The prospect of an Aston Martin entry into DTM has taken a major step forward with the news that Mercedes specialist HWA has set up a joint venture with the parent company of Blancpain GT squad R-Motorsport.
R-Motorsport are reportedly weighing up an Aston Martin entry into the DTM in 2020. The project would have backing from Red Bull and the cars will be built by HWA.
Now AF Racing, the umbrella organisation of Swiss team R-Motorsport, has set up a new enterprise with HWA, with both as equal partners.
R-Motorsport joined the Blancpain GT Endurance Cup this season with a team of Aston Martin GT3 cars.
Although the statement from R-Motorsport made no mention of a future DTM project, it said: “The aim of the joint venture is to establish a strategic innovation partnership for development projects in auto racing and in the automotive sector in general. AF Racing AG and HWA AG intend to pool their respective strengths in this new company.”
AF co-owner Andreas Baenziger said: “HWA has been extremely successful in the DTM and in GT racing for several decades now. This is the ideal basis for our new joint venture to become a successful technology enterprise.”
HWA CEO Ulrich Fritz added: “The market environment in which HWA operates – international motorsport in particular – is currently experiencing rapid development.
“AF Racing is a company that is young and highly dynamic in equal measure; it is constantly looking for new directions and opportunities.
“Combined with the many years of experience acquired by HWA in international motorsport, this offers great potential which we want to tap into with the establishment of our joint venture enterprise.”
DTM will be in need of further team entries after Mercedes confirmed that they will be leaving the series at the end of this season to focus on Formula E.