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Quotes ahead of DTM and Super GT Dream Race, Fuji Speedway

Quotes ahead of DTM and Super GT Dream Race, Fuji Speedway

18.11.2019: Gerhard Berger, Chairman ITR e. V. “This weekend’s joint-event between DTM and SUPER GT is a landmark achievement. It has been a long-held ambition to jointly host a race together – and it has been many years’ work to realise it. The DTM’s two German

Gerhard Berger, Chairman ITR e. V.


“This weekend’s joint-event between DTM and SUPER GT is a landmark achievement. It has been a long-held ambition to jointly host a race together – and it has been many years’ work to realise it. The DTM’s two German brands Audi and BMW will bring to Japan some of their greatest champions – two- time winners René Rast and Marco Wittmann, as well as Mike Rockenfeller; and racers Loïc Duval and Benoît Tréluyer, who each achieved success in Japan during their long and successful careers.



photo caption: Gerhard Berger (ITR Chairman), Masaaki Bandoh (GTA Chairman) © DTM





In addition, local hero Kamui Kobayashi, and the legendary Alex Zanardi, whose achievements need no introduction, will race for the honour of the German marques. As we write a new chapter in the history of both our series this weekend, I hope we have a safe and successful event, and that everyone enjoys the spectacle, the fun and the thrill that comes from combining our two series together on the racetrack.”






René Rast, Audi, DTM Champion 2017 & 2019


“I’ve never been to Japan before, so I’m looking forward to everything. I spent a day and a half preparing for the simulator on Fuji, as well as watching some videos on YouTube – mostly to get to the racetrack and switch back to racing mode. But there is no pressure: In my opinion, the main thing for us is to enjoy the weekend and to offer the fans a good show.



Because of the unique track profile in Fuji, we need to focus on the car’s set-up: on the one hand, we want as much top speed as possible on the long straight; on the other hand, we want as much downforce in all the other areas, especially the last sector. It won’t be easy – especially if you look at the strong field of participants. There are some really very well-known names. Almost everyone has won races and everyone deserves to be in Fuji at the start.”







Marco Wittmann, BMW, DTM Champion 2014 & 2016


“It’s really nice that we’re finally going to race the first proper races with the SUPER GT. Since Fuji Speedway is new territory for me, I’ve also been dependent on the simulator and the numerous onboard videos available on YouTube in my preparation. After all, our preparation for the Dream Race is not that different from our normal schedule in DTM, where we had to learn two new racetracks in the past season.


The track layout in Fuji looks cool, especially because of the extremely long start-finish straight. There should be high top speeds possible – but whether we can crack the 300 kph mark may also depend a bit on getting a slipstream. It’s great to have Kamui Kobayashi and Alex Zanardi as team-mates – one’s a local hero and the other’s an absolute sports legend. That’s a good mix. Alex knows our DTM car from his guest start last year, even though we did not drive with the new turbo engines back then.



I wouldn’t dare to predict the results: While the SUPER GT teams know the racetrack much better than we do, we have much more experience with the Hankook tyres. The important thing is that we deliver a good show and create the basis for more races of this kind in the future.”




- ITR also photos


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18.11.2019 / MaP

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