DTM homologation rules decision due this week
|By Andrew van Leeuwen||Monday, June 2nd 2014, 13:53 GMT|
A decision on the time period for which 2014-specification DTM cars will be homologated for is expected to be made at a series commission meeting this week.
The final deadline for 2014 homologation was at the end of Sunday's race in Budapest, with the cars set to be fully homologated in that specification.
Now, the DTM commission - which consists of representatives from promoter ITR, the Deutsche Motor Sport Bund (Germany's MSA), and the three manufacturers - will meet to discuss whether the homologation will remain frozen only until the end of this season, or be extended into the future, as it was in 2012.
"It's actually not different to 2012," said BMW's motorsport boss Jens Marquardt. "We made new rules, and the approach was to make everything safe, spectacular, and also affordable. At the end of 2012 we decided to extend the homologation for another year.
"Then, after two years with the regulations, it was decided we could make an evolutionary development. That's what we all did for 2014, we have all developed new cars.
"The reasoning [for extended homologation] is very clear - to keep the costs in the DTM at a level that fits. So, the plan is clear. Next week we will have a result."
ASSISTANCE FOR MERCEDES?
One sticking point could be the poor performance of the Mercedes C-Coupe.
AUTOSPORT understands that another topic of discussion will whether or not Mercedes will be allowed to re-homologate parts in the future, so as not to condemn the brand to further seasons with an uncompetitive car.
However, both Mercedes and rivals Audi were tight-lipped on the details of the homologation subject when quizzed at the Hungaroring.
"As long as there hasn't been a discussion, we should, in my opinion, not make anything public," said Audi's motorsport boss Dieter Gass. "If the manufacturers go to public and say 'we should do this and this', it puts the DMSB in a tough position."
"The homologation date is June 2," said Mercedes DTM chief Wolfgang Schattling. "Every manufacturer has to homologate their things by June 2."
The DTM commission meeting will be held on Wednesday.