Motorsport fans can already look forward to the DTM season opener at the beginning of May, as the FIA Rallycross World Championship will be staging a round in a grand festival together with the touring cars.
The DTM season will start with an additional highlight in 2015. The season opener at Hockenheim (April 30 to May 3) will include a round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship (World RX) in which Mattias Ekström caused a sensation last year with his privately fielded Audi S1 EKS RX quattro including a victory in the World RX round in Sweden.
A word from... Mattias Ekström
Youre a DTM driver and owner of a private rallycross team. How do you view the joint appearance of DTM and World RX at Hockenheim?
Its fantastic that this is coming off. The ITR and the IMG have been working on this for a long time behind the scenes. As a rallycross team boss, Im delighted about the RX supercars being allowed to race in front of such a great crowd at the Hockenheim Motodrom. As a DTM driver, Im delighted about the DTM opener becoming even more interesting as a whole and that additional fans will be traveling to Hockenheim. Its a win-win situation for both the DTM and the World RX. But the fans are the true winners.
What can the spectators look forward to on the first weekend in May?
To two of the best racing series that currently exist in the world, with fascinating race cars such as the Red Bull Audi RS 5 DTM and our Audi S1 EKS RX quattro currently the only Audi in motorsport with conventional quattro drive. In addition, therell be the inaugural event of the new Audi Sport TT Cup. Itll be a unique opportunity to experience all this on a single weekend not to be missed by any fan. Im sure that the best tickets for the DTM festival will quickly be sold.
The DTM had a long winter break. Now the action will soon be starting again, with testing scheduled at Portimão (Portugal) for the beginning of March. Are you looking forward to sitting in the DTM cockpit again?
As long as theres still snow on the ground here Im still finding a bit difficult to think about a DTM race. But the upcoming track tests are sending a clear signal that well be starting again soon. And thats good. The new DTM season with its new format and the additional races promises plenty of suspense.
Youll be competing in car #5 in the DTM this year thats the number you clinched your first title with in 2004. A good omen?
Yes, but not just because of that. I generally like the number 5 because a lot of things in life have to do with 5.
Will you be competing with 5 in the Rallycross World Championship as well?
The plans for my private team, EKS, have not been completed yet. Were still looking for partners to support us. Our aim is to compete in the full World Championship. But nothings locked in concrete yet. Obviously, Im hoping for EKS to be able to race in the DTM festival at Hockenheim.