How the DTM and Super GT can build on their experiment
The Class One 'Dream Race' staged by the DTM and Super GT proved a hit - from a competitive and collaborative standpoint. The next step will be for both parties to ensure a successful trial ends up being more than just that
"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.
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