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Cars After skepticism about Berger's DTM concept: Why BMW agreed in the end

23:30  24 september  2020
23:30  24 september  2020 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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BMW-Motorsportdirektor Marquardt fürchtete um den Kundensport © BMW BMW Motorsport Director Marquardt feared for customer sport

DTM boss Gerhard Berger managed to get Audi and BMW to give him a financial loan when he withdrew from the ITR umbrella organization Leave the basis so that he can implement his GT3-based DTM concept for the future. The regulations originally called GT-Plus have now been renamed. "We call it GT-Pro", Berger clarified at the announcement.

At Audi, in the end, only legal issues were the reason why the solution was delayed. But BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt had long been skeptical because they feared that , the new DTM format, would endanger the customer racing model .

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That sounds different now. "We have seen in the past few years that a racing platform can nowhere be better off than in Gerhard's hands," says Marquardt Berger Rosen. "If anyone can do it, it'll be him!"

Why BMW changed its mind

So what ultimately led to the change in Munich? "We have always said that we want to make sure that our customer sports and private teams do not come under pressure," explains Marquardt.

"The solution that we have now found respects that. And it offers these teams another platform. So it is no longer a manufacturer thing, but a platform for private teams and for customer sports. That was it important to us. "

In fact, in an interview with 'Motorsport-Total.com' in June, Berger said that the DTM had a fundamentally different concept from the GT Masters. "The whole thing is supported by manufacturers who bring in technical developments on a weekly basis and can thus offer the many fans a direct sporting and technical competition."

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Marquardt: BMW teams very interested

We are now a long way from that. And Marquardt has also received positive feedback from its teams according to its own statements. "I can already speak for our teams that they were very interested in this matter," confirms the BMW Motorsport Director.

"It was important to me that our teams are interested, that our customer sports department at BMW is interested. And that the manufacturers aren't doing the show. We succeeded." But the new DTM, based on GT3 cars, could also be fertile ground for BMW, Marquardt believes.

BMW sees an opportunity to sell the new M4 GT3

Because after the slow-moving M6 GT3, whose operating costs were higher due to the complex V8 biturbo engine, the Munich-based company wants the new M4 GT3 to be a success. Even if the car will only receive FIA ​​homologation in the course of next year, which means that has a big question mark behind DTM participation in 2021 .

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"The M6 ​​was quite successful, but I would have liked more breadth and more teams in terms of sales," admits Marquardt that he is not entirely satisfied. "I hope we can achieve that with the new car. And of course it's a good thing if there are more platforms on which the car can be used."

For teams like Schubert, who is active in the GT Masters, or the NLS teams Rowe and Walkenhorst, an additional platform is good. "And I hope for some new teams who will use the BMW there," says Marquardt.

How much support does the manufacturers provide?

But what support do the teams get from BMW when they compete in the new GT3 DTM? "We plan to sell as many cars from the new M4 GT3 as possible," said the BMW Motorsport Director. "It is therefore clear that we are giving the teams the technical and any other support they need without appearing as a manufacturer there."

Marquardt has no doubt that Berger will be able to find enough cars for his championship. "There are twelve or 13 manufacturers who have GT cars. And if you take two or three cars from each manufacturer, you have a very good field everywhere," he says.

This is how it goes on now

Although Berger said at the press conference that Audi and BMW would support their team , Audi sports director Dieter Gass also makes it clear that they will stay very much in the background: "That is far from you Factory support. It's a lot more like what we see in customer racing today when there is support from a manufacturer. "

He is also relieved that a solution has finally been found, "but now the real work for everyone is just beginning," he says. What is on the program for the coming weeks? "We'll start talking to the teams now," he says.

"The teams now have to start organizing themselves. They have to see how they can finance participation in this new DTM. And we have to see how we can support them so that cars can be brought to the start."

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