The DTM in its particular form is unique. It is the only racing series in the world that is exclusively dedicated to factory-backed teams. Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz are fielding a total of 18 cars – each car represents state-of-the-art technology and, as a result, is theoretically in contention for winning.
In 2015, the DTM largely reinvented itself. Since then, there have been two races per weekend, amounting to a double dose of action for the fans. Saturday and Sunday are separate race days, each with free practice, warm-up and qualifying sessions, and races. The motto is: “Keep it simple.” In qualifying, every driver has 20 minutes for delivering a fast lap and securing a good grid position.
2017 was seeing another major change. All three manufacturers were putting new cars on the grid to make the sport even more attractive. In addition, the new cars pose a greater challenge to the drivers. Aerodynamic downforce has been reduced by the regulations, engine power has increased to more than 500 HP and the softer tyres degrade faster in the race.
In addition, the tyres may no longer be preheated. This makes the initial laps following the start and a tyre change particularly thrilling. During the pit stops, only a total of eight mechanics may change the wheels. This makes the pit stops longer and more transparent for the spectators. All 18 races feature an identical format of 55 minutes, plus one lap including the tyre change.
The DTM is pursuing new avenues also in terms of presenting the starter field and its appearance in the paddock. Spectators are now able to peek into the pits of selected manufacturers.
From 2018, SAT.1 will exclusively cover the races of the popular touring-car series live in Germany. This means that the fans will be able to keep on watching the DTM races on a sports-orientated free-to-air station. The races will be broadcast under the well-established umbrella sports brand ‘ran’.