Glock renews calls for Supercars approach in DTM

Former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock has renewed calls for the DTM to adopt similar plans to Supercars, as ITR continues to assess its options amid Audi's impending exit

Glock renews calls for Supercars approach in DTM

The DTM has been left in a crisis after both R-Motorsport Aston Martin and Audi announced that they would leave the series during the extended 2019-20 winter break. R-Motorsport quit the DTM with immediate effect, a year after joining the category with a license from Aston Martin, while Audi will drop out of the championship at the conclusion of the 2020 season.

With BMW the only manufacturer left in the DTM for 2021 and Japanese marques unwilling to join the category to fill the void, ITR is likely to abandon Class One regulations, with upgraded GT3 cars and LMDh machinery being shortlisted by series boss Gerhard Berger as the two most likely future routes.

Glock, who first advocated a move to Supercars-like low-downforce, high-horsepower formula when Mercedes exited the DTM after 2018, remains adamant that Australian championship's approach is something the DTM could learn from.

"It's already late in the year so it will be difficult," said Glock, who has been racing for BMW in the DTM since 2013. "But I'm not giving up hope [on the DTM] because there is still the chance to do something based on GT3.

"As I've been saying for years, I would take the car in a more simple direction like Supercars. There are fewer aero parts, which would make the base cost of the car cheaper. That could be a way.

"I think the cars have around 300kgs of downforce, which, really, is nothing. And they more or less look like a road car.

"You could also go for a common chassis concept that could be used everywhere. As a brand you simply make your bodywork, and off you go.

"Then you don't have to ship the cars all the time. Instead you have three or four cars in America and three or four cars in Japan. You can just run the cars anywhere when you have a consistent concept. That would be the right way forward in my eyes."

Although Supercars has been praised internationally for its limited reliance on aerodynamics for performance, several leading drivers from the series have called for more aero cuts to improve racing.

The championship had previously evaluated a move to Class One amid Berger's push to make it an international formula, but the proposal was eventually shot down after it was deemed that it was too expensive for the series.

Supercars, which is also losing a long-time manufacturer in Holden after the current season, will instead introduce its own Gen3 regulations - the details of which are yet to be determined - in 2022.

shares
comments
DTM most likely to adopt beefed-up GT3 or LMDh rules for post-Audi future

Previous article

DTM most likely to adopt beefed-up GT3 or LMDh rules for post-Audi future

Next article

Audi could stay in DTM with GT3 rules

Audi could stay in DTM with GT3 rules
Load comments
Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM Plus

Why Albon has his work cut out in the new-look DTM

The DTM moves into its bold new GT3 era with welcome support from Red Bull, which enters two AF Corse-run Ferraris. That includes one for ex-F1 driver Alex Albon, who’s determined to make a success of his GT switch - but he knows it won't be easy...

DTM
Jun 17, 2021
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Plus

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One rule set, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race

DTM
Oct 13, 2020
How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror Plus

How a DTM failure became an unlikely Nurburgring conqueror

Opel's fortunes in the DTM had taken a turn for the worst by 2003 - hardly the pedigree that suggested it could take on the toughest 24-hour race of them all. But that's exactly what it did

DTM
Sep 23, 2020
The season that revitalised a sleeping giant Plus

The season that revitalised a sleeping giant

On the 20th anniversary of the resumption of hostilities in the DTM, Autosport revisits a classic season that brought a staple of German motorsport back to life with a bang and set in motion the careers of some notable names

DTM
May 28, 2020
Does 2000 hold the answers to DTM's current crisis? Plus

Does 2000 hold the answers to DTM's current crisis?

It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?

DTM
May 28, 2020
The last-chance saloon of Germany's forgotten tin-top champions Plus

The last-chance saloon of Germany's forgotten tin-top champions

The Opel Vectra GTS was the last in the line of the marque's DTM challengers, but failed to hit the lofty heights of its predecessors when financial constraints hit

DTM
May 15, 2020
Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers Plus

Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers

Audi last week announced it would be exiting the DTM at the end of 2020, bringing the curtain down on 20 years of continuous participation since the series' reboot in 2000. Autosport's expert panel ranks its 10 best drivers from the period

DTM
May 5, 2020
How the DTM landed itself in crisis Plus

How the DTM landed itself in crisis

Audi's announcement that it will withdraw from the DTM was the latest bodyblow for a series that has lost three manufacturers in as many years. Some major soul-searching will now be required to assess how it can survive

DTM
Apr 28, 2020