The DTM field is impressive this year, but there is a little bit of bitterness: Despite the efforts behind the scenes, according to information from ‘Motorsport-Total.com’, no Aston Martin Vantage GT3 will participate in the DTM season this year.
DTM boss Gerhard Berger said last year that the British brand could be “an issue” for 2022 alongside Porsche.
Ultimately, however, there was no agreement between Aston Martin Racing and one of the teams interested in the DTM to ensure more brand diversity and the seventh brand after Mercedes-AMG, Audi, BMW, Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini.
Which teams were candidates for the Aston Martin stage?
But which teams were the potential candidates? Jens Feucht’s T3 team initially considered a change of brand after it became clear that they would have to do without the support of the Lamborghini factory in 2022.
However, an agreement could not be reached with Aston Martin Racing or McLaren, which is why the Dresden team is now fighting and Lamborghini wants to show that they have lost support by mistake. And with powerful results.
The second contender was the Toksport WRT squad, which has established itself in the ADAC GT Masters over the last three years with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and the top two Luca Stolz and Maro Engel and immediately fought for the title. In addition, last year they proudly showed their class in the debut of the DTM guest at the Nürburgring and would have ended up on the podium had it not been for the penalty for the pit incident.
Aston Martin Racing busy thanks to many orders
Toksport WRT registered an interest in joining the DTM for the 2022 season with AMG. However, with the star-studded brand already fielding eight cars this year, there was no room for a top team at the Nürburgring. Then there were talks with Aston Martin Racing, which remained fruitless.
As ‘Motorsport-Total.com’ found out from Aston Martin circles, in the end it would not be possible to build two new GT3 cars in time for the DTM event. And the finished Vantage GT3 is not to be found at the moment at Aston Martin Racing in Banbury. In addition, you are completely dealing with the current GT3 instructions.
What the Toksport WRT program will look like for the 2022 season has not yet been announced. However, the continuation of cooperation with Mercedes-AMG is unlikely, as the team has provided Mercedes-AMG equipment and cars for sale.
The news that no Vantage GT3 will be on the grid in the DTM is also a setback for Aston Martin driver Nicki Thiim, who would be a prime cockpit candidate if he were in the job. The son of DTM legend Kurt Thiim, who is looked after by Dennis Rostek’s agency Pole Promotion, was hoping to enter the classic series.