DTM drivers hope Spa stays on the calendar in 2023

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Regardless of being thought of as one of the iconic tracks in all of motorsport, Spa has solely featured thrice on the DTM calendar for the reason that collection’ revival initially of the century: in 2005, ‘20 and once more this 12 months.

The 7.0km venue within the Ardennes forest performed host to among the finest racing seen up to now this 12 months, aided by blended climate situations, with Porsche’s Dennis Olsen and Pink Bull driver Nick Cassidy scoring their maiden race wins on Saturday and Sunday respectively.

Nonetheless, the way forward for Spa in DTM stays unsure forward of the anticipated announcement of the 2023 schedule this month, with the collection eager on going “again to the roots” and having extra races in and round Germany subsequent 12 months.

However the drivers themselves are in favour of creating Spa a daily fixture on the DTM map, with many praising it for its wealthy historical past and distinctive structure.

“It is my favorite monitor on the calendar this 12 months,” stated reigning GT Masters champion Ricardo Feller.

“I believe it is nice that it is so lengthy and has a mega-cool mixture of very quick corners like Blanchimont or Eau Rouge, numerous medium-speed corners like those we have now within the center sector, which I personally actually like, after which there are additionally gradual corners with overtaking alternatives. 

“I merely like this combine. There may be numerous up and down. It is merely a sort of monitor that I like.”

Feller’s Abt Audi teammate Kelvin van der Linde added: “Mainly, any Method One circuit on the calendar is a privilege.

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“It is at all times nice enjoyable and Spa is at all times one of many icons within the motorsport world. For racing, it is perhaps not the very best monitor as a result of in GT3 we do not get as shut as for instance in Hockenheim, the place the racing is normally at all times extraordinarily good. 

“However principally, it is an iconic monitor. I would prefer it to remain.”

Arjun Maini, Mercedes-AMG Crew HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3

Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast has fond recollections from the venue having gained the Spa 24 Hours again in 2014, however conceded its future on the calendar will rely upon how profitable the monitor will be for the collection.

“Spa is after all one of many tracks that almost all racers already know very effectively and like very a lot as a result of it’s nonetheless a comparatively pure monitor and likewise has many challenges,” he stated.

“I believe that if they will get just a few extra spectators right here, will probably be extra fascinating for the ITR and the DTM. However for us drivers, it’s after all one of the stunning tracks we drive on. 

“However in the long run, it is the variety of spectators that counts, after all.”

SSR Efficiency driver Olsen was one other driver to help the bid for conserving Spa on the calendar shortly after scoring his first DTM win in Saturday’s opening race.

“It is a very particular monitor,” he stated. “I believe this monitor totally deserves to be on the DTM calendar. 

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“It gives nice racing, as we noticed on Saturday with the climate. It’s much like Nurburgring the place the climate can change at any second and together with this monitor [layout], I believe it’s one of many best possible locations you possibly can go to.” 

2013 Spa 24 Hours winner and reigning DTM champion Maximilian Gotz added: “In my view, sure [it should say]. 

“I’m coming right here since many, a few years. Possibly [not] 20 years however it feels lengthy. I used to be in a position to win the 24 hours race, end in P2 this 12 months, this large race and now in P2 within the DTM 12 months. So for me, sure.”

Crew Bernhard Porsche’s Thomas Preining stated “Spa ought to be on any calendar, for any European season to be trustworthy”, earlier than including: “It’s among the finest tracks on this planet. There’s a cause why we adore it. It’s at all times action-packed racing and we noticed this weekend.”

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