Dtm Imola, the secrets to winning: from air conditioning to the set-up of GT3 cars

In the press conference that anticipates the Italian round of the Dtm 2022 championship, the most anticipated drivers reveal their strategies and objectives

Giulio Masperi

– Milan

The GT3 class cars that participate in the Dtm championship that stops in Imola on the weekend of 19 June 2022 are racing beasts, but they are equipped with air conditioning. They resemble the road supercars of the most famous brands, but are within the “reach” of only the most experienced drivers. On the eve of the third round of the year, staged at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Autodrome, the most anticipated drivers reveal some secrets to do well on the iconic tricolor track, where over the weekend the mercury column will rise well above 30 ° Celsius transforming the cockpits in “incandescent” spaces.


“We have an air conditioner, but I’m 100% sure I won’t use it,” he says Sheldon Van Der Linde, the 23 year old South African leader of the championship with his BMW M4. Considering that turning the air conditioning lever to “on” mode obviously means losing a few horsepower, the other contenders are of the same opinion. “He’s going to be very hot, but it’s part of our job,” he said Mirko Bortolotti, 32-year-old Lamborghini Squadra Corse official driver, second in his class (with 15 points) in his Huracán. “The two races are short, we are talking about an hour each, so we will give it our all and it will feel as hot as in Brazilian stock car races,” he added. Felipe Fraga, 26-year-old born in the green-gold country, who drives a Ferrari 488. “In the car there is still good ventilation, as long as you turn on the track. For temperatures the hardest moment is the pit stop (mandatory in the Dtm, Ed) when all the heat from the engine is perceived and how “he specified Timo Glock40-year-old German, with a past in Formula 1, who returns to the Dtm with a BMW M4 of the Italian team Ceccato Racing headed by Roberto Ravaglia, who won the German series in 1989.


After the two appointments at the beginning of the season, the Dtm makes a stop in Italy for the only race in the Italian territory. For the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters this is an absolute debut on the track in Emilia-Romagna. “We race on a legendary track, very fun, which I like a lot and that many other colleagues I imagine are familiar with – he said. Mirko Bortolotti -. There are slow corners and others very fast, it is not easy to fine tune the cars or to better understand the lines, these are some determining factors ”. In Imola he returns to the wheel of a super sports car derived from the series René Rast, 35 year old German, fresh from retirement at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2022 with an Lmp2 prototype: “In Imola it is difficult to overtake in general and you have to pay close attention to what happens in front of you every corner. Compared to an endurance race, where you can manage, in the Dtm you have to give everything every lap “. The Brazilian is back on track with his Ferrari 488 (AF Corse) in Red Bull livery Felipe Fraga, who in the last round at the Lausitzring, in Germany, was forced to leave the car during qualifying-2 due to a fire. “An episode without consequences, certainly not nice to live at that moment, but now looking at Imola on the home track, in front of many Italian fans, I want to fight for the podium at least because I want to go back to the top of the standings”.


Among the riders who are part of the DTM for the Imola round there is Timo Glock, a past also in F1 (between 2004 and 2012 with Jordan, Toyota, Virgin and Marussia), already in the German series in 2013-15, always with Bmw. What are his goals? “To finish on the podium would be a dream, to finish in the Top 10 a great result, and to finish in the Top 15 a more realistic goal” said the German who has as team principal Roberto Rovaglia, the Venetian born in 1957 who in 1989 won the title with a BMW M3. “Ravaglia is the boss and also a special person-adds Glock-: he no longer competes, but he is always in the garage running around and tries to help everyone to give their best. A legend of the Dtm “. Timo Glock rode in Misano Adriatico for two days to get familiar with the BMW M4 and with the Michelin tires, which are used in the Dtm (while in the Italian GT Sprint championship, in which he participates with the same car, the Pirellis are used) , before reaching Imola.

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