Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft

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Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft
Category Sportscar & touring car racing
Country West Germany
Inaugural season 1972
Folded 1985

Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (translated as German Racing Championship) or simply DRM as it was known, was a touring car and Sportscar racing series. It is regarded as a predecessor of the current DTM as Germany's top national series.

History[edit]

The DRM began in 1972 as a Group 2 touring car and Group 4 GT racing series for cars like (BMW 2002) and (BMW Coupé), in addition to the Rundstreckenmeisterschaft (German circuit racing saloon car championship). In these years, the same or similar cars were also entered in the European Touring Car Championship.

Races were run separately as big Division 1 (for 2 to 4 liter) and small Division 2 (under 2 liter) in a sprint format.

In 1977, Group 5 cars were admitted into the series, making the series better supported with Gr.5 cars than the World Championship of Makes they were intended for. These fast and spectacular turbocharged cars with wide fenders and wings had many fans. Especially the Porsche 935 outpowered F1 cars. During common testing sessions at Circuit Paul Ricard, 935 passed them on the long Mistral straight.

Klaus Ludwig's 1981 Group 5 Zakspeed Ford Capri at the Auto & Technik Museum in Sinsheim, Germany

In 1979, the Rennsport Trophäe (Racing Trophy) was introduced for the cheaper original series protagonists, the Group 2 and 4 cars. It consisted of combined races with the DRM until 1981.

In 1982, following the FIA rule changes, new Group C sportscars (along with existing Group 6) replaced the Group 5 machinery at the renamed International Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft. Meanwhile, the Rennsport Trophäe held separate races and events in 1982 and 1983, except for the 1982 ADAC Eifelrennen at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

In 1984, with just three races held, organisers used three WEC (World Endurance Championship) races as additional IDRM point races. Also, the Rennsport Trophäe was replaced by the Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft, run with Group A cars.

1985 was the final year of the now called DSM (Deutsche Sportwagen Meisterschaft), with just one race was held at Norisring, the rest of them held in conjunction with the popular Interserie. This meant CanAm entered from the latter series, as it had always had been, had to be counted for points

The series would be replaced by the Group C-only Supercup in 1986. At that time, the less expensive DTM had taken over as Germany's most important racing series.

Since 2005 the AvD the AvD organizes a "Revival Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft" race at his great "Oldtimer Grand Prix".

Champions[edit]

Season Champion Team Car
1972 Germany Hans-Joachim Stuck Germany Zakspeed Racing Ford Capri RS
1973 Germany Dieter Glemser Germany Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1974 Germany Dieter Glemser Germany Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1975 Germany Hans Heyer Germany Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1976 Germany Hans Heyer Germany Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1977 Germany Rolf Stommelen Germany Georg Loos Porsche 935
1978 Austria Harald Ertl Germany Schnitzer Motorsport BMW 320i Turbo
1979 Germany Klaus Ludwig Germany Kremer Racing Porsche 935 K3
1980 Germany Hans Heyer Italy Lancia Corse Lancia Beta Monte Carlo Turbo
1981 Germany Klaus Ludwig Germany Zakspeed Racing Ford Capri Turbo
1982 France Bob Wollek Germany Joest Racing Porsche 936
1983 France Bob Wollek Germany Joest Racing Porsche 956
1984 Germany Stefan Bellof Switzerland Brun Motorsport Porsche 956B
1985 Germany Jochen Mass Germany Joest Racing Porsche 956

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