SAT.1 will again call on the services of DTM experts, Scheider and Tomczyk, in 2019
The DTM will start its new season on the weekend of May 4th/5th. All of the season’s 18 races can be watched live on SAT.1 and will also be available as livestream at ran.de. The ‘ran racing’ team will be ready again this season with an experienced crew who are excellent at what they do.
SAT.1 will commence the new DTM season with an experienced, extremely competent team of staff. The two former champions, Timo Scheider and Martin Tomczyk, will act as pundits once again in 2019 during live broadcasts of the touring car races, giving viewers the benefit of their DTM expertise. They will join the ‘ran racing’ team with its two presenters, Andrea Kaiser (37) and Matthias Killing (39), plus commentator Edgar Mielke (56).
“I’m really looking forward to being part of the ‘ran’ crew again as an expert. I really enjoyed myself in 2018 and think 2019 will be even better,” said Scheider. He does not want to make any predictions about the title winner at this early stage but has closely followed the test drives held so far: “From testing, it would appear that Audi are very strong, but of course, we’ll have to wait and see if that’s actually the case.”
40-year-old Scheider knows everything there is to know about the DTM. He contested 181 races for Opel and Audi between 2000 and 2016, taking seven wins and the title in 2008 and 2009. He has driven for BMW since 2017.
37-year-old Tomczyk came aboard last season when Scheider was in action at the GT Masters and impressed right away. He was even nominated for the German Sports Journalist Award in the ‘Newcomer’ category. Like Scheider, Tomczyk is very much at home in the DTM paddock. He ended his DTM career in 2016 after 16 years and 177 races for Audi and BMW, taking the title in 2011. He has successfully competed for BMW in GT racing since then.
Start of a new era in the DTM
“I am very pleased to be back with ‘ran racing’ this year,” said Tomczyk. He is eagerly anticipating the many innovations to be introduced in the DTM: “The DTM has the potential to become more exciting than ever in 2019. New regs, new engines, new aerodynamics and Aston Martin as the new third manufacturer all hold the promise of an exciting season.”
“Timo Scheider is eloquent, analytically minded and opinionated, just brilliant on TV, and Martin Tomczyk also hit the mark right away. I’m proud that we were able to convince them both to join us again at ‘ran racing’ despite their very busy schedules,” said ‘ran’ sports chief Alexander Rösner. He too is looking forward to the new DTM season: “This year’s DTM marks the beginning of a new era, and I’m especially looking forward to seeing Aston Martin take part as the latest manufacturer to join the series. With more powerful turbocharged engines, it should be possible for cars to reach 300 km/h, so races should be even better.”
The new DTM season will start on 4th May at the Hockenheimring as is by now the tradition. Start times for races will remain the same throughout the 2019 season, and it is important to have this consistent approach. Race broadcasts on SAT.1 and at ran.de begin at 1 pm while races get under way at 1.30 pm. Brands Hatch will be an exception, as racing there will start an hour later because of the time difference.
There will also be two qualifying sessions (one on Saturday and another on Sunday) and practice (two sessions on Friday) which can be watched live at ran.de and on Facebook.
A total of 18 races will be held on Saturdays and Sundays spread over nine weekends during the 2019 DTM season.