Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft

The Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft (German Touring Car Championship, or DTM) was a touring car racing series held from 1984 to 1996. Originally based in Germany, it held additional rounds elsewhere in Europe and later worldwide.

Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft
CategoryTouring cars
Inaugural season1984
Alfa Romeo
Tyre suppliersMichelin, Dunlop, Bridgestone
Last Drivers' championGermany Manuel Reuter
Last Teams' championGermany Opel

The original DTM had resumed racing with production based cars, as the former Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft had switched to Group 5 in 1977 and even to expensive Group C sportscars in 1982, leading to its decline. Since 2000, a new DTM has been run as the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters, again organised by ITR.


The Alfa Romeo 155 V6 TI DTM of 1993 champion Nicola Larini. The 155 holds the all-time record of 38 victories in DTM.

Rise of the original DTMEdit

The original DTM was started in 1984 as Deutschen Produktionswagen Meisterschaft (German Production Car Championship), with cars entered by privateer teams and under FIA Group A rules, but was extensively modified throughout the years, allowing more modifications. In the late 1980s, works teams joined the DTM, and it became one of the most popular motorsport championships in Europe.

Turbochargers were banned at the start of 1990 season due to cost reasons.

In 1993, the Group A rules were abandoned in favor of a more liberalised 2.5 L engine category called FIA Class 1 Touring Cars, with extensive use of ABS, four-wheel drive, electronic driver aids and carbon fibre chassis, the former three were technologies that were banned from F1. Opel, Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo all fielded works teams after Audi and BMW had abandoned earlier.

DTM to ITC and demiseEdit

The DTM expanded its horizons for the 1995 season and the teams contested the inaugural FIA International Touring Car Series [1] as well as the traditional DTM.[2] The former was contested over ten races, all held outside of Germany and the latter over fourteen races within Germany. Plans were then made to combine the two into one new series, the International Touring Car Championship, for 1996. The ITR governing body then sought approval and support from the FIA to begin the new series. In exchange for FIA support, the ITR let the organisation take control over many aspects of the way the ITC was run: crucially, the financial side of the championship was revolutionised. A large proportion of the revenue generated by the championship went to the FIA, with the result that less went to the teams who subsequently complained of little return on their increasingly large investment in the high-tech series (this was further exacerbated by the travel costs to the new international rounds in Suzuka, Japan and Interlagos, Brazil). The FIA also increased the price for television rights dramatically with the result that television coverage of the series disappeared from all European countries except Italy, Germany and Finland, prices for tickets to races were almost doubled, and access to the circuit paddock to meet the drivers (which had previously been a big hit with fans) was drastically reduced. The choices of circuits on which to hold rounds of the championship were also unsuccessful – the rounds at Magny-Cours, France and particularly Interlagos suffered very poor attendance. Questions were also raised by the manufacturers as to why they were racing in countries in which their cars were not actually sold (Alfa Romeos were not sold in Brazil).[citation needed] Opel and Alfa Romeo both left the championship after the 1996 season, leaving only Mercedes; the championship was consequently cancelled.

The new DTMEdit

The DTM returned in 2000 with different rules and with semi-International Championship status. The DTM initials stands for Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.


Klaus Ludwig won the 1992 drivers' title with a Mercedes-Benz 190E
Season Series Name Champion
/ Car
Second Third Manufacturers Champion [3]
1984 Deutschen Produktionswagen Meisterschaft   Volker Strycek
  BMW 635CSi
  Olaf Manthey   Harald Grohs not awarded
1985 Deutschen Produktionswagen Meisterschaft   Per Stureson
  Volvo 240 Turbo
  Olaf Manthey   Harald Grohs not awarded
1986 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Kurt Thiim
  Rover Vitesse
  Volker Weidler   Kurt König not awarded
1987 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Eric van de Poele
  BMW M3
  Manuel Reuter   Marc Hessel not awarded
1988 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Klaus Ludwig
  Ford Sierra RS500
  Roland Asch   Armin Hahne not awarded
1989 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Roberto Ravaglia
  BMW M3
  Klaus Niedzwiedz   Fabien Giroix not awarded
1990 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Hans-Joachim Stuck
  Audi V8 Quattro
  Johnny Cecotto   Kurt Thiim not awarded
1991 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Frank Biela
  Audi V8 Quattro
  Klaus Ludwig   Hans-Joachim Stuck   Mercedes-Benz
1992 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Klaus Ludwig
  Mercedes-Benz 190E Evo 2
  Kurt Thiim   Bernd Schneider   Mercedes-Benz
1993 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Nicola Larini
  Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti
  Roland Asch   Bernd Schneider   Alfa Romeo
1994 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Klaus Ludwig
  Mercedes-Benz C Class
  Jörg van Ommen   Nicola Larini   Mercedes-Benz
1995 Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft   Bernd Schneider
  Mercedes C-Class V6
  Jörg van Ommen   Klaus Ludwig   Mercedes-Benz
International Touring Car Series[4]   Bernd Schneider
  Mercedes C-Class V6
  Jan Magnussen   Dario Franchitti   Mercedes-Benz
1996 International Touring Car Championship   Manuel Reuter
  Opel Calibra V6 4x4
  Bernd Schneider   Alessandro Nannini   Opel
DTM / ITCC not held
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters See Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ 1995 ITC schedule and standings Retrieved from on 17 November 2009
  2. ^ 1995 DTM schedule and standings Retrieved from on 17 November 2009
  3. ^ Retrieved on 17 November 2009
  4. ^ FIA results for the 1995 International Touring Car Series Retrieved from on 16 November 2009