Since the 2020 regulation change, the DTM has regained a great deal of its appeal. How difficult was this journey?
The journey is always difficult, especially if you have big goals in mind and are determined to reach them. It is a fun journey too though, even if it’s a bit bumpy here and there. The DTM has developed superbly. We have around 30 cars from six different manufacturers on the grid as well as the best racing drivers from 15 nations. DTM has tough battles and loads of wheel-to-wheel contests – just great motorsport, which is what the fans also expect from us.
The DTM is known for how close it is to the fans. What can fans look forward to when the DTM visits the Red Bull Ring from 23 to 25 September?
We have really tried to put the fans first. The weekend at Spielberg is an event for the whole family. There is so much to experience – for young and old, men and women. Of course, the main event is the DTM, but we also offer more exciting racing with the DTM Trophy, our junior series and the DTM Classic. That allows fans to enjoy classic motorsport with fascinating vehicles. Of course, the rest of the side programme also speaks for itself.
What are the chances for fans of Gerhard Berger to meet their idol in person at the DTM weekend in Spielberg?
Our philosophy is that anyone can meet anyone. The fans can chat with any driver and shake their hand – including me, of course [laughs].
What would you like to see in the last races of the season at Spa-Francorchamps, Spielberg and Hockenheim?
This year has been more exciting than ever. We’ve seen different winners and I hope it stays that way until the end of the season. The fans should be able to feel the excitement in race after race and see a delighted winner at the end.