Premiere in DTM Trophy: Mücke Motorsport entering with two Mercedes-AMGs

Premiere in DTM Trophy: Mücke Motorsport entering with two Mercedes-AMGs

26.11.2021: • Peter Mücke considers DTM Trophy as the ideal step from Formula 4 into GT racing • DTM DNA with one driver per car: uncompromised development for young drivers • Seven race weekends on the calendar for the junior race series DTM Trophy in 2022

•    Peter Mücke considers DTM Trophy as the ideal step from Formula 4 into GT racing

•    DTM DNA with one driver per car: uncompromised development for young drivers

•    Seven race weekends on the calendar for the junior race series DTM Trophy in 2022

Peter Mücke, team principal Mücke Motorsport

A high-profile addition to the DTM Trophy: Mücke Motorsport will be running two Mercedes-AMGs in the junior race series on the DTM platform in the 2022 season. With the production-based GT sports cars, the team led by Peter Mücke, known for its successful support of young drivers, is taking a new direction to enable young drivers from Formula 4 to get started in GT racing and to prepare them for graduation into DTM.

“The DTM Trophy is the ideal entry into GT racing,” says team principal Peter Mücke, who will announce the driver line-up at a later stage. “Here, drivers particularly benefit from the DNA of the DTM Trophy with one driver per car, like in DTM. That is a very important element as it allows for a considerably faster and more straight-lined development of a driver without having to make compromises with other drivers. And as a team, we can concentrate on one driver and react to his requirements in a better way.”

For Peter Mücke, formerly a successful racing driver himself before founding Mücke Motorsport in 1998, but even at the age of 75 still happy to be racing in DTM Classic together with his son, ex-DTM driver Stefan Mücke, the team philosophy is clear: “We will be running our involvement in the DTM Trophy at DTM level.”  

Based in Berlin-Altglienicke, the team already raced with Mercedes in DTM from 2005 until 2016 and made its comeback in the long-standing series in the past season. Third place at Norisring by Maximilian Buhk was the best classification of the season with the Mücke Mercedes with innovative Space Drive technology by Schaeffler Paravan. Therefore, it is only logical that Mücke is also relying on Mercedes-AMG in the DTM Trophy.

Next to DTM, supporting young drivers in various single-seater categories has also been an important element since the team was founded. Formula 1 drivers like Sebastian Vettel, Robert Kubica, Christian Klien, Markus Winkelhock and Sébastien Buemi enjoyed success with Mücke. Due to the massively rising costs in single-seater race series, Peter Mücke is considering the DTM Trophy as an excellent alternative.

“The DTM Trophy is a promising answer to the question from many drivers where they should drive in future. The step to DTM Trophy is a logical one because eventually, 90 percent of the single-seater drivers end up in GT racing anyway. The DTM Trophy on the professional DTM platform is the perfect second-tier category for graduation into high-quality GT championships like DTM. And by getting Scot Elkins on board as the new race director for DTM and DTM Trophy, the junior series is in a perfect position in sporting terms, too.”

As the director event & operations of the DTM organisation ITR, Frederic Elsner is also delighted about the new addition to the junior series:
“With all his achievements and experience, Peter Mücke knows the ways and the goals of young driver support like hardly anyone else. That he is opting for the DTM Trophy as the entry into GT racing in future is a very good signal and also reinforces our talent philosophy with which we successfully introduced the DTM Trophy in 2020.”

In 2022, the DTM Trophy is entering its third season. On the professional DTM stage, the junior race series is running seven race weekends with 30-minute sprint races both on Saturday and on Sunday. The 2022 DTM Trophy starts at DEKRA Lausitzring Turn 1 from 20-22 May. After tour stops at Imola in Italy, Norisring, Nürburgring, Spa-Francorchamps and Red Bull Ring, the finale will be held at Hockenheimring from 7-9 October.

Aline Proll -photo Muecke Motorsport


26.11.2021 / MaP

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