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DTM announces restructured 2020 calendar

The DTM umbrella organisation ITR has restructured the 2020 DTM calendar in an effort to accommodate all 10 rounds of this year’s series in the wake of the global spread of the coronavirus.

The 2020 DTM was initially due to commence at Belgium’s Circuit Zolder on April 24-26, with race weekends following at Lausitzring, Russia’s Igora Drive, Anderstorp in Sweden, and Italy’s Autodromo Monza in June.

While the situation remains dynamic, the season is slated to begin at Germany’s Norisring (July 10-12) and conclude at Monza on November 13-15.

The full revised calendar appears below.

ITR Managing Director Marcel Mohaupt said, “These are unprecedented and uncertain times – and our priority is the wellbeing of our families, our staff, and our community. Despite the uncertainty, we felt it was important to provide motorsport fans worldwide – and everyone involved in DTM – with a revised calendar featuring new dates.”

“Clearly, the safe containment and treatment of this epidemic is everyone’s first priority, but we believe that sport can play an important role in helping restore normality to people’s lives. With support from our fans, DTM’s manufacturers Audi and BMW – who will bring 16 cars to this year’s grid – the racetracks and all our partners, we all want to put together an exciting season later this year. We know we have to remain flexible and pragmatic – but this is a first step; and we will hold true on our promise to come back stronger. When it is safe to return to the racetrack, we want the DTM to help lead the way.”

2020 DTM Calendar

10/07–12/07 Norisring
31/07–02/08 St. Petersburg or Scandinavian Raceway Anderstorp**
07/08–09/08 Circuit Zolder
22/08–23/08 Brands Hatch Circuit
04/09–06/09 TT Circuit Assen
11/09–13/09 Nürburgring
02/10–04/10 Igora Drive St. Petersburg or Scandinavian Raceway Anderstorp**
16/10–18/10 Lausitzring
06/11–08/11 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg
13/11–15/11 Autodromo Nazionale Monza

New DTM Trophy Series heats up the DTM in 2020

The DTM in 2020 will get a new series to create more excitement for German Touring Cars followers.

So what is the DTM Trophy? The DTM Trophy is similar to a support race featuring  start- and track-times. It compliments the main DTM event where the participating brands compete with each other with two bouts of sprint races, without driver changes, through Saturday and Sunday.

The DTM Trophy, which features near-series spec GT racing cars with rear-wheel drive, will run across six weekends, alongside the main event. As in DTM, the DTM Trophy has two free-practice sessions per race weekend on Fridays, and a 20-minute qualifying session and 30-minute race each on Saturdays and Sundays. The series is set to kick off in Zolder, Belgium on 24 – 26 April. Prize money for the support series comprises 150,000 euros  between the top three drivers: the winner receives 75,000 euros, second place 50,000 and 25,000 for third.

First to sign up for the DTM Trophy is Team GT, featuring two McLaren 570s and a pair of young pilots. Team GT is based in Munich

Before the series kicks into high gear, DTM promoters are already pursuing more competitors to partake in the new series. Registration deadline is 11 March, with an enrolment fee of 23,000 euros per participant, with tyres and fuel free of charge at all official events. This not only applies to all race weekends in the support program of the DTM in 2020, but also a potential ITR-organized pre-season test.

DTM Trophy regulations

Drivers and teams with near-series-spec GT cars eligible for FIA categories E2-SH and E2-SC of all manufacturers are entitled to participate. Almost every brand represented in motorsport has a corresponding GT car with 400 to 500 hp in its portfolio.

In its debut season, the DTM Trophy is scheduled to run across six DTM race weekends:

2020 DTM/DTM Trophy calendar

  1. Zolder 24-26 April
  2. Lausitzring 15-17 May
  3. Anderstorp 12-14 June
  4. Norisring 10-12 July
  5. Nürburgring 11-13 September
  6. Hockenheimring 2-4 October

DTM fast forwarding towards the future

DTM (Deutschen Tourenwagen Masters) or the German Touring Series is fast forwarding to the future with a conceptualization of touring cars powered by battery or hydrogen fuel cell technology.

As the world embraces plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles, every major motorsports series and teams are switching to variations of hybrids for sustainability and relevancy. EV race cars are only a matter of time. Therefore, the DTM organizers turned its focus towards creating a visionary new electric-drive series, which could run alongside DTM, providing manufacturers with an unprecedented opportunity to design and develop its own high-performance electric vehicles of the future.

In 2019, the DTM introduced efficient, high-performance four-cylinder turbo engines capable of 600bhp. This season’s regulations also saw the use of environment-friendly fuel. By 2022, the DTM is looking at including cars with hybrid technology.

An EV Touring cars series?


The new concept series sees the supply of energy from two different sources: regular battery or fuel cell technology. For pit stops, the use of robotics to replace tyres and battery pack under the car would be used. Over the course of a 40-minute race, each car would require a mandatory stop for fresh power. These futuristic race cars would be capable of power outputs exceeding 1000bhp for brief periods of time, and of achieving top speeds in excess of 300km/h.


Currently, there are three manufacturers in the DTM with the departure of Mercedes-Benz prior to the start of the 2019 season. Audi won the titles outright, finishing tops from BMW and Aston Martin.  


The spectacular DTM

For 35 years, the DTM has thrilled millions of fans across the world, and has become Europe’s premium Touring Car series, developing the touring car template to its most extreme. Today’s cars are far from production-spec, constructed from carbon-fiber, equipped with state-of-the-art aerodynamics and fitted with powerful 600bhp turbo-charged engines.

Attract more manufacturers


By implementing a new EV/hydrogen fuel cell series, the organizers hope to attract more manufacturers into the fold. The series allows them to enter cars that resemble their road-going models, an option that current all-electric race series doesn’t currently permit. This could be an excellent test bed for car makers.

In order to set this through, the organizers see three primary factors as key pillars: Technical feasibility, Financial viability, and fan, manufacturer and sponsor interest.

DTM and Super GT ready for Season Finale at Hockenheim

The DTM season is drawing to a close with the pinnacle or grand finale at the Hockenheim track, this weekend. This season’s finale is special with the clash between DTM and Super GT cars. It’ll be a spectacle for the fans indeed!

Heading into the finale, the drivers’ and manufacturers’ titles have already gone to Rene Rast and Audi. The teams title is still up for grabs, but that’ll take a back seat with the big guns from Super GT added to the fold. As we have covered previously, the three big Super GT squads Nissan, Lexus and Honda are partaking in this clash of the titans, against DTM Powerhouses Audi, BMW and Aston Martin. One of the major drivers featured is none other than former F1 and current Super GT driver Jenson Button. Button, who’s the reigning champion, is driving his trusty Honda NSX GT during the exhibition race. The finale weekend is attended by some of the well-known motorsport figureheads such as former F1 driver Emerson Fittipaldi, former F1 champion Nico Rosberg, two-time WRC champion Walter Röhrl and ’85 World Sportcar/’90 DTM champion Hans-Joachim Stuck.

Button partners his Honda factory team mate Naoki Yamamoto, while Nissan’s got the pairing of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda. For Lexus, the driver duo is Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa. Nissan and Lexus are represented by two drivers, one per race, while Honda is represented by just one driver.

All out battle for DTM Team title

Recent victories for Rast and Jamie Green have pushed Audi Sport Team Rosberg (394 points) narrowly ahead of Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline (362pts) pairing of Nico Müller and Robin Frijns. After a season-long battle between the two squads, the pair are separated by a mere 32 points, with 86 points remaining on the table to be scored in the final two races.

After the grand finale at Hockenheim, the DTM will cross over to Japan’s Fuji Speedway in November for a ‘Dream Race’ showdown with Super GT drivers at their home turf,

DTM and Super GT set to clash in Hockenheim season finale

The Super GT Powerhouses, Japanese Super Touring Cars series, is set to make a historic appearance in a special clash with DTM forerunners. The Nissan, Honda and Lexus of the Super GT series will go up against the best the DTM has to offer, the Aston Martin, Audi and BMW. As a main highlight former F1 driver Jenson Button will make his DTM debut at the season finale in Hockenheim, set for 4 – 6 October.

This event marks the first, much-anticipated summit clash between the world’s two biggest GT and Touring Car championships. The aim is to pit Asia’s hugely popular Super GT series versus DTM manufacturers in a historic, unifying event.


No fewer than five Super GT drivers are set to contest the Hockenheim race weekend. Button will drive his Honda NSX-GT at Hockenheim. The Brit joined the Super GT in 2018 with team Kunimitsu and won the title on his first year, alongside teammate Naoki Yamamoto. Super GT rivals Nissan and Lexus will field a couple of drivers each. Nissan has Ronnie Quintarelli, the series’ most successful champion with four drivers’ titles and Tsugio Matsuda, a two-time champion. The Lexis camp will be represented by Nick Cassidy and Ryō Hirakawa; the 2017 champions.

As an added bonus, there’s free entry for ticket holders  to see  exotic Japanese car culture in collaboration with Reisbrennen, a major international meeting for Japanese car owners, tuners and race fans. Over 2,000 members of the ‘Reisbrennen’ community have already confirmed their attendance at Hockenheim, where they will gain free admission to the north grandstand B to watch the race. In addition, there’s a Japanese village, food stalls and car components exhibition from the Land of the Rising Sun.

After the DTM Hockenheim finale, the scene will shift to Japan’s Fuji Speedway for the inaugural ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’, from 23 – 24 November.


2019 DTM contingent gets set for new season

As the new DTM season kicks off at its usual playground in Hockenheim, the teams (Audi, Aston Martin and BMW) are well and ready prepared for the season opener. A  recent pre-season test at the Lausitzring saw 18 drivers from the three teams clocked an incredible 3,921 laps between Monday and Thursday.

Aston Martin debuts in DTM

The Aston Martin Vantage DTM was unveiled in early March during a pre-season test. The car is a collaboration between Vynamic GmbH, a joint venture between AF Racing AG and HWA AG. The Aston Martin DTM outfit will be managed by Team R-Motorsport.

The new DTM debutant ran two Aston Martin Vantage DTMs for its four drivers, setting a ninth-fastest time of 1:36.345 with Jake Dennis behind the wheel in the final pre-season test.

Audi and BMW: a two-way fight for DTM honors

 
Audi finished the final pre-season test with the fastest overall lap-time (Robin Frijns 1:35.169). Meanwhile, BMW only got sixth-fastest in overall time (1:35.884 for Joel Eriksson). The BMW squad ran three BMW M4 DTMs with six factory drivers.

After the test, Audi looks the strongest with all eight RS 5 DTMs. The brand’s eight factory drivers Loïc Duval, Robin Frijns, Jamie Green, Nico Müller, René Rast and Mike Rockenfeller completed 6,642 kilometers (1,414 laps) in total from Monday to Thursday. In addition, Audi’s customer team, WRT Team Audi Sport, with its two DTM rookies, Jonathan Aberdein and Pietro Fittipaldi, drove 469 laps.

The BMW squad with their six drivers completed over 1,250 laps and 5,500 kilometers at the final pre-season test. BMW Team RBM, BMW Team RMG and the drivers used the test to prepare themselves and the 2019 BMW M4 DTM for the start of the season.

At the heart of the race car is the new BMW P48 turbo engine, which was developed from scratch in accordance with Class 1 regulations. The BMW M4 DTM has also been modified extensively in many other areas.

We are all geared up for the start of the 2019 DTM season, are you?

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