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Patience key in debut DTM season for R-Motorsport

R-Motorsport continue their marathon preparations for their debut season in the DTM, heralding the Aston Martin colours. Team principal Dr. Florian Kamelger thinks the progress is encouraging, but their focus is on long term progress.

The team, together with HWA, started the construction of the Vantage DTM last October, taking it to the track at Jerez and Estoril last month after just 100 days of development.

Yesterday, Daniel Juncadella managed to complete 117 laps at the Lausitzring, less than six-tenths off Audi Sport driver Loïc Duval’s fastest time.

“We are definitely in a process, but you cannot work for 100 days, stop, and ‘be there’,” said Kamelger. “We will definitely see at Hockenheim where we are.”

“We have the patience for the season and the team has also has to be patient. It’s not about the first race, it’s about the whole season, and I think we have the right ingredients in our team, with HWA in the technical department, and the joint venture Vynamic.”

“For us, it took us a lot of effort to have the cars ready. The team has done a fantastic job over the winter.”

The Aston Martin team will start their DTM adventure with two experienced drivers, Paul di Resta and Daniel Juncadella, and two series rookies, Jake Dennis and Ferdinand Habsburg. Kamelger believes the combination is right to maximise the team’s progress.

“We have a great mix, with Paul as an experienced driver and already a champion. Daniel Juncadella has also great experience in developing a car. We have seen before new drivers set in quite well with new regulations so I think both, young and experienced, can really give a lot of power to the development,” said Kamelger.