In the wake of Mercedes’ exit on the cease of 2018, DTM promoter ITR moved to undertake Class One regulations in the hope of an huge collaboration with the Japanese SUPER GT series.
But following the withdrawal of the R-Motorsport Aston Martin location-up and with Audi location to proceed the DTM on the cease of the 2020 season, the ITR is now resulting from propose ‘GT Plus’ regulations the exercise of modified GT3 vehicles for subsequent year.
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Audi and BMW are the finest closing producers in the series at this time, and of the 10 races held up to now this season Audi has received eight.
This has led 2004 and 2007 title winner Ekstrom to hit out on the DTM’s contemporary health, announcing in an distinctive press convention: “Or not it is miles never always true for the entertainment we’d like nowadays to compete in opposition to other sports activities.”
When requested if Ekstrom – who used to be fair fair these days launched as the male driver for Abt-Cupra’s 2021 Coarse E team – composed adopted the series, he mentioned: “Steadily, when I in point of fact own time.
“For me, the DTM has been my lifestyles. So an extended time I used to be there, I came as rather younger guy and made my profession there. I will be succesful of not converse thanks enough to DTM or Audi, Abt and Crimson Bull for the crimson meat up I had there.
“But when I glance what’s going down now, and [as a former Audi driver] it is too dull.
“The domination of Audi is a compliment for they are doing a blinding job, but BMW just just isn’t making the show masks vast. The entertainment cost is a piece too low.”
Ekstrom added that, with out reference to moves in contemporary years to carve abet downforce phases, the sizzling breed of turbocharged Class One vehicles are too expensive.
He persevered: “The excessive-tech element of the DTM is vast in a single methodology, on the different hand it moreover makes it in point of fact excessive mark.I don’t reflect DTM, in the methodology it is carried out nowadays, is wished. The world would not want that.
“Whereas it is most likely you’ll perchance well originate entertainment [at a] decrease cost for a noteworthy broader self-discipline, then the viewers will most likely be bigger and better again, on myth of there are composed a model of followers which are car enthusiasts.
“But to own only two producers love it is nowadays, it is miles never always true for the entertainment we’d like nowadays to compete in opposition to other sports activities.”