Sophie Hofmann makes DTM Trophy debut with Heide Motorsport
German racer Sophie Hofmann will join forces with Heide-Motorsport for the upcoming DTM Trophy
22-year old Sophie Hofmann will finally make her DTM Trophy debut in mid-June, as she joins forces with Heide-Motorsport team in the GT4-based support series to the popular DTM championship.
The lady from Waldenburg had in fact announced her switch to the series in 2020, but unfortunately her program fell through amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
She would later join the Audi Sport Seyffarth R8 LMS Trophy, where she continued to increase her experience at the wheel of the Audi R8 GT4. She had in fact previously competed in selected races in the Audi one-make series in 2019.
Sophie started karting in 2013, before moving to touring cars in 2017. Her switch to GT4 machinery came two years later.
With German outfit Heide-Motorsport joining the DTM Trophy grid in 2021, Hofmann was presented with the perfect opportunity to step up to the DTM support category, which is set to become a real stepping stone for young drivers eyeing the prestigious championship – this year moving to GT3 cars.
"I‘m looking forward to my first season in the DTM Trophy", said Hofmann.
"The series is very competitive and some race tracks are still unknown to me, yet I‘m happy to take this challenge. I hope that we will see many spectacular races – perhaps with fans again during the season – and would like to set some highlights together with my team!“, she added.
The Witten-based squad – which has run the Audi R8 LMS car in the Creventic 24H Series in 2020 and will return to the endurance championship for guest appearances – has recently announced its DTM Trophy program, thanks to its extended cooperation with Audi Sport.
Heide-Motorsport will field two more cars in the series.
"We are happy to welcome Sophie Hofmann as the first driver in our team and to intensify our cooperation with Audi Sport with a total of three cars." - said team principal Micheal Heide.
"The DTM Trophy positions itself as a fiercely competitive junior series within the professional DTM platform, which offers our drivers as well as our team an excellent opportunity to present ourselves at the highest level. We can‘t wait until the season finally kicks off in Italy in June.“
After its inaugural season in 2020, DTM Trophy will be back with a 7-event calendar that will kick off in June at the Temple of Speed, the home of the Italian GP at Autodromo Nazionale di Monza.
The drivers will then battle on the iconic Norisring street circuit, before moving to Lausitzring, Nürburgring, Red Bull Ring, Assen and the season finale at Hockenheimring.
Just like in 2020, the DTM Trophy race weekends will feature two 30-minute +1 lap sprint races that will be broadcasted live on the DTM streaming platform and on SPORT1.
2021 DTM Trophy calendar
18/20 June - Monza (Italy)
2/4 July - Norisring (Germany)
23/25 July - Lausitzring (Germany)
20/22 August - Nürburgring (Germany)
3/5 September - Red Bull Ring (Austria)
17/19 September - Assen (Netherlands)
1/3 October - Hockenheim (Germany)