"Honestly, I was standing on the starting grid and when I saw all the different manufacturers coming in with all the colours and brand names, I think that's the one," says DTM boss Gerhard Berger. "That's what we need to focus everything on. We need to hang on until we make it happen. It's hard sometimes, and frustrating, but when you see the result of it, that's the way to go. Go for this category in motorsport. 100% sure."
The 'Super GT x DTM Dream Race' weekend at Fuji was a big moment for Berger and the fruition of work that intensified in 2017 when he became DTM boss. He'd barely got his feet under the table before the first crisis hit: Mercedes announcing its withdrawal from the series at the end of the following year in favour of Formula E.
Immediately he pulled out his contact book and called up manufacturer after manufacturer in an attempt to plug the gap while reviving the long-dormant talks with Super GT over united regulations.