Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft

Four Flights Up - 1989 index

The championship was still growing, and attracted yet more teams which had to leave the ETCC: Schnitzer (BMW) and Eggenberger (Ford). The crowd grew as fast as the field, and with the increasing professionalism the privateer teams were left standing; Faltz-Valier, with Grohs always a championship contender never got anywhere near the front, just like the Marko RSM team, which were bitterly disappointed when they were refused to use their self-built Evo car, the new Mercedes weapon - the only new car this year. Tires became more important than ever, Michelin losing the Snobeck contract, Yokohama still handicapped in the rain while Pirelli struggled with Ford’s heavyweight Sierra. For the first time, there was a big accident - Hahne had to miss most of the season after a frightening collision with Ludwig. Opel got some encouraging results but had nothing to do with race wins, just like some older BMWs and the Mustang of Ruch. Championship contenders were Niedzwiedz (Eggenberger Sierra), Giroix and Ravaglia (Schnitzer M3), Soper (Zakspeed M3) and until midseason Thiim (AMG Mercedes) and Reuter (MS-Jet Mercedes). Ravaglia secured his fourth consecutive title in the last race, where Ford left the DTM for good with two victories for the ballasted Sierra; the battle about weight and restrictors had taken its toll from the Cologne team, especially since turbos would be banned from 1991 anyway.
Still, a relatively clear and clean season, which was spiced up by a single-lap qualifying shootout for the first 16 cars and a qualification race for place 17 onwards. The season was ended at Bologna, where a stadium-like shootut was organised.

The races:

Bergischer Löwe
     Mainz-Finthen    Avus 
Nürburgring Norisring Hockenheim

Diepholz Nürburgring
Hockenheim Bologna

The cars

Final classification

DTM index