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Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft (translated as German Racing Championship) or simply DRM as it was known as, was a touring cars and Sportscar racing series. It is regarded as a predecessor of the current DTM as Germany's top national series.

The DRM began in 1972 as a Group 2 touring car and Group 4 GT racing series for cars like (BMW 2002) and (BMW Coupé), in addition to the Rundstreckenmeisterschaft (German circuit racing saloon car championship). In these years, the same or similar cars were also entered in the European Touring Car Championship.

Races were run separately as big Division 1 (for 2 to 4 liter) and small Division 2 (under 2 liter) in a sprint format.

In 1977, Group 5 cars were admitted into the series, making the series better supported with Gr.5 cars than the World Championship of Makes they were intended for. These fast and spectacular turbocharged cars with wide fenders and wings had many fans. Especially the Porsche 935 outpowered F1 cars. During common testing sessions at Circuit Paul Ricardmarker, 935 passed them on the long Mistral straight.

In 1979, the Rennsport Trophäe (Racing Trophy) was introduced for the cheaper original series protagonists, the Group 2 and 4 cars.

In 1982, following the FIA rule changes, new Group C sportscars (along with existing Group 6) replaced the Group 5 machinery. By now only one division ran alongside the Rennsport Trophäe, now known as International Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft. This IDRM would have the swansong season the following year, replaced by Group A based Deutsche Tourenwagen Meisterschaft the following season.

In 1984, with just three races held, organisers used three WEC (World Endurance Championship) races as additional IDRM point races.

1985 was its final year, now called DSM (Deutsche Sportwagen Meisterschaft), with just one race was held at Norisringmarker, the rest of them held in conjunction with the popular Interserie. This meant CanAm entered from the latter series, as it had always had been, had to be counted for points

The series would be replaced by the Group C-only Supercup in 1986. At that time, the less expensive DTM had taken over as Germany's most important racing series.

Since 2005 the AvD the AvD organizes a "Revival Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft" race at his great "Oldtimer Grand Prix".

List of Championship winners

Year Driver Team Car
1972 Hans-Joachim Stuck Zakspeed Racing Ford Capri RS
1973 Dieter Glemser Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1974 Dieter Glemser Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1975 Hans Heyer Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1976 Hans Heyer Zakspeed Racing Ford Escort
1977 Rolf Stommelen Georg Loos Porsche 935
1978 Harald Ertl Schnitzer Motorsport BMW 320i Turbo
1979 Klaus Ludwig Kremer Racing Porsche 935 K3
1980 Hans Heyer Lancia Corse Lancia Beta Monte Carlo Turbo
1981 Klaus Ludwig Zakspeed Racing Ford Capri Turbo
1982 Bob Wollek Joest Racing Porsche 936
1983 Bob Wollek Joest Racing Porsche 956
1984 Stefan Bellof Brun Motorsport Porsche 956B
1985 Jochen Mass Joest Racing Porsche 956

External links

  • Full DRM results page
  • early DRM cars
  • Gr.5 DRM cars
  • Pictures from the "Revival Deutsche Rennsportmeisterschaft" at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix 2006

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