The DTM and Super GT have signed a deal to have common regulations, the new DTM regulations, starting from 2014.
“This is a very special day for all those involved but in addition, it also has got outstanding significance for the entire motor racing world. This unique cooperation was made possible by the right parties getting involved at the perfect point in time,” said Hans Werner Aufrecht, Chairman of DTM rights holder and promoter ITR e.V.
The contract was signed in Tokyo, Japan, and Massaki Banndoh, Chairman of GTA, the Super GT organisation, was pleased.
“We believe that this agreement will contribute greatly to the development of both the Super GT and DTM race series. We also think that deepening the relationship between DTM in Europe and Super GT in Asia toward the future may lead to new developments – such as organizing exchange races for both series – that have got what it takes to bring new excitement and pleasure to the fans around the world,” said Banndoh.
The deal means that DTM cars will be eligible in the Japanese Super GT championship and that Super GT cars will be allowed in the DTM.
“The GTA, ITR and the manufacturers involved are entering virgin soil. The Super GT in Japan and DTM have got many common ideas – a fact that became evident in the intense discussions we had in recent years. Now, these organisations are going to cooperate on the basis of shared technical regulations. A move that will guarantee maximum safety, spectacular sport and cost-efficient motor racing,” said Audi Motorsport Director Dr Wolfgang Ulrich.
With the current difference between the DTM and Super GT cars, a balance of performance (BOP) system will be used for a transitional period. DTM have cars represented from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz while Super GT have cars from Toyota, Nissan and Honda.