September 30, 2020

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 …

Why the DTM won’t be rescued by Japanese manufacturers

There is no doubt that the DTM is in the middle of its biggest crisis since the series was reborn in 2000. The R-Motorsport Aston Martin outfit announced in January that it would leave the DTM with immediate effect, while Audi revealed in April that it will bring an end to its two decade-long programme in the series after 2020.This has left the DTM with only a single manufacturer in BMW, and …Keep reading …

Super GT’s alignment with DTM no waste, says Cassidy

SUPER GT’s 2020 cars are the first to be built entirely in accordance with the rulebook that the Japanese championship had agreed with the DTM, the culmination of years of negotiations between the two series.This paved the way for the first ‘Dream Race’ event to be held featuring five different manufacturers at Fuji Speedway last autumn.However, the future of the tie-up is now in doubt as …Keep reading …

BMW considered 2020 Super GT entry with DTM car

The DTM and SUPER GT agreed to a common set of regulations two years ago, with the two championships adopting the ruleset in 2019 and ‘20 respectively.One of the main aims behind the unification of the rules was to increase manufacturer participation, boosting the possibility of DTM marques competing in SUPER GT and vice versa.BMW had previously stated that it had the “option” of …Keep reading …

Super GT, DTM unlikely to hold 2020 Dream Race

The inaugural standalone event for DTM cars and SUPER GT’s GT500 machines, both of which are built to Class One regulations, took place last November at Fuji Speedway, three weeks after the conclusion of the SUPER GT season.Seven DTM cars, four from Audi and three from BMW, made the trip for the Fuji event, which followed on from three SUPER GT cars (one from each manufacturer) appearing as …Keep reading …

DTM / IMSA

Spengler wants DTM farewell after abrupt BMW exit

BMW has moved Spengler from the DTM to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where he has been paired alongside Connor de Phillippi in a Team RLL-run M8 GTE in 2020.The news about his switch to IMSA was communicated in December, more than two months after the conclusion of the DTM season, which meant that Spengler wasn’t aware that the 2019 Hockenheim finale was going to be his last …Keep reading …