CVPG starts with Matias Salonen in the DTM Trophy
Finnish driver competes with a Mercedes-AMG GT
For many years already, the CV Performance Group has been focusing on the development of promising young drivers. One of them is 18-year-old Matias Salonen. The Finnish driver is now promoted from karting to the DTM Trophy and enters the race with a Mercedes-AMG GT.
The CV Performance Group has long been regarded as a talent forge in karting. Numerous German championship titles, as well as the world title in 2018, are among the successes. In 2020, the Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Team CV Performance Group founded its own junior team and thus supports talented drivers with extensive funding from an early age. One of the first protégés in the team was Matias Salonen from Finland. The 18-year-old young driver already underlined his talent in karting with strong racing results and now gets the next chance in his career.
Together with the CVPG, he is promoted from karting to the junior racing series DTM Trophy. The racing team from Niederzissen is a Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Team and uses a Mercedes-AMG GT. "With our junior team, we want to give young drivers the chance to develop in our environment. Matias impressed with his performances in 2020 and we are sure that he will continue to do so in the sports car," head of the team Christian Voß says, praising his rookie.
Also, for Salonen, the promotion to the DTM Trophy is an important step in his still young career: "I thank Christian for this opportunity and look forward to working with Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing. The Mercedes-AMG GT is a great car and the DTM Trophy is a very high-class championship. This will be an exciting year for me, in which I would like to show my appreciation through good results for the trust."
For Christian Voß, there is another reason to be happy: "In the future, Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing and the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team will grow even closer together, especially in the field of marketing. This is a great opportunity for us as a team, but also for our drivers to develop and get more attention. Mercedes-AMG is clearly committed to its origins – motorsport."
The DTM Trophy comprises a total of seven race weekends, all of which take place within the framework of the renowned DTM. With the Italian Monza and the Norisring in Nuremberg, two highlights are waiting for the drivers right in the beginning. Overall, the DTM Trophy performs at racetracks in Germany, Italy, Austria and the Netherlands. The junior racing series is accompanied by the German free-TV channel Sport 1, which broadcasts all races in its program.
Race calendar DTM Trophy 2021
18.-20.06.2021 Monza (IT)
03.-05.09.2021 Red Bull Ring (AT)
17.-19.09.2021 Assen (NL)[