A new up-and-coming talent has made it to DTM: Lucas Auer. In the 2015 season, the Austrian will race a Mercedes-AMG C63 DTM for Team ART Grand Prix. Auer is the nephew of former Formula 1 ace Gerhard Berger who is the President of the FIA’s so-called single-seater commission, today. But Auer never needed to rely on his uncle’s connections. Despite being still young, Auer already can look back on a successful career.
At the age of six, Auer made his first steps in karting and kept on racing there up to and including 2010. In 2011 he successfully switched to car racing by winning JK Racing Asia Series right away. In 2012 he contested the German Formula 3 Cup and finished runner-up in the championship. In the FIA Formula 3 European Championship – the DTM partner series, with most of its races being held in the support programme of the most popular international touring-car series – he finished fourth in both the 2013 and 2014 seasons. In both years, Auer also made guest appearances for Lotus in the World Endurance Championship, WEC, and demonstrated that he has got what it takes to also deliver in tin-top racing.
In the off-season he contested first DTM tests for Mercedes-Benz and at the end of the day, he succeeded in securing a race seat for the 2015 season. “Having advanced to DTM represents an important step in my career and I’m really proud of being part of the Mercedes family,” Auer said on the occasion of the deal signing. And after the latest tests at Portimão he impressed with a very mature, cool-headed approach: “It goes without saying that there still is a lot to learn for me before the season will be kicked off but it definitely was helpful that I could gather a lot of experience by completing some 100 laps at the wheel of a DTM car.” And his Team Principal, Frédéric Vasseur was happy with the achievements of his young driver: “A lot of things were new to Lucas but he made consistent progress throughout the day. We are heading in the right direction.”