Racing One boss Martin Kohlhaas has revealed that he’s in discussions with each Aston and Ferrari about placing collectively a programme for the beginning of the DTM’s GT3 period.
The crew already possesses a pair of Ferrari 488 GTE Evos, with which it plans to contest this 12 months’s Nurburgring Endurance Sequence (NLS) and 24H Sequence, however would wish to accumulate a Vantage at the price of round 500,000 euros ought to it be a part of forces with Aston.
Ought to the transfer occur, it might put Aston again on the DTM grid following the collapse of the R-Motorsport Vantage DTM venture after the conclusion of the 2019 season.
The British producer ould additionally change into the sixth totally different marque on the 2021 grid after Audi, BMW, Mercedes, McLaren and Ferrari, which is already assured a presence within the collection this 12 months by means of AF Corse’s Pink Bull-backed two-car programme.
“Aston Martin would possibly help a bit extra as a result of they do not have a really sturdy presence in Germany,” Kohlhaas informed Motorsport.com. “They’d even present us with superb drivers with budgets, not like Ferrari. However finalising the DTM subject is extremely tough.
“We aren’t an Aston crew. And above all, we’d then should accompany our different collection with Aston Martin. It is tough to get that puzzle along with one other producer. The probabilities between Ferrari and Aston Martin are at the moment 50:50.”
Kohlhaas added that Racing One may use a possible programme within the GT4-based DTM Trophy collection utilizing Astons as a manner to assist fund a DTM venture, however mentioned any DTM Trophy programme is contingent on a presence in the principle collection.
The crew is already dedicated to operating 4 Audi R8 LMS GT4s throughout the GT4 European Sequence and ADAC GT4 Germany, which respectively help the GT World Problem Europe and ADAC GT Masters championships for GT3s.
#16 Hella Pagid – racing one Ferrari 488 GT3: Christian Kohlhaas, Nikolaj Rogivue, Stephan Köhler
Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz
“The selection is between DTM and GT World Problem Europe,” added Kohlhaas, including that racing within the DTM could also be not possible with out the required finances.
He dominated out the crew’s present main sponsor, German brake producer Hella Pagid, being the principle backer of a potential DTM entry.
Kohlhaas mentioned that the truth that the GT World Problem Europe season begins in April will pressure his crew to achieve a speedy determination on its DTM plans, despite the fact that the latter marketing campaign is not set to start till June following the cancellation of the St. Petersburg opener.
“If I haven’t got a completed programme up and operating by the tip of February, then I will should look onerous at fielding the Ferraris elsewhere,” he clarified. “So I’ve to decide to that within the first weeks of March.”