30th Nov 2017. While the established drivers will execute important tests for the development of the 2017 DTM vehicles from 29th November to 02nd December, the manufacturers also offer young talents the chance of demonstrating their skills at the wheel of a DTM racer and gather experiences at the same time. During the young driver tests held in Andalusia, the manufacturers take a close look at the performances of potential future DTM drivers. In the tests, the young guns are supported by the established drivers that also provide reference times.   

BMW offers – inter alia – two young Formula 3 drivers the opportunity to test for them: Joel Eriksson and Ricky Collard will get the chance of gathering extensive experiences at the wheel of the BMW M4 DTM. 18-year old Eriksson caused a stir in the past Formula 3 European Championship season. The Swede finished fifth in the championship, was the best rookie of the year and in addition, he won the prestigious Zandvoort Masters of Formula 3 in August. Meanwhile, 20-jährige Collard is member of the BMW Motorsport Junior Programme, raced a BMW M2351 at the Nürburgring Nordschleife within the frame of the Endurance Championship Nürburgring, VLN, and convinced by finishing second in the British Formula 3 Championship. Other than the Briton, Eriksson already has got a first taste of how it feels to drive a DTM car. In the past season, the Swede completed laps as DTM Race Taxi driver on several race weekends. In addition to the two Formula 3 drivers, John Edwards also will have the opportunity to drive the DTM BMW for the first time. The 25-year old US-American is BMW works driver and contested the 2016 IWSC in North America with a BMW M6 GTLM run by Team RLL. 

At the same time, Audi offers Nyck de Vries, Kelvin van der Linde, Dion von Moltke and Loïc Duval the chance of testing their DTM car. 21-year old Dutchman de Vries was two-time Kart World Champion (2010 and 2011), celebrated the overall win in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup three years later (2014) and contested the 2016 GP3 season as rookie to secure the fine sixth place. 20-year old South African van der Linde won the 2015 ADAC GT Masters together with René Rast – who is the reference driver at Jerez – and kept on racing in the series, since then. 26-year old US-American von Moltke successfully contested the North American 2016 IWSC season with an Audi R8 LMS. With the 44-year old Frenchman Duval, an extremely experienced racing driver completes the quartet. Duval has been racing in Formula E since 2014 and in addition he raced in the WEC since 2012 and won the title in 2013.

The drivers testing for Mercedes-AMG, however, are better known. On the one hand, former DTM driver Maro Engel (2008 to 2011) who has raced GT3 vehicles in several series, since then will cover some kilometres in Spain. Furthermore, 19-year old Maximilian Günther will get the chance of demonstrating his skills. The German contested his second F3 European championship season, this year, and finished second. Furthermore, Audi’s new signing, Edoardo Mortara, will get the opportunity to familiarise himself with his the vehicle of his new employer.

While all the drivers participating in the young driver tests will go out with 2016-spec cars, Jamie Green, Mattias Ekström (both Audi), Bruno Spengler, Augusto Farfus (both BMW) and Robert Wickens, Gary Paffett as well as Lucas Auer (all Mercedes-AMG) will test the new designs of their manufacturers.