Manthey makes its DTM comeback with two new GT3 Porsches. KÜS Team Bernhard and Toksport WRT also present drivers for the 2023 season.
“Porsche sensation? Manthey Racing considers entry “, we have already exclusively headlined on October 10, 2022, one day after the season finale at Hockenheim. 135 days later, the coup was indeed perfect, with Manthey one of the teams most popular with German motorsport fans joining the DTM. This greatly increases their potential, do live betting on the next races and get proof of their strengthening.
The name ‘Manthey’ returns to the traditional racing series after more than 20 years – and has two current-generation Porsche 911 GT3 R cars in its luggage. This Friday morning, the racing team from Meuspath at the Nürburgring also announced the two drivers who will lead the 911s into the field in the 2023 DTM season
Manthey: DTM comeback with Preining and Olsen
The long-standing works team chose Porsche works driver Thomas Preining and Porsche contract driver Dennis Olsen. Both look back on their experience in the DTM and have already competed for Manthey in other categories.
In the 2022 season, Preining brought home the first DTM victory for the sports car manufacturer from Zuffenhausen in the Porsche 911 of KÜS Team Bernhard at the Norisring and followed this up with another triumph at the home race at the Red Bull Ring. His new teammate Olsen – who last year raced for today’s Lamborghini team SSR Performance – was successful at Spa-Francorchamps.
Fans hope for Grello-Porsche in the DTM
In the DTM, the traditional racing team from the Eifel region is entered under the name ‘Manthey EMA’, which goes back to a partnership with the Australian GT team EMA Motorsport. At the beginning of February, Manthey EMA already contested the famous 12-hour race at Bathurst and, among other things, only narrowly missed out on overall victory with Preining at the wheel. The Austrian already drove an NLS race on the Nordschleife last year in a Manthey Porsche and, like Olsen, is about to start his second DTM season.
Olaf Manthey happy about DTM’s return
“GT3 cars have been eligible to compete in the DTM for two years now and the grid promises exciting races. I am very pleased that with Manthey EMA our name is returning to the DTM,” explains Olaf Manthey, the founder, and namesake of the company. In 2001 and 2002, Olaf Manthey’s team fielded two AMG-Mercedes CLK-DTM cars with drivers Patrick Huisman, Bernd Mayländer, and occasionally Marcel Tiemann in the touring car series.