GT regulations confirmed for 2021 DTM as Audi and BMW leave ITR
The DTM promoter ITR has confirmed new GT regulations for independent teams for the 2021 DTM season. Also announced today is that Audi and BMW will leave ITR and that Gerhard Berger will take over the organisation.
“During the past months, we have been discussing various strategic options for the future of the DTM in complex negotiations,” said Gerhard Berger, chairman of ITR.
“In the past days, I have had very constructive talks with Audi and BMW. Both manufacturers enable for me to take over the full responsibility for the future of a race series in which, for the moment, primarily GT cars will be running.”
The move to GT regulations, that are yet to be specified but rumoured to be modified GT3 regulations, is supported by Audi and BMW.
“That Audi and BMW are supporting a scenario for continuation is great news for all the employees and motorsport fans,” said Berger.
“In the future, no longer the factories, but independent professional privateer teams will be competing for victories on the platform. For me, it was important that both manufacturers commit to this concept, in order for the GT models of these brands to race here as well. I have this commitment.
“Therefore, I express my sincere thanks to the manufacturers: with their decision, they not only have contributed essentially to securing the jobs at the ITR and the DTM partners, but also enable fans and supporters to continue to enjoy top-level motorsport. Now, I am looking forward to working on a sustainable strategy for the future, together with our strong partners like Sat.1, one that will thrill the fans.”
More to follow.