The DTM has been left in an emergency after both R-Motorsport Aston Martin and Audi announced that they would leave the series through the extended 2019/20 winter break. R-Motorsport quit the DTM with immediate effect, annually after joining the category with a license from Aston Martin, while Audi will drop out of the championship at the conclusion of the 2020 season.
With BMW the only manufacturer left in the DTM for 2021 and SUPER GT’s Japanese marques unwilling to join the category to fill the void, ITR is likely to abandon its current Class One regulations, with upgraded GT3 cars and LMDh machinery being shortlisted by series boss Gerhard Berger since the two probably future routes.
Glock, who first advocated a move to Supercars-like low-downforce, high-horsepower formula when Mercedes exited the DTM after 2018, remains adamant that Australian championship’s approach is something the DTM could study from.
“It’s already late in the entire year so it will undoubtedly be difficult,” said Glock, who has been racing for BMW in the DTM since 2013. “But I’m not stopping hope [on the DTM] because there is still the chance to make a move based on GT3.
“As I’ve been saying for years, I’d take the automobile in an even more simple direction like Supercars. There are fewer aero parts, which will make the beds base cost of the car cheaper. That is actually a way.
“I think the cars have around 300 kg’s of downforce, which, really, is nothing. And they more or less appear to be a road car.
“You may also go for a common chassis concept that might be used every-where. As a brandname you simply make your bodywork, and off you go.
“Then you don’t have to ship the cars all the time. Instead you have three or four cars in America and three or four cars in Japan. You can just run the cars anywhere when you have a consistent concept. That would be the right way forward in my eyes.”
Although Supercars has been praised internationally for its limited reliance on aerodynamics for performance, several leading drivers from the series have called for more aero cuts to improve racing.
The championship had previously evaluated a go on to Class One amid Berger’s push to create it a global formula, however the proposal was eventually shot down after it had been deemed that it was too expensive for the series.
Supercars, which is also losing a long-time manufacturer in Holden after the current season, will instead introduce its own Gen3 regulations – the details that are yet to be determined – in 2022.
Timo Glock, BMW Team RMG
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