Following the recent DTMxSuperGT exhibition at Hockenheim, the stage is set for the Dream Raceat the Fuji Speedway, from 23 – 24 November.
This weekend, the first ever DTM x Super GT showdown features 22 cars from Audi, BMW, Honda, Lexus, Nissan and more. The two races on Saturday and Sunday have new rules such as rolling starts, control tyres and cars run without DRS and P2P. The duration of each race will be 55 minutes.
The Dream Race became a reality when DTM organizers and Super GT authorities began working on an adjustment of their technical regulations to enable joint races and a kind of “Champions League”of touring car racing. This endeavor has resulted in the spectacular Class 1 race cars with their more than 610-hp four-cylinder turbo engines that already began to be used in the DTM in the 2019 season. In the Super GT, the Class 1 regulations will come into effect next year.
The scene is Fuji Speedway, a familiar circuit for those who are Gran Turismo fans. Fuji features long-radius corners and an impressive 1.5km straight. For the races, DTM drivers will race two sessions without driver change, while the Super GT counterparts get driver changes; with the exception of Honda’s Naoki Yamamoto, who is the sole driver minus his partner Jenson Button.
The DTM x Super GT Dream Race’s 22 car grid comprises seven-man DTM squad and 15 from the Japanese squads. DTM drivers consist the likes of Loïc Duval, Kamui Kobayashi, René Rast, Mike Rockenfeller, Benoît Tréluyer, Marco Wittmann and Alex Zanardi. Super GT boasts newly crowned Champion Kazuya Oshima, Kenta Yamashita, Ronnie Quintarelli, Naoki Yamamoto, Tsugio Matsuda, Ryō Hirakawa and Nick Cassidy.
DTM Champions prepare to prove a point
Audi squads are the Reigning DTM Champion and for this Dream Race showdown, Audi squads have deployed four RS 5 DTM cars. Alongside the Audi RS 5s are three BMW M4 DTMs. Audi is already familiar with from events with the Audi R18 in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and with the Audi R8 LMS. According to computer simulations, the Audi RS 5 DTM will reach a speed of up to 300 km/h at the end of the straight, depending on the rear wing setting.
The four Audi RS 5 DTM cars have new liveries for the dream race, including 2013 DTM champion Mike Rockenfeller’s Audi Sport Team Abt Sportsline car with black Akrapovič, Reigning champion René Rast’s Audi Sport RS 5 DTM (Team Rosberg) with a Red dot on white bodywork, Loic Duval’s car is decked with a red BMC Airfilter and Benoît Tréluyer’s car is mainly white.
The dream race gets on the way on Thursday with two 45-minute test sessions. Two free practice sessions on Friday, followed by a qualifying session and a race on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.