Gerhard Berger is the new boss for ITR e.V., which is the organisation behind DTM.
57 year-old Berger takes over from Hans Werner Aufrecht, who has been in the position for more than 30 years.
Gerhard Berger started his racing career in Austria in touring car racing, before he slowly made his way all the way up to Formula 1, where he participated in 210 races from 1984 to 1997. After that he joined BMW as their Motorsport Director, before becoming a part-owner of Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2006 for two years.
From 2012 until 2014 he was the leader of FIA’s single-seater commission, who was handling the single-seater series all over the world.
There have been rumours for quite some time about the change at the top of ITR, but it wasn’t until now that it was confirmed.
Hans Werner Aufrecht has a big connection to Mercedes. He is co-founder of AMG back in 1967, that he was managing until 1999, where he sold the company to the Daimler-Chrysler organisation. Later that year he started the HWA team, which still is one of the DTM teams for Mercedes-AMG and doing a lot of GT3 programmes all around the world for the star-brand.
Just like Aufrecht, Hans-Jürgen Abt and Walter Mertes also leave the board of ITR.
The board now consists of Gerhard Berger as Chairman, Florian Zitzlsperger as Deputy Chairman, and Dieter Gass, Toto Wolff, and Jens Marquardt as board members from Audi Sport, Mercedes-AMG, and BMW respectively.