R-Motorsport has done the first laps in their brand new Aston Martin DTM car.
Paul Di Resta left the pits on Monday afternoon, to do a few laps on the Jerez circuit in the south of Spain.
There has been 90 days of development of the car – with the small asterisk, that the car is based on the Mercedes chassis, that R-Motorsport partner HWA built for the German brand. The two cars have some similarities, but have a significantly different front bumper, in the characteristic Aston Martin Vantage shape, that we know from places like Le Mans too.
There are other differences compared to the 2018 cars. A wider but more simple rear wing has been mounted on the cars, and then all cars will have to race with a 2 litre, 4 cylinder turbo engine.
The reason for the team going to Spain to do their first laps, is that all DTM teams will be testing for the next few days. Paul Di Resta will test for the first two days, before Jake Dennis gets Thursday and Ferdinand Habsburg will test on Friday.
The DTM season starts on 4-5 May at the Hockenheimring in Germany.