DTM 2012 – TV Guide for Round 2: Lausitzring

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If you haven’t yet watched the opening round of DTM 2012 from Hockenheimring last weekend, then you’re missing out on a cracking race, with Mercedes finishing first and second ahead of Mattais Ekström’s Audi in 3rd, and the best placed BMW of Andy Priaulx in sixth.

Fear not though, DTM is back again this weekend from Lausitzring situated just 80 miles south of Berlin, whilst highlights of last weekend’s race from Hockenheimring can be viewed tomorrow (Saturday 5th May) on ITV4 and next week (8th & 9th May) on Sky Sports.

Lausitzring is typically a Mercedes-Benz circuit, with their drivers claiming twelve of the last fourteen pole positions and nine of the last twelve race wins at the circuit. However Audi were the dominant team last year, with Martin Tomczyk and Timo Scheider scoring a memorable one-two finish.

Meanwhile, for BMW, the race at Lausitzring this weekend will be a journey of discovery. Whilst all three BMW teams spent a few days testing there last year, this was quite early in the development of the BMW M3 DTM and the car has changed a lot since then.

Last weekend’s race winner, Gary Paffett, won there in 2005 and 2009, so he’s looking forward to another competitive race, “Our one-two result in the season opener at Hockenheim was a great start to the new era of the DTM,” said Paffett.

“We have a long season ahead of us, and we’ll be taking each race as it comes. The Lausitzring makes different demands from those we have to contend with at Hockenheim: the track is technically very demanding, with only one fast corner but several chicanes. It was clear in Hockenheim that our new DTM C-Coupé is very fast. Now, we aim to keep pushing and to improve our performance in qualifying.”

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Race schedule and known TV coverage

To help you find your way, we’ve updated our TV listing to include the latest changes since last week. As before, to find out how to watch the broadcasts, take a look at our ‘How to watch it’ section below.

Date/Time Venue
Saturday 28th April, 6:40am to 7:05am Mobil 1 The Grid, DTM Preview (Channel 4)
Round 1: 29th April Hockenheim
Sunday 29th April, 10:30pm Hockenheimring: Round One (ESPN)
Sunday 30th April, 8:15pm Hockenheimring: Round One (ESPN Repeat)
Wednesday 2 May, 12:30am Hockenheimring: Round One (ESPN Repeat)
Thursday 3rd May, 9:00am DTM Review, Hockenheimring: Round One (ESPN Repeat)
Saturday 5th May, 10:30am Hockenheimring: Round One (ITV4)
Saturday 5th May, 11:30am Hockenheimring: Round One (ITV4 +1 Repeat)
Round 2: 6th May Lausitzring
Sunday 6th May, 10:30pm EuroSpeedway Lausitz: Round Two (ESPN Repeat)
Monday 7th May, 12:30am EuroSpeedway Lausitz: Round Two (ESPN HD Repeat)
Tuesday 8th May, 10:00pm Hockenheimring: Round One (Sky Sports 3 Repeat)
Wednesday 9th May, 2:00am Hockenheimring: Round One (Sky Sports 3 Repeat)
Wednesday 9th May, 7:00am Hockenheimring: Round One (Sky Sports 3 Repeat)
Wednesday 9th May, 10:00am Hockenheimring: Round One (Sky Sports 4 Repeat)
Wednesday 9th May, 4:45pm DTM Review, EuroSpeedway Lausitz: Round Two (ESPN Repeat)
Wednesday 9th May, 5:00pm Hockenheimring: Round One (Sky Sports 4 Repeat)
Thursday 10th May, 1:15am DTM Review, EuroSpeedway Lausitz: Round Two (ESPN Repeat)
Thursday 11th May, 2:00pm DTM Review, EuroSpeedway Lausitz: Round Two (ESPN Repeat)
Saturday 12th May, 10:30am EuroSpeedway Lausitz: Round Two (ITV4)
Saturday 12th May, 11:30am EuroSpeedway Lausitz: Round Two (ITV4 +1)
Round 3: 20th May Brands Hatch
Round 4: 3rd June Spielberg
Round 5: 1st July Norisring
Round 6: 15th July Münich
Round 7: 19th August Nürburgring
Round 8: 26th August Zandvoort
Round 9: 16th September Oschersleben
Round 10: 30th September Valencia
Round 11: 21st October Hockenheim

How to watch it..

ITV4

ITV hold the rights to broadcast highlights of each race, with coverage delayed until a week after each live event (so far). The programming is filmed and produced by Whisper Films, the company founded by Harriet Humphrey, wife of BBC’s Formula One presenter Jake Humphrey.

Voice-over commentary is provided by none other than BTCC and F1 presenter, Louise Goodman, so you’re in safe and familiar hands.

You can keep an eye on the ITV website for any further details.

ESPN

If you’d like to watch the tyre-smoking action LIVE in the UK, then you’ll need to subscribe to ESPN, but that doesn’t mean you should expect live coverage of every race.

Coverage begins on Sunday 29th April on ESPN (CH.442 on Sky) from 10:30pm to 12:15am (Duration : 105 mins), with the race repeated on Monday 30th April at 8:15pm. However ESPN’s live coverage doesn’t kick-in until the Brands Hatch round on 20th May.

To gain access you’ll need to subscribe on either Virgin Media, Freeview, BT Vision or Sky. It will cost £9 extra a month for Sky Sports subscribers, or £12 extra a month for other Sky subscribers.

Sky Sports

If you are already a Sky Sports subscriber, then you can watch highlights of each DTM race on Sky Sports 3 and 4, but like ITV’s coverage, it is broadcast some 7-10 days after the live event.

Online coverage

If you don’t fancy forking out a minimum of £108 to watch each race in full on ESPN, then apart from the ITV4 highlights programme you’ll find additional coverage on dtm.tv and auditv.com.

The first highlights programme is now available on AudiTV, whilst you can also watch track previews from Lausitzring and interviews with the drivers over on DTM TV.

In Germany, the races are broadcast on ARD, n-tv and Sport1 – you can also catch video highlights and interviews (in German) on the Sport1 Mediencenter.

ARD is a public service broadcaster (just like the BBC), funded by German licence payers, and offers a ‘Livestream’ service on its website. You can then watch the livestream by accessing through a proxy server.

How to: (5 minute task) find a German proxy server address usinging http://hidemyass.com/proxy-list/. Copy down an IP address and Port No. Then open up your browser settings (in Chrome, go to Settings > Under the hood > Network (change proxy settings) > LAN settings > click the ‘Use a proxy server..’ checkbox > then enter the IP address and Port No of your proxy server. You should now be able to view the ‘live’ broadcast.