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Reviews Ravaglias BMW team has to bury DTM plans: "Will try again"

20:16  13 january  2022
20:16  13 january  2022 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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The Italian BMW Team Ceccato Racing of Legend Roberto Ravaglia needs to bury its DTM plans for 2022, but does not exclude commitment in the traditional series in the future . "We were very interested in entering the DTM with a car", revealed Ravaglia, who acts as a team manager at the northern Italian team, talking to 'Motorsport.com'.

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"BMW Italy gave us the opportunity to stay in Italy. In addition, we did not find enough sponsors to start in the DTM," he explains the reasons why you make the new M4 GT3 is now used in the Italian GT championship.

The chapter DTM is by no means ending for Ravaglia, because the 64-year-old Italian, who brought the DTM title in 1989 with the cult team Schnitzer, plannes in the long term with his former sporty home.

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Ravaglia: "Would really like to return to the DTM"

"in the previous year, we started in the DTM Trophy in order to look at what's going on in Germany," he explains that when using a BMW M4 GT4 in the DTM junior series already in mind the main series.

"Now I hope next year. We'll try it again. I personally would really like to return to Germany to my friends in the DTM, but everything must fit together, because the budget is pretty high."

According to his calculations, the DTM is more expensive than GT-WORLD-Challenge Europe (GTWCE). "In the GT-World Challenge you can split the budget to three drivers," he explains. "In the DTM, there is only one driver. And we talk about one million to 1.2 million euros. In the GT-World Challenge it is 700,000 to 800,000 euros," he refers to the annual budget for a vehicle.

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Now plan in addition to the use of a M4 GT3 in the Italian championship, which is to be delivered in February, also a start at the GTWCE counting 24-hour classic in Spa-Francorchamps . "We are looking for a budget for that," confirms Ravaglia.

The DTM would particularly stimulate the touring car legend. "I find the series very interesting and the races are good too," says Ravaglia, who keeps the change to the GT3 regulations for the right way. "And the interest in Italy is much greater than in recent years now," he falls up that the entry of the Ferrari team AF Corse has had a positive effect in his homeland last year.

Ravaglia: Two decades of experience as Motorsport Manager

Ravaglia, who held his helmet on the nail in 1997, has already had two decades of experience as a motorsport manager on the hump. The first touring car world champion of the story started in 2001 with Aldo Preo the Ravaglia team, which was later renamed in Roal-Team (Team name consists of initial letters of the first names of Ravaglia and Preo).

The team, especially in the WTCC and the missions with Alex Zanardi for attention, was sold in 2018 to Gianfranco Ceccato - former rally driver and one of the largest BMW dealers of Italy. However, Ravaglia has nothing to do with the sale of the street cars: "I just care about the motorsport area. That's enough work," he smiles.

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