DTM, GRAND-AM and Super GT have got common goals

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Based on the technical DTM regulations introduced in 2012, it will be possible to use the same cars for contesting touring-car races on the highest level in Europe, Japan and North America.

Three top-class race series on three continents, featuring a common basis: that’s the vision of DTM, GRAND-AM and Super GT, or – in short words – the ‘Future of Touring Car Racing.’ Based on the technical DTM regulations introduced in 2012, it will be possible to use the same cars for contesting touring-car races on the highest level in Europe, Japan and North America.

DTM race.
DTM race.

Photo by: ITR eV

The first step was made by DTM with its three premium car manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz and the Japanese Super GT that is contested by Honda, Nissan and Toyota in fall 2012. Following the signing of a cooperation deal, the DTM technical regulations will be used in Super GT as early as 2014.

The Super GT is organised by the GT Association (GTA). In March 2013, DTM rights holder ITR e.V. signed another license and cooperation deal with the American series organiser GRAND-AM and the U.S. American ‘International Motor Sports Association’ (IMSA).

The common goal: an American version of DTM. The earliest possible start of the new series that will use the technical regulations jointly developed by ITR e.V., the manufacturers and the German Motor Racing Association (DMSB) is the year 2015. This new series then could be a part of the United SportsCar Racing weekends.

GRAND-AM race.
GRAND-AM race.

Photo by: Jackie Buys

United SportsCar Racing was announced on March 14th, 2013, as name of a new race series that is created in the USA by the merger of GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), with IMSA acting as control authority.

Responsible for the joint enhancements of the regulations will be the newly founded Steering Committee that held its fi rst meeting within the framework of the DTM race at the Norisring in Nuremberg.

This board, comprising representatives of the series promoters and the manufacturers involved, will meet in a half year rhythm at least. Below the Steering Committee there is the Joint Technical Working Group.

Steering Committee – tasks and composition Three race series on three continents but just one set of technical regulations – a globally unique constellation.

Super GT race
Super GT race

Photo by: Andy Chan

To make sure that DTM in Europe, Super GT in Japan and a coming American series similar to DTM can operate optimally in the next years, close coordination between all the parties involved is a must.

This cooperation will be coordinated by a joint Steering Committee. In this committee, the series organisers involved, the motorsports authorities and the manufacturers involved will have seats and be entitled to vote. This board held its fi rst meeting in the run-up to the DTM round at Nuremberg’s Nürburgring. Representatives of all the three series, Super GT, GRAND-AM and DTM, jointly coordinate the use and enhancements of the DTM technical regulations introduced in 2012 that will also be used in Japan from 2014 and in America from 2015. In the future, the Steering Committee will meet every six months at least.

Members of the Steering Committee

Representing Super GT

– a representative of organiser GT Association; GTA
– a representative of each of the manufacturers involved: Honda, Nissan and Toyota
– a representative of the Japanese Automobile Association; JAF

Representing GRAND-AM

– a representative of the organiser GRAND-AM
– a representative of each of the manufacturers involved
– a representative of U.S. Motor Sports Association IMSA

Representing DTM – a representative of organiser ITR e.V.

– a representative of each of the manufacturers involved: Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz
– a representative of the German Motor Racing Association, DMSB

The Steering Committee supervises the work of a joint working group, the ‘Technical Working Group,’ and is the highest authority in the case of every decision concerning the technical regulations. The Technical Working Group communicates on a regular level and discusses possible modifi cations of the regulations, technical basics and suppliers of the control components.

Appointed members of the Technical Working Group are:

Representing Super GT

– a representative of the GTA’s technical department
– a representative of the Japanese Automobile Association, JAF
– a representative of each of the manufacturers involved: Honda, Nissan and Toyota

Representing GRAND-AM

– a selected GRAND-AM representative
– a representative of each of the future manufacturers

Representing DTM – a representative of the ITR e.V.’s technical department

– a representative of the German Motor Racing Association; DMSB
– a representative of each of the manufacturers involved: Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz

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