DTM sets the course for the future
During the annual season highlight of the DTM at the Norisring in Nuremberg, the focus is not only on the current racing action at the track. At the same time, all parties involved are also working hard on the future of the most popular international touring car series. Behind the scenes, those who are responsible are actively setting the course for the future of the DTM.
BMW intensifies contact with the DTM
At the Norisring, BMW motorsport director Dr. Mario Theissen took part in a meeting of the board of directors and the advisory board of the DTMâ€™s rights holder and marketing organisation ITR e.V. for the first time. At the end of April, BMW had already officially announced its interest in entering the DTM from 2012. This was met with a very positive echo by motorsport fans and media alike.
Co-operation with international organisations and series
In order to further strengthen the position of the DTM in the international motor racing scene, the ITR e.V., the manufacturers represented in the DTM and the German motorsport federation (DMSB), together with BMW, are working on the international distribution of the planned new technical regulations for the DTM from 2012. Thus, a delegation of the Japanese motorsport federation JAF and representatives from manufacturers is present at the Norisring to intensify talks about a possible adoption of the new DTM regulations for the Japanese GT championship. At an earlier stage, the organisers of the American GrandAm sports car series also had expressed their interest in a co-operation. This would mean an additional international opportunity for running race cars to DTM regulations.
â€śCurrently, a lot of things are going on into a direction that seems to be very positive for the future of the DTMâ€ť, says Hans Werner Aufrecht, chairman of the board of the ITR e.V. â€śCo-operation with Audi and Mercedes-Benz, the DMSB and BMW, but also the talks with our international colleagues are very constructive and for us at the ITR, they are a great motivation to keep doing our very best for the future of this great series. We are convinced that our joint efforts are contributing to the ongoing success of the series.â€ť