The 2016 DTM season has a special treat in store for DTM fans who enjoy race simulation games on their computers as the new Mercedes-AMG Online Race Competition puts talented gamers in a real cockpit. The opening weekend of the season at Hockenheim (6th – 8th May) is also the start of a new online championship. The best players will not only compete against the eight Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers in the virtual finals but also be invited to an event of the AMG Driving Academy. The first laps on the way to fulfilling the ultimate dream of buckling yourself into a real cockpit will be completed on virtual tarmac. Contestants must be aged at least 18 and hold a valid Class B driving licence. The Mercedes-AMG Online Race Competition is a simulated drive in a Mercedes-AMG C 63 DTM on replicas of the eight race tracks to be used in the 2016 DTM season. Every Monday ahead of race weekend, the next circuit will be loaded into the simulation. It will continue to be available for the rest of the campaign to allow late entry into the competition. Each of the tracks will be introduced by one of the Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers. On Friday of each race weekend, one of the eight squad members will take a seat in the simulator to set a reference time for the players.
The best four female entrants and the best four males in this online competition will then challenge the eight Mercedes-AMG DTM drivers in the finals which will be held in the context of the closing weekend of the 2016 DTM at Hockenheim (14th - 16th October). In addition, a one-day fitness test will take place, scores from which will be aggregated with the results of the race finals. The two best females and the two best males from the race finals plus fitness test will be invited to attend an event of the AMG Driving Academy.