DTM, Super GT and US series to adopt common rules by 2017
|By Jamie O'Leary||Saturday, July 13th 2013, 10:38 GMT|
The DTM has set a 2017 deadline by which time Super GT in Japan and the as-yet unnamed DTM America series will run to identical rules.
Series promoter the ITR announced on Saturday morning at the Norisring that the date for adoption of the series rules by both Grand-Am and Super GT had now been rubber-stamped.
This followed the first meeting of a new Steering Committee, featuring representatives of the DTM, Super GT and Grand-Am plus the respective motorsport federations of Germany, the USA and Japan, on Friday.
Grand-Am, which will run the North-American series, announced in March that it was targeting an inaugural season in 2015 or '16.
While this is still possible, it is not mandatory for it and Super GT to both run to a common set of DTM technical rules until the following season.
The announcement is believed to be linked to the DTM giving its manufacturers time to develop two-litre turbocharged engines for '16.
ITR chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht said: "The common goal of all the parties within the steering commission is to use common regulations from 2017 onwards. It is an important first step."
The next meeting of the Steering Committee is expected to take place at Daytona during next year's 24-hour race.