Thursday, December 8, 2022 by Philippe Brasseur
A week after the series passed under the control of the German federation (ADAC), the uncertainties concerning the future of the DTM series were lifted this Thursday in Germany: not only will the DTM series take place next year but it will be even the flagship ADAC series, thus relegating the ADAC GT Masters to the second championship for GT3 cars.
“The DTM will start under the ADAC umbrella from 2023 as the top of the German motorsport pyramid. After acquiring the rights to the DTM brand, ADAC is using its synergies to create future-oriented and sustainable structures, including the introduction of synthetic fuels,” announce the organizers of the series. The DTM will indeed use an innovative fuel from Shell, made up of 50% renewable components, as part of a new concept of sustainability.
The unique concept that made the DTM series internationally famous will be retained with one driver per car as before and the maintenance of GT3 regulations for the cars. However, it will be the organization SRO, the promoter of the World Challenge GT series around the world, which will set up the Balance of Performance (BoP) of the cars in the series, as is already the case for the ADAC GT Masters. .
The calendar will feature 8 events, each of two races, all on the European continent. For ADAC sports president Gerd Ennser: “The DTM has an international reputation, but the heart of the DTM beats in Germany. It was very important for us to focus on our core market”. However, two events will be presented outside the German borders, in Austria and the Netherlands.
Tire changes will continue to be a deciding factor in DTM racing but it will now be Pirelli that will equip all cars in the series from 2023.
As for the ADAC GT Masters series, it will be presented jointly with the Prototypes Cup Germany championship to form the two so-called ADAC DTM Endurance series. The GT3 races of the ADAC GT Masters and LMP3 will evolve during 6 events which will not conflict with those of DTM. The ADAC is currently in talks with the ACO (the organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans) to coordinate the details of the LMP3 series.
In addition to the new DTM Endurance, the ADAC GT4 Germany, the BMW M2 Racing Cup and the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany are also an integral part of the DTM programme. On the other hand, the DTM TRophy series will disappear since the ADAC already has a championship for GT4 cars.
There will also be no conflicting dates with international GT World Challenge Europe races and the major 24-hour races around the world. Finally, note that no Canadian driver should be on track in the DTM series in 2023, Mercedes having chosen to run Mikaël Grenier in the Endurance series after only one season spent in the series for the driver from Quebec. As for Bruno Spengler, DTM champion in 2012, BMW Motorsport seems to want to limit him to an occasional driver role in various GT3 series. Bruno should not ride in IMSA next year either.
DTM Series Calendar 2023
May 26 to 28: Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (Germany)
June 23 to 25: Zandvoort (Netherlands)
July 7 to 9: Norisring – Nüremberg (Germany)
August 4 to 6: Nürburgring (Germany)
August 18 to 20: Lausitzring (Germany)
September 8 to 10: Sachsenring (Germany)
September 22 to 24: Red Bull Ring – Spielberg (Austria)
October 20 to 22: Hockenheim (Germany)