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DTM RACING: A LOOK BACK
 
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters – DTM is a German motorsport racing series that began in 1984. In 1995, DTM sought to expand into the International Touring Car – ITC series under the FIA which took over the finances of the championship. This triggered a detrimental domino effect to the series as first, the largest portion of revenue generated in the championship went to the FIA which left very little to the competing teams who had made costly investments in making the high-tech competing race cars. In addition, competing teams incurred steep travel costs to new international rounds that had been introduced into the series in Japan and Brazil. Furthermore, the FIA charged television rights exorbitantly which led to a dramatic withdrawal of TV coverage of the championship. The DTM series took another blow as fans’ access to the circuit paddock to meet drivers was discouraged and ticket prices to races were drastically increased. As a result the DTM events suffered poor attendance and to exacerbate the situation, manufacturers were unhappy about racing in countries where their vehicles were not sold. Alfa Romeo, an Italian car manufacturer whose vehicles were not sold in Brazil withdrew from the series in 1996 as well as Opel, a German motors company. Mercedes-Benz was the only contender left, which led to the cancellation of the championship for the next four years. The new DTM made a come-back in 2000 and has since garnered a huge fan base across the world. It is now predominantly the forte of three of Germany’s finest automobile manufacturers: BMW, AUDI and Mercedes-Benz. The three car manufacturers battle for supremacy on the race tracks introducing some of the world’s most agile and elegant racing machines. However, this isn’t the only attraction as fans are treated to live concerts with international stars, daring and exhilarating stunt shows, autograph sessions and much more.