Celebrity guest at the DTM: Rally icon Sebastian Loeb will do the honours at the season opener.

Rally legend Sebastian Loeb (48) celebrates his debut in the DTM.

The nine-time world champion from France will be at the wheel of the AlphaTauri AF Corse Ferrari at the season opener from 29 April to 1 May in Portimao/Portugal, replacing regular driver Nick Cassidy (New Zealand).

“Having the most successful rally driver of all time at our season opener in Portimao is a real highlight that the fans can look forward to,” said DTM boss Gerhard Berger.