The R-Motorsport squad running Aston Martin’s DTM project have admitted that they are unsure whether they be ready for the start of the 2019 season.
The team has confirmed it’s driver line-up for the impending campaign – Paul di Resta, Jake Dennis, Ferdinand Habsburg and Dani Juncadella will be the pilots – but their car has yet to come to fruition.
"Going to DTM for 2019 was definitely a stretch," said R-Motorsport team principal Florian Kamelger. "If we are [ready], and that's still the question, [there is] a very, very tight plan to be at the grid at Hockenheim [for the season opener on the first weekend of May].
"If we are we will have built a DTM car in around 100 days, so that I think is a huge achievement by the technical department of HWA, our partner in Vynamic."
Kamelger added the introduction of Class One rules for 2019 meant it was a logical decision for the team to enter the series this year (rather than delay to 2020) to avoid giving existing manufacturers Audi and BMW a headstart.
"There were quite a lot of different pieces to put together to eventually end up being a competitor in 2019, [but] it made a lot of sense to do it because we had a team [HWA] which we knew is one of the most successful in DTM," he said.
"We did want to give them the opportunity to stay in the DTM. Discussions with [ITR chairman] Gerhard Berger led us to the fact that 2019 would be better than '20, not only for him but also for us.
"The next point is that we start the new regulation this year with Class One, which makes a lot of sense to go into that this year and not wait until the competitors gain a lot of experience out of the first year.”