The Austrian and his squad are intensively working to make the DTM fit for the future. In 2017, there were softer tires, more engine power, a reduced number of mechanics for the pit stops, a changed paddock look, plus the so-called “pit view” that makes it possible for spectators to look at the garages of the DTM teams.
“Last year, we took a lot of steps in the right direction,” says Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “We saw thrilling racing and a title decision among four drivers in the last race. For the fans, too, a lot more was done than in the past. In 2018, we’re taking further steps to continue to improve on what’s already a high level.”
The cars’ aerodynamics is now specified and downforce has been reduced by about 25 percent. The controversial performance weights that in the past repeatedly resulted in tactical games were abolished. In 2018, there is nothing but flat-out racing.
In 2019, the introduction of modern and efficient four-cylinder turbo engines is on the agenda, plus the premiere of the so-called “Class One” that is driven by the DTM and the Japanese Super GT. The joint regulations are intended to make it possible to field the cars in both championships and provide the basis for joint races.
Major changes in marketing the DTM have already been made this year. The new TV partner in German-speaking regions is SAT.1. The private channel dedicates plenty of air time to the DTM. Globally, the renowned sports rights agency IMG has assumed responsibility for TV marketing of the series.
Instead of nine events, there are ten, each with two races, on the 2018 calendar. New on the DTM calendar are the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch and two night races at Misano on Italy’s Adriatic Coast.