The participating teams brought a bright and wide selection of cars to the start line including a range of AMGs, two Porsche Cayman GT4s, Jaguar F-Type and a Mercedes-Benz G500 4x4². A very special guest is one of the few people who can claim he has a car named after him: two time DTM champion Marco Wittmann with his BMW M4 DTM Championship Edition.
The event kicked off with a get-together dinner in the famous Rosi's Sonnbergstuben restaurant set in the mountains above Kitzbühel. We won't make it that late as the first driving day promises to start with one of the highlights from last year's tour. The start flag dropped on Friday morning with the first route cards directing all teams towards Austria's most famous and highest mountain pass: the Grossglockner!
Just the night before it snowed at the highest pass road in Europe but luckily the road is snow-free by the time we arrive with our rear-wheel drive sportscars on summer tires. After a few mandatory selfies and a quick drone video we continue down the South side towards the sunny lakeside town of Velden. On arrival a the beautiful Schlosshotel Velden a group of school kids await our arrival with cheering and clapping – seeing their joy is still one of my highlights of the tour.