IMSA shows interest in DTM/Super GT's Class One regulations

The IMSA SportsCar Championship has shown interest in the Class One regulations used by the DTM and Super GT

IMSA shows interest in DTM/Super GT's Class One regulations

Autosport understands that IMSA personnel attended the DTM round at the Nurburgring in September and DTM boss Gerhard Berger described Class One discussions as "the first starting words" between the two series.

The DTM and IMSA have worked together in the past when the idea of 'DTM America' was mooted for 2017 but fell through after failing to attract American manufacturers.

IMSA predecessor Grand-Am had also previously signed a licensing and technical deal with the DTM as a precursor to a series in the States.

It is currently unclear as to how Class One could fit into IMSA, should the series decide to go in that direction, although it has been mooted as a contender for both the GTE class and the next generation of DPi cars slated for the 2022 season.

The DTM is continuing on its path towards hybridisation, which is expected to be introduced for 2022, and BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt believes hybrid power is an appeal for IMSA.

When asked by Autosport where the Class One regulations could fit into IMSA, Marquardt said: "We are discussing with them [IMSA on] more the technical basis of let's say a hybrid system.

"I think they are looking at DPi 2.0 and I think you can start cooperation or collaborations, on let's say a purely technical level, and then see where does that lead to."

IMSA has undergone a leadership change with Scott Atherton set to retire from his position as president and he has now been replaced by John Doonan, who was formerly the leader of Mazda's IMSA DPi programme.

Doonan told Autosport that he had not heard of any Class One plans, but that he is still integrating into his new role and he will shadow Atherton for the rest of the year.

Autosport has approached IMSA for comment over its potential interest in Class One regulations.

The DTM and Super GT held its first true joint racing at Hockenheim earlier this month and both Berger and his Super GT counterpart Masaaki Bandoh discussed the long-term potential of Class One in a press conference.

Asked by Autosport if he expected Class One to expand globally, Bandoh said: "We've got three manufacturers from Japan on the domestic level and also there are several manufacturers in the DTM - Aston Martin, Audi and BMW - now.

"The two domestic levels have joined and now we have six manufacturers.

"On this basis, we achieved the common regulations in 'Class One' and we would like to develop this basis on the global level and we have to discuss quite a bit more about them, and we want to present our achievement for other manufacturers.

"And we have to talk about the topic like how we can achieve many more manufacturers and how we can get the costs down. This is the first big step for us.

"In the future, we would like to think on a global level and we can achieve more manufacturers from all over the world."

shares
comments
Architect of Mazda DPi programme John Doonan appointed IMSA president

Previous article

Architect of Mazda DPi programme John Doonan appointed IMSA president

Next article

Jan Magnussen dropped by Corvette after 16 years

Jan Magnussen dropped by Corvette after 16 years
Load comments

About this article

Series IMSA
Author Tom Errington
Why IMSA glory for Mazda would be a bittersweet ending Plus

Why IMSA glory for Mazda would be a bittersweet ending

Mazda believes it has never had a better chance of clinching the title in IMSA's Prototype division. Achieving this goal would be the bittersweet culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit

IMSA
Apr 11, 2021
The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault Plus

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault

After taking over Corvette Racing from long-time custodian Doug Fehan, 34-year-old Laura Wontrop Klauser is leading General Motors through a transitional phase in sportscar racing. Here’s how she got into her dream role and what she plans to do with it

IMSA
Mar 21, 2021
Nine things to look out for at the 2021 Daytona 24 Hours Plus

Nine things to look out for at the 2021 Daytona 24 Hours

After a 100-minute sprint race to whet the appetite, the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship gets underway properly this weekend. With plenty of significant changes during the winter, here are the key points you need to keep an eye on

IMSA
Jan 29, 2021
Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars Plus

Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars

Having gone over seven years without a race win through spells with McLaren, Renault and Haas, Kevin Magnussen's departure from Formula 1 for IMSA with big-hitter Chip Ganassi Racing could give him what he craves most - a chance of success

IMSA
Jan 29, 2021
Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Plus

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories

IMSA
Jan 28, 2021
The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked Plus

The 12 greatest Sebring 12 Hours ranked

The 2020 edition of the Florida sportscar classic is finally taking place this weekend, eight months after its traditional date in March. That meant there was plenty of time for Autosport to pour over its previous 67 races and select the best

IMSA
Nov 11, 2020
When Porsche became a giant-killer Plus

When Porsche became a giant-killer

In the first of a new series celebrating underdog achievements from the annals of motorsport history, we revisit the 2015 Petit Le Mans - where a tyre advantage in appallingly wet conditions helped the GT cars overcome the prototypes

IMSA
Apr 15, 2020
Why one car was "too fast for everyone" at Daytona Plus

Why one car was "too fast for everyone" at Daytona

Cadillac's 100% streak of Daytona 24 Hours DPi-based victories was extended last weekend, with the Wayne Taylor Racing squad triumphant. But the manner of that victory was the real story of the first major sportscar race of 2020

IMSA
Jan 27, 2020