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Entertainment "What is the DTM in 2021?" - Still no solution in sight

12:30  02 august  2020
12:30  02 august  2020 Source:   sport1.de

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ITR chairman Gerhard Berger believes taking a break from competition in 2021 would 'not be a good solution ” for the DTM , as the series continues to With R-Motorsport Aston Martin dropping out of the DTM earlier this year, and Audi announcing that it would exit the category at the end of the current

DTM should adopt GTE cars in 2021 before transitioning to a new formula featuring "roaring engines and interesting silhouettes", reckons former race-winner Although no longer involved in the WEC, BMW still runs its M8 GTE in IMSA, while Porsche, Ferrari, Corvette and Aston Martin also have cars

Audi wird nicht mehr in der DTM antreten © ERWIN SCHERIAU Audi will no longer compete in the DTM

In the struggle for a future of the DTM no progress can be seen beyond this year. After Audi's announced exit, BMW, as the last remaining manufacturer, cannot yet make a decision. "We will not compete against ourselves and there is no other manufacturer in sight," said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt at the season opener in Spa.

For BMW and potential interested parties, the most important question remains unanswered: "What will the DTM be in 2021? It must be clear what the racing series looks like so that people can make a decision." Since the Audi exit was announced in April, the DTM has come no closer to solving the problem.

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The DTM is still working on a name change for the series that is now set to come into effect for 2021 , according to series boss Gerhard Berger. The DTM 's bid to become more international has led to comparisons with the short-lived International Touring Car Championship of the 1990s (pictured below).

The German DTM series is on the verge of collapse after Audi announced its plans to exit the championship at the conclusion of the 2020 season. “Audi has shaped the DTM and the DTM has shaped Audi. This demonstrates what power lies in motorsport—technologically and emotionally,” said

"We had a lot of discussions," said Marquardt, "but it is difficult. It is important to combine different points of view and different perspectives."

Marquardt is critical of the much-discussed possibility of switching to the existing GT3 regulations to save the DTM. "At the end of the day, GT3 is customer sport that we already do and that we want to protect," said the 53-year-old.

Mercedes had already left the DTM at the end of 2018 in order to advance its plant involvement in the Formula E electrical series. Audi follows the same path after the season. BMW is also represented there.


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