Roughly 30 years since his debut and almost 20 years since his last outing, Hubert Haupt is set for a return to the DTM. The HRT team owner will make his first guest start at the Nürburgring at the end of August. The appearance of the 52-year-old from Munich goes hand in hand with a second comeback: the #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 will sport the black and white design of new team partner PLAYBOY. Over the years, the iconic logo of the world-famous lifestyle magazine has adorned several cars in the DTM.
- Hubert Haupt to race in the DTM at the Nürburgring
- #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the black and white PLAYBOY livery
Having fielded two Mercedes-AMG in the current DTM season, under the name Mercedes-AMG Team HRT, team owner Hubert Haupt will now return to the cockpit himself for the races at the Nürburgring (20th to 22nd August). This is Haupt’s third outing in the world-famous racing series. After starting out as an Audi works driver from 1991 to 1992, he returned to the DTM with Opel in 2001. Haupt is now set to make his comeback with a Mercedes-AMG GT3 and his own Haupt Racing Team. This makes Hubert Haupt the only driver in the history of the series to have lined up in the original DTM/ITC (1984–1996), the subsequent epoch (2000-2020) and the current GT3 era (from 2021).
Haupt’s Mercedes-AMG GT3 is also bringing a famous brand back to the DTM stage - PLAYBOY. The lifestyle magazine is the new partner of the Haupt Racing Team for its outings in the high-class GT3 series. The Bunny logo has often been a part of the DTM world in the past. When Haupt takes his place on the starting grid, the #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3 is set to catch the eye with a totally new, full livery in the black and white of PLAYBOY. An in-depth interview on Hubert Haupt’s start in the DTM will appear in the new August edition of German PLAYBOY (in shops from Thursday, 15th July).
Hubert Haupt, team owner HRT and driver #6 Mercedes-AMG GT3
“This is another dream come true for me. First my own team in the DTM, and now I am back behind the wheel in this series, of which I have so many memories. As a motorsport man, it is hard to imagine anything better. In PLAYBOY, we have acquired a fantastic partner. It is simply a great, timeless lifestyle brand. From a sporting point of view, the opportunity to test myself in this strong environment with good professionals is obviously appealing. We are well prepared and I believe we can get a good result.”
Florian Boitin, “Editor-in-Chief and Publisher PLAYBOY Deutschland
“Motorsport and PLAYBOY share a long tradition together. Particularly in the DTM, PLAYBOY has celebrated many a triumph over the years. As such, we are pleased to return to the racetrack as Team Partner of successful entrepreneur and racing driver Hubert Haupt. HRT, Mercedes-AMG and PLAYBOY – a perfect fit.”
HRT stands for HAUPT RACING TEAM. Formed in July 2020 by racing driver and entrepreneur Hubert Haupt, the team enjoys success in GT3 racing. HRT lines up with extended works support from Mercedes-AMG in many of the team's outings. The outings and cars are prepared in Meuspath, not far from the Nürburgring. HRT also has its own eSPORTS team in the professional sim racing sector and is a sought-after partner for motorsport events of all sorts. HRT can call on a host of experts with a wealth of motorsport and engineering experience, which the diverse motorsport company leverages when implementing technical development projects for and with its partners. The headquarters of Haupt Racing Team GmbH is Grünwald near Munich. The team owner is racing driver and businessman Hubert Haupt. As well as motorsport, Haupt is primarily known as a successful property developer. With his Immobilien Holding company, he implements high-quality living and building concepts in southern Germany – from innovative buildings to complete districts.