Aston Martin’s 2019 DTM challenger has made its on-track debut at the Jerez circuit ahead of pre-season testing.
As R-Motorsport are set to embark on their first season of racing in DTM, the noise coming from the team had fans worried on whether they would be ready in time as they had such little time to build the car.
This seemed more likely to be the case when Aston Martin and R-Motorsport were not able to reveal the car during their launch event which took place at the teams base in Switzerland last month.
They instead showed off a ‘art car’ that showed the rough shape and design elements of the car.
R-Motorsport has now also completed their driver line-up for their 2019 campaign by adding Daniel Juncadella who will drive alongside 2010 DTM Champion Paul di Resta, Ferdinand Habsburg and Jake Dennis.
The new R-Motorsport DTM car was unvield earlier this week when Paul di Resta took the car out for six laps during its shakedown run at the infamous Jerez circuit on Monday.
After the shakedown, Di Resta spoke highly of DTM’s newest challenger:
“The car felt good right from the start,” said the Scotsman.
“The team has done an incredibly good job of bringing such a beautiful and highly driveable racing car onto the track in such a short time.”
Di Resta added: “Right from the roll-out, everything was working perfectly, and I immediately had a good feeling in the car. I’m now looking forward to the first test session tomorrow.”
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After the doubts on whether the British manufacturer would make it to the season opener at Hockenheim. Their team boss Florian Kamelger was very happy for them to be able to make the Jerez test.
“The technical team has done a terrific job,” said Kamelger.
“Getting the Aston Martin Vantage DTM car track ready in well under 100 days has to be a DTM record.”
“The car is an absolute stunner to look at, and the first impressions registered by Paul are promising.”
“Although we still have a lot of work ahead of us before the season opener at Hockenheim, we can feel confident that we’ve got the basics of the car right.
DTM’s pre-season testing will continue at Jerez until Friday.