Focus: The Germans Are Coming The FIA ETCC welcomes the DMSB Produktionswagen Meisterschaft WITHOUT FRONTIERS The Spa meeting is an exceptional event for the FIA European Touring Car Championship. Since three years the FIA and KSO, promoter...
Focus: The Germans Are Coming
The FIA ETCC welcomes the DMSB Produktionswagen Meisterschaft
The Spa meeting is an exceptional event for the FIA European Touring Car Championship.
Since three years the FIA and KSO, promoter of the FIA ETCC, have been working together to establish common technical regulations for international touring car competitions.
Since the launch of the FIA Super 2000 regulations in 2002, they have been steadily adopted by a number of national championships. So far the Super 2000 cars are eligible for the championships in Asia, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain and Sweden.
This spread of the FIA rules has already led to a practical result: for the first time, competitors of a national championship have been invited to race rounds valid for their own series within an FIA ETCC meeting.
In Spa, 10 competitors from the German DMSB Produktionswagen Meisterschaft will join the 26 FIA ETCC regulars, giving a record field of 36 cars. The experience will be repeated in Oschersleben, on September 19th.
THE RULES OF THE GAME
The competitors of the two championships will compete together, following the FIA ETCC Sporting Regulations.
They will be mixed together on the starting grid for Race 1, according to the times set in the qualifying session; and likewise for the starting grid for Race 2, according to the overall results of Race 1, with the top eight drivers classified placed in reverse order, irrespective of the championship they compete in.
POINTS -- Because the two championships have different tyre suppliers, the FIA ETCC competitors (on Michelin tyres) will not score points towards the DPM (on Dunlop tyres) and vice-versa.
BALLASTS -- The competitors will also stick to their own championship's weight handicap system, meaning that some of the top German cars will be heavier than the top FIA ETCC cars (see below):
FIA ETCC: 40 kg Priaulx; 30 kg Thompson; 20 kg Tarquini and D. Muller; 10 kg J. Muller
DMSB PM: 60 kg Hurtgen, Klenke and Hennerici; 30 kg Winkelhock; 20 kg Bernhardt and Engstler
WHAT IS THE DMSB PRODUKTIONSWAGEN MEISTERSCHAFT ?
The DMSB Produktionswagen Meisterschaft (formerly known as DTC, Deutsche Tourewnwagen Challenge), has adopted this year the FIA Super 2000 Technical Regulations. However, some competitors are still using interim cars, somewhere between the FIA Super Production and the FIA Super 2000.
The championship is divided in two classes, Division 1 for 2-litre cars, and Division 2 for 1.6-litre cars; however, only the Division 1 cars are eligible to race at the FIA ETCC events.
The championship is promoted by SAN (Service Agenthur Niemann), and it is normally run within the Beru Top 10 Series. The 2004 calendar comprises nine race meetings (including two with the FIA ETCC), for a total of 17 championship rounds. Traditionally, during the occasion of the Nurburgring 24 Hours meeting, only one race is held on the 24.4-km Nordschleife.
So far, five rounds of the championship have been disputed: Thomas Klenke and Patrick Bernhardt (both driving for Ford Ravenol Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus) took one win apiece in Oschersleben, then 2003 champion Claudia Hurtgen (Schubert Motors BMW 320i) won on the Nordschleife. The latest meeting at the Salzburgring, saw victories for Thomas Winkelhock (Schubert Motors BMW 320i) and Klenke.
The current championship classification is as follows:
1. Marc Hennerici (Wiechers Sport BMW 320i) 125 pts; 2. Thomas Klenke (Ford Ravenol Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus) 117; 3. Claudia Hurtgen (Schubert Motors BMW 320i) 112; 4. Thomas Winkelhock (Schubert Motors BMW 320i) 108; 5. Patrick Bernhardt (Ford Ravenol Hotfiel Sport Ford Focus); 6. Franz Engstler (Engstler Motorsport BMW 320i) 101; 7. Diego Romanini (Wiechers Sport BMW 320i) 101.