DTM Esports Championship returns for 2021-22 season in RaceRoom

DTM Esports Championship returns for 2021-22 season in RaceRoom

A chance for sim racers to move up into real-world racing exists with the return of the 2021-22 edition of the DTM Esports Championship powered by MediaMarkt. Taking place on the RaceRoom Racing Experience simulation platform, 29 drivers will qualify for the season that takes place from 24th February until the Grand Finale on 28th April.

The competition is based in Germany, but is open to all participants who are aged 16 or older. 26 of the 29 qualifiers will come from the online RaceRoom Racing Experience competition system. The qualifications started with the first Leaderboard Challenge on 17th December, and that will run through 3rd January. A second Leaderboard Challenge will take its place and run through 16th January.

Top times will qualify for the shootout races. The first Leaderboard Challenge leaders will compete on 6th January and the second will take to the track on 20th January. From those races, 26 top drivers will be decided based on points earning and will move on to the six-race season.

This first Leaderboard Challenge will utilize the Audi, BMW, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and brand-new McLaren DTM cars on the service at the Nürburgring. Leaderboard Challenge 2 will take place at the Hockenheimring.

The other three spots in the season will come from a MediaMarkt boot camp. German sim racers have had the opportunity since 1st November to visit one of the ten MediaMarkt locations in Germany that are participating in the program to lay down a fast enough time to qualify. Qualifying drivers from that will be invited to the boot camp where the Top 3 drivers will be added to the season roster.

Once in the six-race Cup Season, drivers will score points based on the DTM points system, with winners earning 25 points and 10th place finishers collecting only one point. Bonus points will also be awarded to the Top 3 qualifiers. All points will be doubled in the Grand Finale which takes place at Portimão. The full schedule can be found below, and more information on the competition can be found on the DTM website.


1st November 2021MediaMarkt qualifications starts
17th December 2021Leaderboard Challenge 1 starts
31st December 2021MediaMarkt qualifications ends
3rd January 2022Leaderboard Challenge 1 ends
3rd January 2022Leaderboard Challenge 2 starts
6th January 2022Shootout 1
15th January 2022Boot Camp starts
16th January 2022Boot Camp ends
16th January 2022Leaderboard Challenge 2 ends
20th January 2022Shootout 2


Race #1Imola24th February 2022
Race #2Norisring10th March 2022
Race #3Lautsitzring24th March 2022
Race #4Spa-Francorchamps7th April 2022
Race #5Red Bull Ring21st April 2022
Race #6Portimão28th April 2022


Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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