Published on May 28th, 2015 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
AMG GT S to be the new DTM safety car
Some of you may remember a few months ago when we announced that Mercedes-Benz would be continuing their tradition of supplying safety and support cars to the Formula 1 race series, in the form of an estate and the critically-acclaimed AMG GT S. It seems that this is expanding to the world of DTM as well.
The new season of the German Touring Car Masters (DTM) got under way during the first weekend of May in Hockenheim. The second DTM race taking place at the EuroSpeedway Lausitz at the end of May will see the Mercedes-AMG GT S make its first appearance as the official Safety Car. As part of the DTM, the three manufacturers regularly switch their Safety Cars, meaning that the GT S will also be deployed at the fourth race in Zandvoort, Netherlands (10 to 12 July) and at the final race in Hockenheim (16 to 18 October).
At the wheel of the official Safety Car will be racing driver Jürgen Kastenholz (47). He takes to the track when dangerous situations, such as an accident, extreme weather conditions or other incidents make it necessary for the vehicle to be deployed. The objective is to achieve maximum safety for the drivers, spectators and track marshals. After receiving a radio message from the race organisers, the Safety Car takes up its position at the head of the DTM field and guides the cars around the track until the normal course of the race can be resumed once more.
So is anyone up to doing their AMG GT S in Formula 1 or DTM safety car livery? It’s certainly something we haven’t seen done before, apart from the occasional BMW 1M in safety car gear.