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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

Goodyear is New Tyre Partner of WEC and ELMS

Goodyear is the new tyre supplier of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and European Le Mans Series (ELMS), following decades of non-involvement in major International Motorsports.  As the official tyre partner, Goodyear provides all LMP2 entrants in the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, including cars from outside of WEC and ELMS. The cars will benefit from the latest developments in Goodyear Racing tyres. In addition, Goodyear will also increase its brand visibility on and off the track to support its launch of the latest range of Eagle F1 SuperSport tyres, featuring motorsport-derived technology.

Some of you might remember in the 70s and 80s that Goodyear was a proud tyre supplier of Formula 1. Goodyear shod F1 cars won 368 GPs.

A multi-year deal was signed between Goodyear and the organizers Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). Previously, the WEC series had multiple tyre suppliers. The ACO made a move in the off season to appoint a single tyre supplier for the new season. Goodyear now officially supplies tyres to the LMP2 category. The 2020/21 WEC season, featuring 8 rounds, will kick off at Silverstone next September, before continuing across four continents around the world, and has its climax at the 24 hours of Le Mans in June 2021. Goodyear-equipped cars have won the Le Mans on 14 occasions, from 1960s till 1990s.

Apart from the WEC, Goodyear supplies to the ELMS, the continental endurance racing series. ELMS will begin in April 2021 with six races slated for six of Europe’s top circuits.

Gerard Neveu, CEO of the World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series, stated: “Since announcing its comeback this year, Goodyear’s commitment to top level performance has been very impressive. To win a World Championship’s LMP2 class at only the third attempt shows the investment, technology and dedication of the Goodyear team. We are proud to have Goodyear as a premium partner in WEC and ELMS, and our LMP2 teams will benefit from high level professional support to ensure the continuing close competition in the category.”

Proton conquers Sepang 1K race; All-ladies team led by Leona Chin finished seventh

Braving torrential thunderstorms over the weekend, the aspiring local racers took part in another rendition of the Sepang 1000 kilometers race or short for Sepang 1k. As a feeder endurance racing competition to the previous Merdeka Millennium Endurance race (MME), the 1k race saw more participants due to relatively affordable entry fees.

National carmakers Proton has always been participating in domestic racing series to prove their cars’ worth. And since the 1k race features mostly local-ran feeder teams and drivers, there aren’t too much competition for Proton as a factory-backed squad. This proved especially evident in last Sunday’s 1k race where Team Proton R3 dominated the entire race for the third consecutive year. It was a fifth outright title for Proton, since the 1k race came into existence.

The brave souls who participated in the 1k race last weekend had to endure 181 laps. It ended with the Iriz of Fariqe Hairuman, former BTCC driver, and Mitchell Cheah winning the title, after 9 hours of non-stop racing. To add icing on the cake, the Sage of Admi Shahirul and Syafiq Ali took second place to complete a 1-2 finish. With the 1-2 finish, it’s obvious that until another factory-backed team came into the picture, the 1k race would be a continuous happy hunting ground for the National carmakers.

Nominated lady race drivers were also cast in to drive for Proton, this time around. The all-girl team was selected from the recent Lady Drivers Search program, featuring Malaysia’s Motorsport Athlete, Leona Chin. The girls’ team in the third Proton car comprised of Leona, Nurul Husna and Faye Kusairi. However, a technical issue during qualifying set their Saga car as a 26th starter on the grid. Despite the setback, the ladies showed amazing tenacity against the men and fighting spirit as they carved their way up to seventh overall and first among all lady drivers by the end of the race. Leona as the leader did her part to ensure a strong overall finish for Proton’s all-ladies squad.

‘Dream Race’ showdown at Fuji between the DTM and Super GT

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.

Hockenheim, Germany: DTM Hockenheimring,

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.

Marquez ends season on a high note at Valencia

Repsol Honda captures Triple Crown

The big news prior to the season’s finale, 5-time Champion Jorge Lorenzo announced his retirement after an under-performing season with the Repsol Honda squad. But, it wasn’t all gloom as he assisted the team to a triple crown in the season’s final race. Reigning Champion Marc Marquez did what he does best, win races. For Marquez, it was his 12th win this season.

At race start, Fabio Quartararo on pole led the race in the early stint, The Yamaha satellite rider didn’t pull too far ahead with Marquez closing up fast. The champion was already in second place by the third lap. He then cut the gap from almost a second to just two tenths in five laps. Striking at Turn 11, Marquez only needed one chance to move to the front and quickly amassed an insurmountable lead. He sailed through in the final laps with Quantararo and Jack Millter behind. Andrea Dovizioso, Alex Rins and Maverick Vinales were the other factory riders who made an impact in the race, with fourth, fifth and sixth places.

With the 12 wins in 2019, Marquez has accumulated 420 points and becomes the first rider in history to score more than 400 points in a single season. For the team, they got the Triple Crown after winning the Riders, Teams and Constructors titles. This is the Repsol Honda’s ninth Triple Crown since the MotoGP class began in 2002, cementing them the most dominant team and constructor in the premier class. For the first time in the four-stroke era, the team has managed to take three Triple Crowns in a row.

Lorenzo is retired from MotoP after 297 Grand Prix starts, including this season’s finale where he ended up 13th. The five-time champion’s final career total shows: 68 wins, 152 podiums and 69 poles,

Ducati was the second best team in 2019 as they finished the season in the teams classification second and third in the constructors. Dovizioso took fourth in the finale, while Danilo Petrucci crashed out.

Viñales and Valentino Rossi struggled through the final race with rear grip issues. They finished sixth and eighth respectively. Vinales was third in the riders standings and Yamaha MotoGP ended up third in the teams category. Yamaha was the second best constructors thanks to the combined efforts of the factory and the SRT teams.

Riders are expected to hit the track at Valencia tomorrow for the first test of 2020 before moving to Jerez a few days later.

2019 MotoGP Race of Valencia results

1         MARQUEZ Marc        Repsol Honda 41’21.469

2         QUARTARARO Fabio        Yamaha SRT     1.026

3         MILLER Jack Pramac R 2.409

4         DOVIZIOSO Andrea          Ducati 3.326

5         RINS Alex    Suzuki           3.508

6         VINALES Maverick  Yamaha 8.829

7         MIR Joan     Suzuki           10.622

8         ROSSI Valentino   Yamaha        22.992

9         ESPARGARO Aleix       Aprilia 32.704

10       ESPARGARO Pol     KTM   32.973

Final Riders standings

1         MARQUEZ Marc      420      

2         DOVIZIOSO Andrea       269      

3         VINALES Maverick   211  

4         RINS Alex      205    

5         QUARTARARO Fabio        192  

6         PETRUCCI Danilo    176     

7         ROSSI Valentino     174         

8         MILLER Jack 165   

10       MORBIDELLI Franco        115

Final Teams standings

1         Repsol Honda Team          420

2         Ducati Team 400

3         Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP          385

4         Petronas Yamaha SRT      307

5         Team Suzuki Ecstar 212

6         EG 0.0 Marc VDS    167

7         Pramac Racing        136

8         CWM LCR Honda   133

9         Aprilia Racing Team Gresini         114

10       Red Bull KTM Factory Racing      100

Constructors rankings

1         Honda 436

2         Yamaha        321

3         Ducati 309

4         Suzuki          234

5         KTM   111

6         Aprilia 89

7         Kawasaki      7

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.

Audi Sport ready for New Formula E Season

With the Formula E season starting 22 November, Audi Sport has arrived early at Riyadh in preparation for the season-opener. This season’s Formula E is expected to be more exciting than ever with new teams and contenders in the mix. There are 12 teams vying for the Formula E crown this season.

The team shipped ten containers to Saudi Arabia, that’s a total of some ten tons of cargo. Logistics expert DHL picked up the crates at the team’s base in Kempten and hauled them to the Stuttgart airport, from where they flew directly to Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh. The cargos will be delivered to the pitlanes at the track and only on 19 November, the teams are allowed to open the cargo boxes.

Audi Sport team are in pursuit of the title with Daniel Abt and Lucas di Grassi, Abt and di Grassi have carefully packed their travel bags and handed them over to the team. The contents of each driver’s bags: two racing suits, two pairs of gloves, two pairs of shoes, three sets of fireproof underwear, team wear, plus the individually adjusted earphone systems for radio communications during the races are all part of the standard gear. In addition, Abt’s luggage contains a can of hairspray, while di Grassi takes along a skipping rope for pre-race concentration exercises.

Audi e-tron FE06 #11 (Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler), Lucas di Grassi

With the things already set in motion, Audi Sport is looking to make their mark on the 2019/20 Formula E season. The two rounds in Riyadh  will be races number 59 and 60 in  Formula E. Audi Sport is the only team to have contested all of them with the same driver pairing, and with a track record of 12 race wins and 40 podium finishes as well as one drivers’ and one teams’ title, is the most successful team in Formula E.

Marquez is Most Accomplished Honda rider after Japanese GP win

With the MotoGP Riders’ title already done and dusted, 2019 Champion Marc Marquez didn’t seem to be slowing down as he scored another win at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan on Sunday to become the most successful Honda rider, alongside Mick Doohan. Marquez’s win enabled Honda to clinch the Constructors’ title as well.

From the start, Marquez proved he wasn’t letting anyone top him eventhough the title’s already in hand. He shot off the blocks into the lead from Yamaha SRT rider Fabio Quartararo and the rest of the field. In three laps, Marquez had a second’s lead from the satellite Yamaha rider.

By lap 13, the gap between the top two ballooned to two seconds and the reigning champion switched his attention to managing the race. Settling into second as the race progressed, Quartararo was able to manage his tyres to the chequered flag to secure the rookie honors.

Finishing a distant third was Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. Dovizioso probably had the rider of the race honors as he fought his way back, having started from the third row. He got up to fifth after the first lap and passed Jack Miller and then Franco Morbidelli during the midpoint of the race. He held off attacks from Yamaha’s lead rider Maverick Viñales and locked on to the final podium on the final lap. He would finish just under five-tenths of a second behind the Yamaha SRT rider.

Marquez’s win was his tenth for the year and fourth in a row. Taking his 54th win in the premier class, Marquez draws level with Mick Doohan as the most successful premier class Honda rider. The 14 podiums, 13 of them in succession, of 2019 also move  Marquez to 350 championship points, just 33 points shy of Jorge Lorenzo’s all-time premier class points record of 383 with 75 points still to play for.

The MotoGP contingent now heads directly to round 17, the Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island from 25 – 27 October.

2019 MotoGP Motegi results

1            MARQUEZ Marc              Repsol Honda    42’41.492

2            QUARTARARO Fabio      Yamaha SRT       +            0.870

3            DOVIZIOSO Andrea         Ducati   1.325

4            VINALES Maverick          Yamaha MotoGP             2.608

5            CRUTCHLOW Cal             LCR Honda         9.140

6            MORBIDELLI Franco       Yamaha SRT                     9.187

7            RINS Alex            Suzuki  9.306

8            MIR Joan   Suzuki            10.695

9            PETRUCCI Danilo   Ducati             14.216

10          MILLER Jack       Pramac

Riders standings

1            MARQUEZ Marc              350        Repsol Honda Team              Honda

2            DOVIZIOSO Andrea         31          Ducati Team      Ducati

3            VINALES Maverick          176        Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP             Yamaha

4            RINS Alex            42          Team Suzuki Ecstar         Suzuki

5            PETRUCCI Danilo             169        Ducati Team      Ducati

6            QUARTARARO Fabio      163        Petronas Yamaha SRT              Yamaha

7            ROSSI Valentino               145        Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP             Yamaha

8            MILLER Jack       125        Pramac Racing   Ducati

9            CRUTCHLOW Cal             113        LCR Honda         Honda

10          MORBIDELLI Franco       100

Marquez snatches win No.50 in Premier Class at Brno

The MotoGP Brno race saw Reigning Champion Marc Marquez claim his 50th premier class win. Ducati rival Andrea Dovizioso finished runner-up again, with Jack Miller third for his Satellite squad.   

Due to the somewhat wet conditions, the race had been cut short with Marquez leading the rest of the field. Marquez jumped into the lead from Dovizioso, Alex Rins and Miller in the first turn. He soon had a comfortable lead from his pursuers. Ducati’s lead man held second for the entire race as well. Behind the leaders, Rins and Miller battled for the final podium spot which eventually went to Miller, who wanted it more.

Marquez finished two seconds ahead of his rival to become just the fourth rider in Grand Prix history to take 50 wins in the premier class and equals Mike Hailwood’s 76 wins across all classes. Fourth on the all time winner list, Marquez heads to round 11 in Austria with 210 points, 63 points clear of Dovizioso.

Cal Crutchlow was fifth behind Rins as he beat his factory Yamaha mate Valentino Rossi, who was sixth. Crutchlow gained a position on Rossi, 13 laps from the end. The rest of the race was an eventful ride for the 9-time Champion as he didn’t want to risk a possible fall. He took sixth place, 9.083s from first.

Team mate Maverick Vinales couldn’t make an impression and battled mostly in the midfield. He would end up tenth, 16.558s from the front.

Eighth place went to Danilo Petrucci, who started from the third row. The Italian rider, who was seventh at the end of the opening lap, dropped down a couple of positions in the next few laps but was able to get back into eighth place on lap 13, finishing the race behind Fabio Quartararo.

The teams get right back into action at the Automotodrom Brno for the one-day rest.

2019 MotoGP Brno results

1          Marc Marquez Honda ESP     39’24.430

2          Andrea Dovizioso       Ducati ITA     39’26.882

3          Jack Miller      Honda AUS    39’27.927

4          Alex Rins        Suzuki ESP     39’29.288

5          Cal Crutchlow Honda GBR    39’30.437

6          Valentino Rossi          Yamaha           ITA            39’33.513

7          Fabio Quartararo         Yamaha           FRA            39’36.522

8          Danilo Petrucci           Ducati ITA     39’38.406

9          Takaaki Nakagami      Honda JPN     39’40.154

10        Maverick Viñales        Yamaha           ESP            39’40.988

Riders standings

1          Marc Marquez Honda ESP     210

2          Andrea Dovizioso       Ducati ITA     147

3          Danilo Petrucci           Ducati ITA     129

4          Alex Rins        Suzuki ESP     114

5          Maverick Viñales        Yamaha           ESP     91

6          Valentino Rossi          Yamaha           ITA     90

7          Jack Miller      Honda AUS    86

8          Cal Crutchlow Honda GBR    78

9          Fabio Quartararo         Yamaha           FRA    76

10        Pol Espargaro  KTM   ESP     61

MotoGP second half of season gets in gear at Brno

After a three-week break, MotoGP squads are ready to resume action and begin the second half of the championship at Brno and tenth round of the season.

Reigning Champion Marc Marquez is  eager to return to track and continue fighting for victory and lead in the standings. Having delivered a supreme performance at the German GP, Marquez has a comfy 58-point lead from his next challenger. The Automotodrom Brno is amongst Marquez’s most consistent circuits, only once finishing off the podium since joining the premier class in 2013, Since then, he has never finished outside of the top five.

With Jorge Lorenzo still on ice, Stefan Bradl continues to race for the team at Brno. The German rider has had an intense workload since finishing in the top ten at the Sachsenring; going on to take a podium finish at the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours race alongside his usual testing duties. Bradl is aiming for another strong weekend and is looking to build on what he and the team achieved in Germany.

Andrea Dovizioso, currently second in the championship with 127 points, has collected five podiums in total at Brno and is keen to take advantage of the characteristics of both the track and the Desmosedici GP to cut the gap from the leader.

Meanwhile, Danilo Petrucci, who always finished within the top ten at Brno with Ducati, is determined to start back strong and defend third position in the championship (121 points) after stepping on the podium in three of the last five races.

Yamaha riders play catch up to the league leaders as they go full steam ahead at the tenth round. Maverick Viñales arrives in Brno holding fifth place in the championship standings, after taking a superb win in Assen and a strong second place at the Sachsenring before the summer break. He is 100 points from first, and 36 points from entering the top-3, which he is aiming for.

Team mate Valentino Rossi is also looking forward to stepping aboard his beloved YZR-M1 again. The Italian is currently in sixth place in the 2019 MotoGP rankings, just five points behind his team-mate, and is looking to build momentum at a track that’s also special to him because he secured his first ever 125cc win at the Brno track in 1996. Rossi is a master at Brno: his 125cc victory in 1996 was followed by a 250cc win in 1999, a 500cc victory in 2001 and modern era premier class Brno victories in 2003, 2005, 2008 and 2009. All combined, the nine-time Champion stood on the podium there 14 times and is keen on adding another Brno trophy to his collection, having finished just off the rostrum in fourth place in the last two years.

The action gets on the way with practice on Friday, the qualifiers on Saturday’s second half and the main event on Sunday.