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BMW Motorsport News - Issue 46/2017.
Sat Dec 23 13:47:25 CET 2017 Press Release
DTM releases 2018 race calendar – Customer racing debut for the BMW M4 GT4 in Dubai.
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DTM: 2018 race calendar to be even more international.
More races and new circuits: In 2018, DTM fans can not only look forward to an additional race weekend, but also more rounds outside Germany. New to the calendar are Misano (ITA) and Brands Hatch (GBR). The opening round (4th to 6th May) and the finale (12th to 14th October) will again take place at Hockenheim (GER). As in previous years, each event will feature two races. With the remaining race weekends at the Lausitzring (GER), in Budapest (HUN), at the Norisring (GER), Zandvoort (NED), the Nürburgring (GER) and Spielberg (AUT), five rounds will be held in Germany and five in other European countries. This underlines the Europe-wide importance of the DTM as a prestigious international touring car series, without compromising its German roots.
24h Dubai: Customer racing debut for the BMW M4 GT4.
The BMW M4 GT4 will make its customer racing debut between 10th and 13th January. The Securtal Sorg Rennsport and 3Y Technology teams will both compete with the new BMW customer racing car at the 24 Hours of Dubai (UAE). The French team fielding two cars means that three BMW M4 GT4s will take their place on the grid at the start of 2018. A specific BMW M235i Racing Cup class will also feature in Dubai. Six cars from four teams will do battle for class victory at the 24 Hours of Dubai. Other teams will also field private BMW cars.
12h Bathurst: Brabham nephew Matt to drive the BMW M4 GT4.
Australian touring car legend Tony Longhurst (AUS) will take part in the 12-hour race at Bathurst (AUS) with a well-known name at the wheel of a BMW M4 GT4. Matt Brabham (AUS), nephew of three-time Formula 1 world champion Jack Brabham (AUS), will race alongside Aaron Seton (AUS). In doing so, Brabham is continuing a family tradition. Not only did his grandfather Jack take part in the classic at the Mount Panorama Circuit, but so did his father Geoff (AUS). Both took their place on the winners list, with Geoff Brabham taking victory at the wheel of a BMW in 1997.