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Old 11 Oct 2018, 17:22 (Ref:3856136)   #31
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...any rumors on possible drivers?
I guess some Mercedes driver could find his place with Aston.

Thiim and Martin for sure. I don't think they'll have more cars - it's a private initiative by certain Swiss fans, as I understand.
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Old 11 Oct 2018, 17:52 (Ref:3856141)   #32
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Thiim and Martin for sure. I don't think they'll have more cars - it's a private initiative by certain Swiss fans, as I understand.


Up to 4 cars. But most likely 2 id day. Although from a intel perspective Id say 4 makes more sense

Curious if they use the vantage or the DB11

Vantage seems small for DTM
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Old 11 Oct 2018, 17:53 (Ref:3856142)   #33
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Thiim and Martin for sure. I don't think they'll have more cars - it's a private initiative by certain Swiss fans, as I understand.
It's the same team that run the Astons in the Blancpain Series. Thiim and Martin are also part of the GTE programme. But maybe there will be calendar clash...

This combo would be excellent in DTM, Martin has a lot of experience and he won a race in DTM with BMW
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Old 11 Oct 2018, 18:04 (Ref:3856144)   #34
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Kirchofer has been pretty decent for them in Blancpain, wonder if hes in with a shout
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Old 11 Oct 2018, 20:19 (Ref:3856163)   #35
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I'd have thought the drivers would be current Mercedes DTM drivers rather than the Aston WEC drivers (particularly if they place some of them in British GT again - will that happen?). Paffet is off to Formula E with Mercedes - what's Di Resta doing next year? Aeuer could be a good shout too. It would make sense to use at least some drivers with DTM experience.
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Old 11 Oct 2018, 20:45 (Ref:3856169)   #36
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I doubt Aston will be placing any of their drivers with the team. It's a privately funded team using the Vantage name and shape under licence. Aston Martin themselves have zero involvement with the project.
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I doubt Aston will be placing any of their drivers with the team. It's a privately funded team using the Vantage name and shape under licence. Aston Martin themselves have zero involvement with the project.


Its a fair point, it is indeed a customer effort, but do remember Aston Martin place factory drivers in GT3 teams, so we may see a few of them here.

R-Motorsport have shown themselves to be pretty decent at picking drivers, so I dont doubt they will find a good balanced line up.

Id love to see Di Resta sure

Auer is definitely possible, Mortara id say is too strongly associated with Mercedes. Juncadella not sure, Werhlein is hoping to be in F1, having turned down FE. If that fails maybe he ends up in an Aston...
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Old 12 Oct 2018, 03:52 (Ref:3856186)   #38
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Still seems weird to me that an Aston Martin Vantage can be classed as a touring car!

Nethertheless excellent to see a new manufacturer in the series, and the first non-German marque in a while! Onwards and upwards!
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Still seems weird to me that an Aston Martin Vantage can be classed as a touring car!

Despite the name, DTM has for all intents and purposes been a GT championship for several years now.
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Old 12 Oct 2018, 05:23 (Ref:3856191)   #40
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Thiim and Martin for sure. I don't think they'll have more cars - it's a private initiative by certain Swiss fans, as I understand.
German sources say they beginn the season with Auer and Di Resta. Later joins Thiim and Martin.
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Kirchofer has been pretty decent for them in Blancpain, wonder if hes in with a shout
Frijns shows GT3 pace isn't a guarantee for DTM front running though.
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Frijns shows GT3 pace isn't a guarantee for DTM front running though.
Yes, DTM is completely different and i guess drivers has to deal with a lot of downforce, that's the main difference with other touring car or gt series. And I'm not surprised that a lot of drivers described DTM cars similar to a formula with covered wheels. Frinjs got experience this year, and let's say it...Audi wasn't the best car. Only Rast has made the difference.

In regard of the Aston drivers, Di Resta was an obvious choice.
This Aston operation remembers me the Abt Audi Team that initially was almost a private operation, before the proper Audi team came.
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Just what DTM needs at this time, another manufacturer, although Aston have always been more sportscar than touring to me
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... although Aston have always been more sportscar than touring to me
Haven't those lines faded though? This discussion pops up every time a 4-seater enters GT3, I'd say it's not that black or white. Back in the seventies a 911 was considered a touringcar as well.
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WRT to run customer Audis next year - and ROWE possibly to run customer BMWs. Presumably these are 'extra' cars - so the works squads remain the same size and we gain a couple of Astons and the customer Audis and BMWs - so the grid remains a decent size.
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