aston martin a step closer to joining dtm in 2020

16:00    04 Sep 2018

Aston Martin’s plans to enter the DTM racing series have taken a step forward after it was revealed that Mercedes specialist HWA has set up a joint venture with the parent company of Blancpain GT squad R-Motorsport.

R-Motorsport are seriously considering an Aston Martin entry into the German touring car series. They will have sponsorship from Red Bull and the cars will be built by HWA, who will presumably switch to building Astons after Mercedes withdraws from DTM.

AF Racing, who oversee R-Motorsport, has set up a new enterprise with HWA, with both as equal partners.

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.”

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