Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft

Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (translated as German Racing Championship) or simply DRM as it was known, was a touring car and Sportscar racing series. It is regarded as a predecessor of the current DTM as Germany's top national series.

Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft
CategorySportscar & touring car racing
CountryWest Germany
Inaugural season1972


The DRM began in 1972 as a Group 2 touring car and Group 4 GT racing series for cars like (BMW 2002) and (BMW Coupé), in addition to the Deutsche Rundstrecken-Meisterschaft [de] (German circuit racing saloon car championship). In these years, the same or similar cars were also entered in the European Touring Car Championship.

Races were run separately as big Division 1 (for 2 to 4 liter) and small Division 2 (under 2 liter) in a sprint format.

In 1977, Group 5 cars were admitted into the series, making the series better supported with Gr.5 cars than the World Championship of Makes they were intended for. These fast and spectacular turbocharged cars with wide fenders and wings had many fans. Especially the Porsche 935 outpowered F1 cars. During common testing sessions at Circuit Paul Ricard, 935 passed them on the long Mistral straight.

Klaus Ludwig's 1981 Group 5 Zakspeed Ford Capri at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany

In 1979, the Rennsport Trophäe (Racing Trophy) was introduced for the cheaper original series protagonists, the Group 2 and 4 cars. It consisted of combined races with the DRM until 1981.

In 1982, following the FIA rule changes, new Group C sportscars (along with existing Group 6) replaced the Group 5 machinery at the renamed International Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft. Meanwhile, the Rennsport Trophäe held separate races and events in 1982 and 1983, except for the 1982 ADAC Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

In 1984, with just three races held, organisers used three WEC (World Endurance Championship) races as additional IDRM point races. Also, the Rennsport Trophäe was replaced by the DPM (Deutsche Produktionswagen Meisterschaft), run with Group A cars.

1985 was the final year of the now called DSM (Deutsche Sportwagen Meisterschaft), with just one race was held at Norisring, the rest of them held in conjunction with the popular Interserie. This meant CanAm entered from the latter series, as it had always been, had to be counted for points

The series would be replaced by the Group C-only Supercup in 1986. At that time, the less expensive DTM had taken over as Germany's most important racing series.

Since 2005 the AvD the AvD organizes a "Revival Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft" race at his great "Oldtimer Grand Prix".


Season Champion Team Car
1972   Hans-Joachim Stuck   Zakspeed Racing Ford Capri RS
1973   Dieter Glemser   Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1974   Dieter Glemser   Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1975   Hans Heyer   Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1976   Hans Heyer   Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1977   Rolf Stommelen   Georg Loos Porsche 935
1978   Harald Ertl   Schnitzer Motorsport BMW 320i Turbo
1979   Klaus Ludwig   Kremer Racing Porsche 935 K3
1980   Hans Heyer   Lancia Corse Lancia Beta Monte Carlo Turbo
1981   Klaus Ludwig   Zakspeed Racing Ford Capri Turbo
1982   Bob Wollek   Joest Racing Porsche 936
1983   Bob Wollek   Joest Racing Porsche 956
1984   Stefan Bellof   Brun Motorsport Porsche 956B
1985   Jochen Mass   Joest Racing Porsche 956


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