‘Too early’ to discuss DTM’s return to popular Imola

Imola turned the fifth Italian venue to host the DTM Tour, with Group Abt Audi successful each races by the hands of Rene Rast and Ricardo Feller.

Though probabilities of overtaking on a basic backyard path had been few and much between with out important tire offsets, akin to these utilized by Mirco Bortolotti For climbing from sixteenth to 3rd within the first race, the monitor’s introduction to the calendar was extensively praised.

“Imola is a good circuit and I believe there hasn’t been a single driver on the entire circuit who wasn’t joyful to race right here,” Purple Bull Ferrari boss Ron Reichert instructed Motorsport.com.

“It is superb to be right here, it is a actually nice circuit. All of the atmospheres you create listed below are so totally different from the opposite circuits, so it is a pleasure to be right here.”

When requested if he’d like Imola again, Grasser Racing Lamborghini president Gottfried Grasser instructed Motorsport.com: “Completely, 100%. Personally it is a very good occasion. I actually prefer it right here, for positive.”

HRT Mercedes workforce boss Uli Fritz instructed Motorsport.com that the passing difficulties didn’t detract from his workforce’s enjoyment of the occasion.

“We have seen that the monitor most likely does not match into an thrilling racing format 100%, as a result of you possibly can’t actually overtake right here, particularly if the BOP is completely balanced,” he stated.

“So for the spectators, it isn’t the best race, however the drivers like it and the groups like it.”

Ricardo Feller, Team ABT Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3, Arjun Maini, Team Mercedes-AMG HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3

Ricardo Feller, Group ABT Sportsline Audi R8 LMS GT3, Arjun Maini, Group Mercedes-AMG HRT Mercedes-AMG GT3

Photograph by: DTM

However when requested by Motorsport.com if he was truly planning on changing into a everlasting participant on the calendar, Berger stated: “Truthfully, I do not know.

“Proper now we’re placing our calendar for subsequent yr collectively, and I do not but have the information on paper to say, ‘Right here we’re, and right here we aren’t.

“It is a query of ‘is it a superb circuit, is it essential to us as a rustic, is it past chance, is it good for TV, what calendar date we get,’ so it is all utterly open for now.”

“If it was Imola or Monza or Misano, Vallelonga, I don’t know. It’s too early to speak about this.”

Berger stated ITR “wants to review extra of Italy” to know whether or not it will be higher to have a daily base in a single location or to navigate across the varied Italian routes, having visited Monza in 2021.

“We nonetheless have to know what to do,” he defined.

“Once I was younger, Italy was the Mecca of motorsports. At this second it is rather troublesome to not [for] System 1 to get folks right here, however we’ll work on that.”

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Talking on the press convention after ending third, two-time DTM champion Marco Whitman He prompt that including a visitor driver to the sector would entice extra spectators.

In 2019, he was the then Ducati Motorbike Driver Andrea Dovizioso He raced an Audi in Misano, whereas the yr earlier than the well-known Alex Zanardi offered his sequence arc on the identical spot.

“If we return, I believe we have to work on getting extra followers to the ringside,” stated Whitman, who added his help for the “fairly cool” design.

“I do not know if we are able to get such stars within the DTM as Valentino Rossi for instance, I believe the DTM must work as a result of clearly you possibly can run in entrance of the large crowd.”

Villiers additionally supported a return to Imola, however prompt altering the beginning time earlier within the day or later to keep away from the sweltering warmth can be extra engaging to viewers.

“I believe there weren’t lots of comers as if we ran the race a bit of earlier or later as a result of it was so scorching,” he stated.

“I can perceive that it isn’t finest to face on the aspect of the monitor when it is scorching.

“However the monitor positively has one thing in it. It’s one in every of my favourites, particularly since I believe it’s the favorite in Italy, so it’s good that DTM is coming to Imola.”