Following in the footsteps of his successful father: Nicki Thiim, two-time FIA World Endurance Champion and son of former DTM champion Kurt Thiim, will race in the DTM for the first time.
The 32-year-old Dane will take part in all 16 sprint races of the long-running series in a Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO run by Dresden’s T3 Motorsport team.
“DTM! What shall I say? The biggest dream of my career is coming true,” says Nicki Thiim. “I grew up with the DTM. At breakfast, lunch and dinner there was always DTM on TV and my dad was my hero, of course. His father Kurt, who won the title in his Rover Vitesse in 1986 and was part of the Mercedes driver line-up from 1988 to 1996, ranks among the most successful DTM drivers in history. In 211 DTM races, the 63-year-old has won 19 wins and 16 pole positions. Just last season, Kurt Thiim, driving an ex-Mercedes DTM, staged some entertaining duels in the DTM Classic with his eternal rival Klaus Ludwig.
“In fact, it was always clear that the DTM was my DNA and it was always about racing there. And now, having succeeded with T3 Motorsport after 20 years, the occasional detours and a few title wins , it’s absolutely something special. I’m happy to be able to race there as the first son of a DTM champion.
After titles won in the Seat (2008) and Porsche (2013) single-brand series, his overall victory at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring (2013) and his class victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2014), the native of Sønderborg became a works driver for Aston Martin in the GTE-Pro category of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), in which he won the world championship title in 2016 and the 2019-2020 double season. The British manufacturer has granted clearance to Thiim for its DTM program with T3 Motorsport. “The new season teams and drivers say it all. I think this is the strongest DTM field for over ten years,” says Nicki Thiim, who will race with the starting number 95 at T3 Motorsport alongside her British teammate Esmee Hawkey. “The team is a great crew and I’m looking forward to the season.” Last weekend, Nicki Thiim got her 2022 season off to a good start with victory for Aston Martin in the WEC season opener at Sebring in Florida.
Likewise, T3 team principal Jens Feucht is delighted to be working with the successful GT driver: “The fact that Nicki Thiim, as a double world champion, places her trust in us is a real honor for us. . He’s very motivated, he’s a particularly likeable driver, he has clear ambitions and is keen to be in contention at the front of the peloton, just like us. The signing of Nicki Thiim is the next big step in our team’s still brief history.
“What an incredible story! His father Kurt Thiim is a champion and one of the most successful DTM drivers of all time, and now his son Nicki Thiim is coming to DTM as a double world champion. Exceptional! Frederic Elsner, Event & Operations Director of the DTM ITR organization, is impressed with the surprising new entry. “Our DTM 2022 line-up is dotted with great teams and exceptional drivers. Nicki Thiim is the icing on the cake, so to speak. The best conditions for a spectacular season!