1996: Opel’s breakthrough
Champion: Manuel Reuter
In 1996, the DTM was completely replaced by the ITC. Six events took place in Germany, and the remaining races were staged across Europe and even overseas. The title went to Manuel Reuter in the Opel Calibra V6. In view of the sharp rise in costs for Class 1 vehicles and their complex technology Opel and Alfa Romeo announced their withdrawal from the series at the end of the season. This meant the temporary end for the DTM.