Following the sale of the DTM from Gerhard Berger’s ITR operation to the ADAC, it was announced in December that the Red Bull AF Corse team would not continue in the championship this season.
That seemed to cast doubt on Ferrari’s involvement, as no other squad used the Italian marque’s products in the 2022 season.
But with the old 488 GT3 now replacing the ORECA-built 296, AF Corse has been replaced by the Swiss squad of Emil Frey who announced his switch from Lamborghini to Ferrari last month.
The squad won the teams’ title in the ADAC GT Masters last season, and won the GT World Challenge Europe Standings Cup race with Lexus at Paul Ricard in 2018.
Drivers and the number of cars it will enter are expected to be announced at a later stage.
Ferrari is one of six brands that will be represented in DTM 2023, the same as in 2022, and the series announced 13 teams on Wednesday.
Former Porsche SSR Performance squad will switch allegiance to Lamborghini this year, joining the returning Grasser Racing squad, but Porsche has added two more teams to its roster alongside Team Bernhard with Manthey EMA and Toksport WRT entering the series .
The same six manufacturers will be represented this year as in 2022, although the team line-up will change slightly
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Toksport made a one-off DTM trip with Mercedes at the Nurburgring in 2021 with Luca Stolz, who finished second on the track before being hit with a post-race penalty.
Emil Frey’s Landgraf Mercedes team continues as it makes the transition from GT Masters, having delivered the drivers’ title to Raffaele Marciello in 2022. He joins the returning Mercedes HRT and Winward squads.
Abt will remain with Audi, despite announcing a deal to run Lamborghinis in the Nurburgring 24 Hours, while the renowned TCR Engstler Motorsport squad has also entered the Audi pit.
“With a large number of top newcomers, internationally renowned top teams, super sports cars from all premium manufacturers and top drivers, all fans can look forward to an exciting season,” said ADAC Sports President Dr. Gerd Ennser.
“The high level of interest in the DTM shows that our ideas and plans for the series have met with a positive response.”
Team Rosberg, the three-time title winner, announced his withdrawal from the series on Tuesday, while his fellow Audi Attempto Racing team also did not return.
Walkenhorst Motorsport was not expected to return after being left out of BMW’s announcement that it was backing defending DTM champion Schubert Motorsport and series newcomer Project1, while the Mercedes GruppeM squad was vocal in its frustration with damage costs ” unpredictability” of the DTM as a venue. prioritizes the Intercontinental OT Challenge.
Muke Motorsport also leaves after two years running Mercedes with steering-by-wire technology.