Accident data logger All current-generation vehicles
have to be equipped with an accident data
logger. The contenders have to make it possible for
the Technical Stewards to read the standardized
data loggers at any time.
Off they go After the standing start every driver looks for the best line
Classifications There are three annual classifications
in the DTM. The title ‘DTM Champion’ is
awarded to the driver who has achieved the highest
points score. The title ‘DTM Team Champion’ is
awarded to the team whose two drivers, in the aggregate,
have scored the highest number of points.
For the title “DTM Manufacturer Champion”, the six
top drivers of a brand who finished a race in the top
ten are counted.
DRS The Drag Reduction System (DRS) is a wing
flap that allows a higher top speed to be achieved
for a short time. This system was introduced in
2013 to make for better overtaking possibilities. It
is activated when, at the start and finish line, the
gap to the preceding vehicle is less than two seconds.
On the subsequent lap the system may be
used once in any optional section of the race track
and is automatically deactivated when the driver
depresses the brake pedal. On the first three laps
after the start or following a safety car period DRS
may not be used. Instead, its use is now allowed up
to the end of the race.
Mandatory pit stops Every DTM race includes a
mandatory pit stop at which all four tyres must be
changed. This mandatory pit stop has to be made
in the middle third of the race. No mandatory pit
stops are allowed during a safety car period; after
the safety car period has ended the drivers have
five more laps on which to make their stops even if
that would cause the stops to be made outside the
prescribed window. Refuelling has no longer been
permitted since the beginning of the 2012 season.
Performance weights The 2014 season sees
the introduction of so-called performance weights.
Therefore, at the season opener at Hockenheim,
the vehicle weight of 1,110 kilograms is raised by
ten kilograms to 1,120 kilograms. Depending on
the results achieved, a manufacturer has to add
a maximum weight of ten kilograms (maximum
of five kilograms per race) or is allowed to reduce
weight by a maximum of ten kilograms (maximum
of five kilograms per race). The rules for adding or
decreasing performance weights are as follows:
The winner of a race and all his brand colleagues finishing in the top ten have to add five kilograms in
the next race. The winner’s brand colleagues who
did not finish in the top ten have to add 2.5 kilograms
in the next race. The weight of the vehicles
of the second-best manufacturer in a race remains
unchanged. The vehicles of the third-best manufacturer
in a race who finished in the top ten have
to install 2.5 kilograms less in the next race. The
brand colleagues who did not finish in the top ten
have to carry five kilograms less in the next race.
If all three manufacturers are represented in positions
one, two and three the weight distribution for
the subsequent race remains unchanged.
Points system Points for places one to ten of a
DTM race are awarded according to the 25-18-
15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 system. There are no void
results or additional points for the pole position or
fastest race lap.
Qualifying The qualifying format features a multistage
mode. The drivers compete for their grid
positions in three sessions (Q1 to Q3). In Q1 of the
‘shoot-out’ all 23 drivers have 13 minutes to complete
an optional number of fast qualifying laps.
The quickest 18 drivers qualify for session two and
the slowest five occupy grid positions 19 to 23. In Q2 the drivers chase for fastest times in eleven
minutes. The quickest eight drivers move up to the
third session and the others occupy grid positions
nine to 18. In Q3 the drivers again have eleven
minutes to secure the pole position.
Safety car The manufacturers competing in the
DTM take turns providing the safety car. It is used
to avoid races being stopped. When the order to
deploy the safety car is issued, all marshals wave
yellow flags until the end of the safety car period,
along with a sign saying ‘SC’. The safety car goes
out on track with its lights on and moves in front of
the leading car. Overtaking is prohibited.
Innovation As of this season, in addition to the standard, there is also an option tyre from Hankook
Speed limit During the entire event the maximum
permissible speed in the pit lane is 80 km/h. Exceptions
apply to particularly narrow pit lanes like
those at the Norisring, Zandvoort and Brands Hatch
(each limited to 60 km/h).
Start The DTM uses standing start procedures.
The starting grid lines up in offset rows. The start
is preceded by a formation lap, which means that
the racing cars drive one lap around the circuit in
the order of the grid positions before the race is
officially started. On the formation lap the drivers
warm up their tyres and brakes to operating temperature.
Overtaking is prohibited.
Tyres Every driver, for the entire DTM race weekend,
consisting of free practice, qualifying and the
race, can only use a specified number of Hankook
Ventus slicks and rain tyres. The tyres are allotted
to the entrants by the Technical Stewards on the
first day of the event (typically on Friday). A set of
softer options tyres, which has to be used once but
may only be fitted for a maximum of 50 per cent of
the race distance, is available strictly for the race.
Following a safety car period the drivers who were
running on option tyres at the beginning of this period
have five more laps to change their tyres even
if this would cause them to run run on option tyres
for more than 50 per cent of the race distance. After
qualifying the teams have to announce which of
the two tyre types they want to start the race with.