The big message coming out of the DTM this year is that of change. A major revision of the championship's technical rules to a set of more cost- and safety-conscious regulations featuring 57 spec parts, an increase in the number of cars from 18 to 22 thanks to BMW returning to the series after 20 years away, and even a change to the points system to reward those who win races far more than in 2011.
The situation at Phoenix Racing is almost a microcosm of the championship. The Audi outfit has itself undergone a pretty major change since last October. Ernst Moser's squad surprised many by taking Martin Tomczyk to the title last year with a remarkably consistent run that included three wins for the series veteran and scoring points (finishing in the top eight) in every one of the 10 races.
But after more than a decade with Audi squads, Tomczyk has packed his bags and taken his title to pastures new at BMW. Phoenix, if you'll pardon the pun, has to rise from the ashes to meet the challenge of defending the title its former driver did so well to win last year.
Coming in to link up with Tomczyk's title-winning engineer Jurgen Jungklaus is Mike Rockenfeller, while Miguel Molina will be his team-mate in what is a line-up oozing potential for the coming season.