successful cars."
Norbert Haug (Mercedes-Benz Motorsport Director): "We want to present ourselves to the burgeoning Asian market. That's why we're pleased to have been invited to China. We will be the first European series there, which is a big step for the DTM. We want to deliver a superb and thrilling race for the Chinese fans. The fact that we'll be driving on a street circuit makes the whole thing even more exciting."
Volker Strycek (Opel Motorsport Director): "We're hoping for a lot of interest from spectators and the media since China is an interesting market for General Motors and also for Opel. It's important for us to show the transformation between racing car and conventional street car. That's why the DTM with its proximity to the spectators is the right environment. It's something quite special for Opel, General Motors and of course the DTM to be able to drive in China before the Formula 1."