DTM and the “Wings for Life” foundation are committed to improved healing procedures for paraplegia.

The DTM and the “Wings for Life” foundation are committed to improved healing procedures for paraplegia.

The racing series and the international research foundation have entered into a partnership for this purpose. The cooperation is intended to raise awareness of the issue and collect donations for spinal cord research.

“I only narrowly escaped paraplegia after a traffic accident,” said DTM boss Gerhard Berger. Since then, he said, he has been intensively dealing with the topic. “With this cooperation, we want to help to further advance research for paraplegic people,” he emphasised.

Several activities planned for the benefit of the foundation

A number of campaigns in aid of the foundation are planned for the upcoming season. Among other things, a helmet will be auctioned or raffled off for the good cause at every race weekend.

“We are very proud that the DTM supports us with heart and soul,” said “Wings for Life” founder Heinz Kinigadner, whose son Hannes is paraplegic after a motocross accident in 2003. The foundation is “often referred to as a turbo in the research world, with the DTM we have gained a valuable fuel to reach our goal even faster,” added the two-time motocross world champion.

The DTM will start the season from 29 April to 1 May in Portimao, Portugal. A total of 16 sprint races in five countries are on the programme, ProSieben broadcasts.