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.
|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..
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.
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.
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.
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.