The new stars complicating the DTM title fight

The new stars complicating the DTM title fight

It might be too early in the DTM season for Audi and BMW to be employing team orders, but it's already hard to look past a set of standout performers from both manufacturers - each with their own strengths - as potential champions

This year the DTM title fight has taken on a whole new complexion. With 2018 champions Mercedes and Gary Paffett switching to Formula E (via HWA) and Merc's other contender Paul di Resta moving to the new R-Motorsport Aston Martin project, '19 was always going to be wide open.

But last year's fight was not exclusively between the Mercedes duo. To suggest that would ignore Rene Rast's mind-blowing run during which he turned the weaker Audi RS5 package into an out-and-out threat to the leading title contenders, winning six successive races to take the championship fight down to the final race and heap the pressure on Paffett.

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