RaceRoom DTM Season 2013 Hockenheimring

RaceRoom DTM Season 2013: A Modern Classic

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Accurate historic seasons are hard to portray in RaceRoom, but modern classics are certainly possible – like the RaceRoom DTM season 2013.

One of RaceRoom‘s big strengths is its roster of cars, including numerous historic vehicles. However, period-correct circuits to race the cars on are amiss – something we were wondering about a few months ago already. For instance, the entire 1992 DTM grid is in the sim, but four tracks of that year’s calendar are missing. And those that are still around look distinctly different today.

Recreating historic seasons is therefore hardly possible to a satisfactory degree for many racing history buffs. Granted, this is not the focus of RaceRoom, so expecting this to be possible might be a bit much to ask. However, it is possible to recreate modern classics with the RaceRoom DTM seasons available.

RaceRoom DTM Seasons: Plenty Of Choice

In addition to the 1992 grid, the sim features the 2013 to 2016 seasons, plus the 2020 and 2021 campaigns. Furthermore, the Mercedes DTM cars of 1995, 2003 and 2005 can also be raced. Although it may be a stretch to call the 2013 to 2016 seasons historic just yet, they can be considered modern classics. Many DTM fans still do not agree with the switch to GT3 cars from 2021 onwards.

Modern DTM cars before the switch were not really touring cars anymore, but still rather popular silhouette racers. For 2019 and 2020, the DTM/Class 1 regulations were unified with those of the Japanese Super GT series. However, by 2017, the grid had shrunk to just 18 cars. The GT3 switch saw it expand again, with as many as 28 cars taking to the grid in 2023.

The RaceRoom DTM seasons work well as a throwback since all the tracks are already there. And in the last 7 to 10 years, they have not really changed much. As a result, recreating those seasons in a believable way is perfectly possible.

As you would expect, DTM races at the Norisring are tight battles and very exciting.

DTM, But 10 Years Ago

As an example for this, we picked the oldest modern RaceRoom DTM season available. The DTM 2013 pack in the sim has 22 cars available. Three manufacturers in Audi, BMW and Mercedes battle it out for title glory. The real championship title went to Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller after ten races at nine circuits that year. DTM ventured to the Moscow Raceway for the first time in 2013. The other international rounds were held at Brands Hatch, the Red Bull Ring and Zandvoort.

Going back 10 years to relive the 2013 season is fairly easy in RaceRoom. Although there is no pre-defined championship, the highly adjustable rule settings allow players to do so in a heartbeat. Just select the DTM 2013 rule preset from the drop-down menu and you are good to go!

RaceRoom DTM Season 2013

Calendar

RoundTrackLaps
1Hockenheimring GP42
2Brands Hatch Indy98
3Red Bull Ring47
4Lausitzring52
5Norisring82
6Moscow Raceway74
7Nürburgring Sprint45
8Oschersleben51
9Zandvoort44
10Hockenheimring GP41

Drivers

Audi

  • #5 – Edoardo Mortara
  • #6 – Filipe Albuquerque
  • #11 – Mattias Ekström
  • #12 – Jamie Green
  • #19 – Mike Rockenfeller
  • #20 – Miguel Molina
  • #23 – Timo Scheider
  • #24 – Adrien Tambay

BMW

  • #1 – Bruno Spengler
  • #2 – Dirk Werner
  • #7 – Augusto Farfus
  • #8 – Joey Hand
  • #15 – Martin Tomczyk
  • #16 – Andy Priaulx
  • #21 – Marco Wittmann
  • #22 – Timo Glock

Mercedes

  • #3 – Gary Paffett
  • #4 – Robert Merhi
  • #9 – Christian Vietoris
  • #10 – Robert Wickens
  • #17 – Daniel Juncadella
  • #18 – Pascal Wehrlein

When selecting your opponents, make sure to leave out the car you intend to drive yourself. To have the full grid, 21 opponents need to be set.

Of course, this is a singleplayer championship, so you may be asking about how well the AI actually races. The good news: They are very capable! In the races we tried, they were not afraid of trading paint, much in the spirit of the series – but they did not overdo it. Instead, we had some very enjoyable battles. The AI even moved to the inside to defend when trying to set up a pass and, in turn, took advantage of any gap we may have left.

The RaceRoom AI works well in the 2013 DTM cars.

RaceRoom DTM Season 2013: What To Buy

Assuming you do not own any additional content, the cheapest way to recreate the 2013 DTM season in RaceRoom is to buy the 2013 DTM pack in combination with the European Track Pack. The former will set you back €3,98, the latter costs €29,93 at the time of writing. Buying the tracks separately would cost €32,82, so this combination is your best bet.

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What seasons are your favorite to recreate? Let us know on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!

Lifelong motorsport enthusiast and sim racing aficionado, walking racing history encyclopedia. I have been working in sim racing since 2021 after previously working with pro and amateur sports teams and athletes for a daily newspaper in Wolfsburg. Nothing gets me more excited than motor racing, especially with the beastly machines of the past. A third pedal and h-shifter are not just options for a rig, they are mandatory to me. Avid fan of the IndyCar series (modern and CART/pre-split).