It is still called DTM today, yet the German Touring Car Championship is different than it was in the beginning. Launched in 1984, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft dates back to 1996, during which time things happened that laid the foundation for today’s sports car.
Due to the homologation, we got street models like the BMW E30 M3, the Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth, or the Ford Sierra Cosworth, but there were also Opel and Alfa Romeo among the players. And in the German-dominated field, the Italians were able to reap surprising victories, with the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti being the record holder of the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft with a 38-time race victory.
And such a history cannot be forgotten, it was only a matter of time before the record-breaking race car would reappear. Now is the moment when Nicola Larini’s race car gets under the hammer. The Alfa Romeo Corse race team began to take over the German-founded series in 1993. They won 11 races, making the championship the Italian.
The rules changed this year, with cars with 2.5-liter and up to six-cylinder engines allowed. Giuseppe Busso designed the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti racing engine, which led the team to victory. In 1995, Michael Bartels ’start-finish victory shines brightly in the brand’s racing history, allowing the driver to take 10th place in the individual championship out of 32 runners-up.
The Jagermeister received an orange finish in 1996 when it was transferred from Lombardy to JAS Motorsport. This color scheme was quite strong in both the DTM and the ITC (International Touring Car Championship), previously the BMW E30 M3 also performed nicely with this paintwork, so when the Alps, which already seemed strong, got it, suddenly everyone paid attention to them. , Opel still won the season.
Opel and Alfa Romeo withdrew from the DTM after the 1996 season due to too high development costs to compete, leaving Mercedes the only manufacturer – Audi and BMW withdrew earlier. With this, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft was essentially abolished, more precisely merged into the ITC. It revived in 2000 as a stand-alone series.
Bartels, who won a start-finish victory in Diepholz in 1995, disappeared after the 96th season, presumably in the JAS garage. It came to mind again in 2015, when it was completely renovated, its engine re-tuned to the bench, and now it will be offered for sale in Paris in 2022.
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