DTM: Aston Martin allowed in-season testing

The Aston Martin team, fronted by R-Motorsport will be allowed some in season testing after results during testing were not where they hoped.

It’s no secret that joining an established series is tough, we already saw that Aston Martin were pushing to get the car ready for the season, but their pace was behind the other entries at final testing, with only six days of running so far.

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Germany: DTM Test Lausitzring FERDINAND HABSBURG (AUT), Aston Martin

Due to this, the team approached rivals and series promoter, ITR to be granted permission to test during the season. They have now announced that this has been accepted.

Dr Florian Kamelger said:

“I have the agreement of the other two manufacturers that we can do the test during the season…that’s very gratifying for us.

I can’t say exactly yet [when it will take place]. As soon as we know it, we will also communicate it, because I would first like to examine the possibilities we have discussed.

We agreed on a timespan that is not immediately after Hockenheim [the season opener on May 4/5], but of course not in the middle of the season.”

Gerhard Berger (ITR chairman), commented that it was fair for Aston Martin to be allowed to try and catch up, due to being a new entry.

“Newcomers are always welcome, so everyone is in favour [of the test concession]…you always have to give them a fair chance to be at the top. That’s an advantage for the series.”


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