Video: DTM 2004 Season Summary
Following up on my previous upload of the 2003 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters season summary here's the one for the 2004 season.
Major changes debuted during 2004 with the most noticeable one being the switch from 2-door coupes to 4-door sedans as the basis for the DTM's mega-fast silhouette racers. For Mercedes this meant a change to the C-class sedan from the iconic CLK and Opel went from the sportier Astra to the more mainstream Vectra. Power would still be from the mighty 4-liter V8s like before and a few CLKs would still make it on the grid as privateer teams were allowed to keep running them for one more season to save on costs.
Audi saw even bigger changes than just swapping the bubble-shaped TT for the classically teutonic A4 - now there would be an official works Audi team joining the fray instead of just privateers with some factory support.
The race schedule was also shaken up with a first ever DTM round in Asia. Although the race in Shanghai was just an exhibition event it was still a strong indicator of the DTM's ambition to have a wider reach.
Of course, new drivers would be joining the ranks with German F1-race winner Heinz-Harald Frentzen being the highest profile rookie.
One thing that didn't change was the frenetic racing at each round so please enjoy all the action!