December 6, 2020

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

The German squad, whose successes also include victory in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship and the 2012 DTM as well as at Le Mans in 1999, will not be given a works programme by BMW for 2021, Motorsport.com has learned.The move follows a gradual downscaling of Schnitzer’s activities with BMW Motorsport since it was dropped from the DTM line-up at the end of 2016 when the Bavarian marque …Keep reading …

Habsburg “very interested” in racing in Japan in 2021

Habsburg shined in his second season in the DTM this year with Audi’s customer team WRT, scoring a podium and a pole position in the latter part of the season to earn a top-10 position in the drivers’ standings.With the DTM switching to GT3 cars in 2021, Habsburg is keeping his options open for next year, but is seriously evaluating the possibility of racing in Japan’s increasingly …Keep reading …

The vital lesson the ‘new’ DTM can learn from Super GT

One wonders what went through the minds of the Nissan hierarchy when Tsugio Matsuda emerged from the pitlane in the #23 NISMO car just ahead of Kazuki Hiramine in the #12 Impul machine. No doubt, at first, unadulterated joy. But perhaps, with a lighter, Bridgestone-shod GT-R with a seriously quick driver at the wheel snapping at Matsuda’s heels, just an ounce of anxiety over the risk of a Nissan …Keep reading …

DTM title contenders give up Audi Spa 24h drives

The trio, who sit at the head of the DTM standings with just next month’s Hockenheim season finale to run, were announced as part of Audi’s line-ups for the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup blue riband event last month.Rast and Frijns were due to race for the WRT squad, with Rast pencilled in to drive the team’s #31 Audi R8 LMS alongside Kelvin van der Linde and Mirko Bortolotti and …Keep reading …

Marquardt steps down from BMW Motorsport

This could prelude to a major overhaul within BMW that could see all its factory and customer racing programmes being transferred under its the high-performance M division.This echoes Renault’s move to rebrand its Formula 1 team as Alpine – and return to the Le Mans 24 Hours under the same brand – and Mercedes’ decision to ramp up the involvement of its AMG division in F1.BMW currently …Keep reading …

DTM / IMSA

Duval hints at IMSA future amid Zolder DTM absence

Duval will be part of JDC-Miller MotorSports’ line-up in the Mustang Sampling-backed #5 Cadillac DPi-V.R for the 10-hour enduro at Road Atlanta, forming an all-French line-up alongside team regulars Sebastien Bourdais and Tristan Vautier.It marks the 38-year-old’s first IMSA outing since January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he, Bourdais and the recently-axed Joao Barbosa finished in …Keep reading …

DTM / IMSA

Treluyer set to replace Duval in second Zolder DTM race

Duval will drive JDC-Miller MotorSport’s Mustang Sampling-backed Cadillac DPi-V.R in the 10-hour endurance race, marking his second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship outing with the team in 2020 after the Rolex 24 at Daytona.After the entry list for Petit Le Mans was revealed, Duval confirmed to Motorsport.com that he would have to miss the second Zolder DTM round to take part in the …Keep reading …

BMW won’t enter Super GT just to keep DTM cars running

The DTM and SUPER GT effectively run on the same set of regulations as part of a tie-up that saw the two series run a pair of exhibition races at Fuji Speedway in November last year.One of the overall goals of the partnership between DTM and SUPER GT was to allow German and Japanese manufacturers to compete in each others’ series, and Motorsport.com revealed earlier this year that BMW had …Keep reading …

Super GT committed to Class One despite DTM uncertainty

Both SUPER GT and the DTM run to the same set of regulations and have previously stated their ambition of expanding the scope of the tie-up to start a global championship.However, the future of Class One has been plunged into doubt in recent months amid the declining health of the DTM, which has been hit hard by the withdrawals of R-Motorsport Aston Martin and Audi.ITR chief Gerhard Berger …Keep reading …

Audi: Financial hurdles doomed Japanese Class One tie-up

SUPER GT and the DTM now run to the same set of regulations as part of a unification that was officially announced in 2018, with a total of six manufacturers having built cars to Class One rules across both categories to date.While the two series were successfully able to host a joint ‘Dream Race’ at Fuji Speedway in November, efforts to persuade manufacturers to enter their cars in both …Keep reading …