Following a successful debut season, Heide-Motorsport is continuing its involvement in the DTM Trophy. Like in the previous year, the racing team from Witten in the south-eastern Ruhr region is running three Audi R8 LMSs in the talent pool on the DTM platform. South African Mikaeel Pitamber has already been confirmed as the first driver. The calendar of the DTM Trophy, run with production-based GT sports cars, includes 14 sprint races. The season is starting at DEKRA Lausitzring Turn 1 from 20 till 22 May.
“For us as a team, DTM Trophy is the most attractive championship for production-based sports cars. Therefore, we are happy to be racing in this series again. Having already scored our first pair of race wins and acquired a lot of valuable experience in our first year in DTM Trophy, we continue to build on the cooperation with Audi Sport,” team principal Michael Heide says. He is delighted to have “a young and talented driver on board” in Mikaeel Pitamber.
Mikaeel Pitamber, who already got his first experience in karting at the age of three and won the first regional championship titles as a seven-year-old, is about to embark on his maiden season in European motorsport. However, the South African is already bringing in some previous experience with the Audi R8 LMS. Most recently, he raced such a sports car from the brand with the four rings in the Intercontinental GT Challenge finale at his home track of Kyalami near Johannesburg at the beginning of February. “For me, competing in DTM Trophy is a dream coming true,” Mikaeel Pitamber says. “After getting back in a race car following a break due to injury in 2020 and having competed in my first GT3 and GT4 races at home in South Africa in the past season, I can hardly wait to be racing on the DTM support package. I am working hard for it every day.”
“Heide-Motorsport has established itself very well in DTM Trophy right away. Two victories in the first year and once again three Audis for the new season underlined the ambitions and the huge commitment by Michael Heide’s team,” says Martin Tomczyk, series’ manager at the DTM organisation ITR. “With Kelvin and Sheldon van der Linde, we have two strong South African drivers in DTM. We are all the more pleased that Mikaeel Pitamber as the first young driver from South Africa is now getting into DTM Trophy as our talent pool.”
Source. DTM/Photo. Heide-Motorsport