Hans Werner Aufrecht: “Freezing the homologation of the DTM vehicles up to the end of the 2015 season represents an important step for reducing the costs,”
Wiesbaden. During its meeting on Wednesday, 04th June, 2014, the DMSB’s (German Motor Racing Association) commission responsible for DTM defined further cost-reduction measures for the most popular international touring-car series. The core factor is the freezing of the DTM vehicles’ homologation that came into force on 01st March, 2014, up to the end of the 2015 season. Also frozen was the extra homologation for individual components – mainly for the suspension area – that was carried out on 02nd June, 2014.
In the case of a joint application of all the three manufacturers involved in DTM – Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – DMSB may adapt the homologation-realisation deadlines. Within the scope of this arrangement, manufacturer Mercedes-Benz will be offered the opportunity to enhance their car within the specifications of the existing technical regulations and contest a day of testing up to 25th September (right before the 9th round of the DTM season).
In addition to passing this general arrangement, the DTM Commission also dealt with the course of the race action in the 2014 season. Should – for instance – the race control decide prior to a race to start it due to the weather conditions as wet race, thus allowing the use of wets, the time frame for the obligatory tyre change will be omitted, in the future. Furthermore, the practice on Saturday will comprise two 60-minute sessions instead of one 90-minute session. This arrangement arguably will be applied for the first time on the fourth DTM weekend, held at the Norisring.
The DTM Commission comprises the Motor Sport Directors of the three manufacturers involved in DTM – Dr Wolfgang Ullrich (Audi), Jens Marquardt (BMW) and Toto Wolff (Mercedes-Benz) – Hans Werner Aufrecht, Chairman of DTM rights holder and promoter ITR e.V., DMSB Honorary President Hermann Tomczyk, DMSB President Hans-Joachim Stuck, DMSB steering-committee member Dr. Gerd Ennser and DMSB Secretary General Christian Schacht.
“Freezing the homologation of the DTM vehicles up to the end of the 2015 season represents an important step for reducing the costs,” said Hans Werner Aufrecht. “The fact that the commission also defined exceptions that allow enhancements in certain circumstances demonstrates that the three premium-car manufacturers involved truly live the DTM spirit.”
“We met the wish of all the DTM manufacturers by defining clear regulations and deadlines for the homologation of the DTM vehicles while making sure that we keep the necessary flexibility,” explained DMSB President Hans-Joachim Stuck. “I’m convinced that it’s in the interest of DTM and even more so of the fans that all the manufacturers involved in the series are on a par with one another.”