The DTM drivers have announced the birth of the new Driver Association (DTMDA). The goal of the newly-formed organisation is to unite all the drivers in the series and give them a stronger voice concerning safety standards and sporting regulations in particular.
Former Opel DTM driver and two-times Le Mans winner Manuel Reuter has been appointed as the DTMDA spokesperson, whereas each competing manufacturer will have its own representative, with Timo Scheider, Timo Glock and Gary Paffett appointed as spokespeople for Audi, BMW and Mercedes respectively.
The association is fully independent from the individual manufacturers, and will work with series promoter ITR as well as the German Motor Sport Association to make sure that shared viewpoints get a stronger voice in the future.
Meetings of the association will be regularly held at each DTM racing weekend.
Manuel Reuter, the association’s spokesperson, said: “I am honoured that the DTM drivers have put their trust in me, and that I am able to represent this select field of drivers in public….our task is, with a neutral voice, to present the greatest possible degree of transparency and diversity of opinion, focussing on one thing on racing weekends: producing captivating, top-class touring car racing.”
The DTMDA will start working as early as this weekend at Spielberg, Austria, where the sixth DTM event is being held.