Although several championships have been racing for some time now, this weekend marks the beginning of the 2014 DTM season.
The German touring car category – now 30 years since its first start and so international in flavour – gets under way, as always, at the historic Hockenheimring.
Audi pilot Mike Rockenfeller will be keen to defend his crown, but with rivals Augusto Farfus, Gary Paffett and Christian Vietoris amongst others snapping at ‘Rocky’s’ heels, the 30-year-old will have a battle on his hands.
And that’s before one considers the return of former champion Paul di Resta as well as young up-and-comers Dani Juncadella and Antonio Felix da Costa.
‘Rocky’ mastered consistency last year, as he took eight top-five finishes from ten races. Interestingly the two events where he missed out badly were both at the… Hockenheimring.