DTM meets Super GT in Hockenheim and Fuji
The DTM will head to Japan in November to take part in a unique non-championship race against the cream of Japan’s Super GT field.
The weekend will be run as a non-championship event at the fabled Fuji Speedway, and will take place on November 23/24 once both series have concluded their regular seasons.
It’s a groundbreaking move, and one that’s only been made possible due to the implementation of new CLASS 1 regulations that unify the engine and aero regulations of both series, ultimately enabling them to race together.
That achievement is a huge testament to the efforts helmed by ITR chairman Gerhard Berger and GTA boss Masaaki Bandoh to bring such a collaboration to fruition.
The Fuji venue is already well know to motorsport fans: it played host to the historic Formula 1 world title showdown between James Hunt and Niki Lauda in 1976, and has been an iconic Japanese race venue for more than six decades.
“This is another milestone in the partnership of both series promoters,” said ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger. “Fuji is a world-famous, modern racetrack – and a worthy venue for a spectacle with cars from SUPER GT and DTM.
“I would like to thank GTA Chairman Masaaki Bandoh as well as the organisation of the Fuji Speedway for their work so far.”
GTA boss Masaaki Bandoh added: “I’m really delighted that we’re going to jointly organise this event. I’d like to thank ITR and its Chairman Gerhard Berger for this collaboration. Furthermore, I thank the Fuji Speedway officials who were actively involved in the realisation of our plan.
“Now the joint race meeting of DTM and SUPER GT can finally be realised.”
To further consolidate the association between the two series, three SUPER GT cars – one each from key manufacturers Honda, Nissan and Lexus – will journey to Germany to compete in the DTM’s season finale at Hockenheim, which takes place in early October.
To ensure greater parity between the two series, all cars will tackle the events on control Hankook tyres. Additionally, the Japanese event will also be run to DTM regulations – a two-race weekend with single-driver cars and no driver-changes in a one-hour sprint-race format.
“To have six automotive brands on the grid of a DTM race will be impressive,” said ITR Managing Director Achim Kostron. "It clearly demonstrates the huge potential of the co-operation between SUPER GT and DTM.”