DTM bosses plan to drop controversial performance weights system

Germany's motorsport authority DMSB has announced its intention to drop the DTM's current system of performance weights going forward

DTM bosses plan to drop controversial performance weights system

A system of ballast added or taken away from a base weight in accordance to the cars' performances was introduced in the DTM in 2014 and has seen numerous revamps since its arrival.

But the DMSB has now made it clear that it will be aiming to do away with the system altogether.

"Basically it's all about retaining a sporting and fair competition," DMSB president Hans-Joachim Stuck said.

"All previous versions of the performance weight rules contained the potential to be abused.

"There is only one logical consequence: we have to find a solution to finally get rid of the performance weights for the sake of the sport.

"After the race weekend at Moscow, I want to bring the relevant persons from the DTM commission - manufacturers, ITR [promoter] and DMSB - to the table in order to work on a conclusive solution."

The move to abolish performance weights already has the support of one of the series' three manufacturers in Audi.

Audi's motorsport boss Dieter Gass said: "We are happy that DMSB president Hans-Joachim Stuck found clear words during this discussion.

"We fully support his vision to get rid of the performance weights.

"This is what the fans want, the drivers, DTM boss Gerhard Berger and Audi, too - and we have had this wish for a long time already."

The series had started 2017 with a performance weights system based on qualifying pace, but since then the format has changed twice to different models where race laps from either the two or three best drivers from each manufacturer are used.

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