The internationally leading expert-organisation DEKRA and the DTM have announced an additional extension to a long-standing strategic partnership that stretches back 30 years.
DTM umbrella organisation ITR and the German experts announced the renewed deal on the eve of Sunday’s landmark 500th DTM race, held at the DEKRA-owned Lausitzring. The partnership ensures DEKRA will continue its partnership with the Deutscher Motor Sport Bund (DMSB), undertaking DTM scrutineering. Additionally, DEKRA will continue as one of the series’ major sponsors.
“We’re absolutely delighted that we will be able to rely on the continued technical expertise of our long-standing partner DEKRA,” said ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger. “Our long and intense relationship of trust is extraordinary in the motorsport world.”
The partnership began back in 1989, and the timing of today’s announcement is particularly appropriate: this year, DEKRA and the DTM celebrate their 30th anniversary together – a relationship that makes it one of the longest and oldest technical and commercial partnerships in the motorsport world.
“We’re proud to made a relevant contribution to safety in the DTM for more than 30 years,” said DEKRA board member Clemens Klinke. “In that time, our colleagues have done some outstanding work, and are acknowledged and appreciated by organisers and teams up and down the pit-lane. We are very happy to be able to continue this long-standing, proven partnership.”
The partnership has two main goals: first of all the safety of all those involved and in addition, level playing field for all the competitors. In the partnership with Germany’s motor racing authority, DMSB, DEKRA’s technology experts supervise the compliance of the regulations within the framework of the scrutinising.
The majority of the DEKRA staff that are involved in the DTM project usually work for the DEKRA Technology Center Lausitzring where they examine driving dynamics, exhaust emissions and apply the latest standards. The latest DTM safety concept was developed and realised with the support of DEKRA. Every static and dynamic homologation test was executed by DEKRA using FIA- and DMSB-approved examination and test centres.
In the DTM paddock, the DEKRA logo is present on trackside branding across the circuit, above the race number on all cars, and throughout the pit-lane.