What we learned from the first DTM/SUPER GT joint-race
Last weekend at Hockenheim, DTM and SUPER GT cleared their first hurdle and raced side-by-side for the first time - but the real test is yet to come, with the long-promised Fuji 'Dream Race' just a matter of weeks away
After seven years of exasperating talk of Class One regulations, punctuated by a demonstration by SUPER GT at Hockenheim in 2017, the DTM and the Japanese series finally achieved the goal of having the two series go head-to-head on a racetrack.
But this was never going to be a true clash of Germany versus Japan at Hockenheim last weekend. Put simply, there were just far too many unknowns to make this a realistic contest at the very first attempt.
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