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Lausitzring DTM test: Have Audi and BMW been hiding their pace in testing?

The wide gulf in performance at Lausitzring has prompted discussions regarding the true speed of the cars under the current Balance of Performance in DTM, with many questioning why Audi and BMW were so far off the pace. 

DTM set to use one Michelin tyre compound in first GT3 season

The DTM is set to rely on a single tyre compound for the 2021 season under GT3 regulations, opting for the medium rubber from Michelin’s range.

KTM could join DTM in 2021 with Red Bull backing

KTM could make its debut in the new-look DTM this year with the new X-Bow car in a project backed by Red Bull, Autosport's sister platform (Germany) understands.

Mercedes wants open exhaust system in DTM this year

Mercedes wants the DTM to introduce open exhaust systems in the series this year to boost the sound made by the cars.

Button could make guest appearances in DTM next year

2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button could make guest appearances in the DTM in 2022 at the wheel of a McLaren 720S GT3, according to the co-owner of Jenson Team Rocket RJN, Chris Buncombe.

Rowe Racing won't enter Porsche in DTM this year

Rowe Racing will not enter a Porsche on top of its existing two-car BMW programme in the DTM, team boss Hans-Peter Naundorf has clarified.

DTM wants to be fastest GT3 series in 2021

The DTM is aiming to become the fastest GT3 championship in the world in 2021 with an aggressive use of the Balance of Performance system, according to the series’ technical chief.

Button's team withdraws McLaren entry from DTM

Jenson Team Rocket RJN has backed out of its planned DTM entry and will instead focus its efforts on GT World Challenge Europe and British GT in 2021.

Ghiotto, Floersch set for DTM switch in 2021

Formula 2 race winner Luca Ghiotto and ex-Formula 3 racer Sophia Floersch are poised to switch to the DTM for the series' first season under GT3 regulations, Autosport has learned.

Porsche team "really optimistic" about entering DTM

The Speed Monkeys team is in an “advanced planning stage” to field a Porsche 911 GT3 in the DTM this year for reigning DTM Trophy champion Tim Heinemann.

DTM made failed bid for Hulkenberg to race Lamborghini

Gerhard Berger planned a Lamborghini all-star team comprising ex-Formula 1 stars Nico Hulkenberg and Jacques Villeneuve for the 2021 DTM season but failed to strike a deal, Autosport has learned.

Ex-F1 driver Klien to contest part campaign in DTM

Former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien has revealed that he will contest selected rounds of the 2021 DTM season in a Mercedes AMG GT3.

Paffett set for DTM return with Mercedes team

Two-time DTM champion Gary Paffett is set to make a surprise return to the series in 2021 with Mercedes' customer Mucke Motorsport.

Auer set for DTM return as Mercedes factory driver

Lucas Auer is poised to return to the DTM as a factory driver for Mercedes in 2021, Autosport can reveal.

Aston Martin could enter DTM in 2021 having started talks with Racing One

Aston Martin could be represented on the 2021 DTM grid, having entered talks with the Racing One team about an entry with a Vantage GT3

Rast won't defend DTM title in 2021 with full focus on Formula E

Rene Rast has announced that he won't continue in the DTM for the first year of its GT3 era to defend his title

BMW to be represented in revamped GT3 era-DTM by Walkenhorst

Spa 24 Hour-winning squad Walkenhorst Motorsport has announced that it will enter the DTM this season, ensuring the venerable BMW M6 GT3 will be represented in the revamped series

Top touring car and sportcar squad Schnitzer Motorsport set to be liquidated

Multiple championship-winning touring car and sportscar squad Schnitzer Motorsport is set to be liquidated and preparing to sell its assets after BMW Motorsport decided against renewing its contract for 2021

Mercedes returns to DTM as it will give factory support to its customer teams

Mercedes-AMG will support its customer teams in the DTM this year, marking a return to the series for the first time since its factory exit in 2018

Formula E targets 15 races for 2020-21 season with fans in attendance

Formula E is targeting a record-breaking 15 races for the 2020-21 season and is "confident" fans will be able to attend events, according to championship co-founder Alberto Longo

Mercedes evaluating DTM customer team support for GT3 era

Mercedes is in discussions with the DTM regarding the possibility of supporting customer teams in the series, according to AMG customer support coordinator Thomas Jager

Phoenix Racing won't continue with Audi in new DTM era

Phoenix Racing has ruled out continuing its relationship with Audi in the new privateer era of the DTM, but is exploring other options to stay in the series

F1 podium finisher Albon set to race a Ferrari in the DTM

Alex Albon and Liam Lawson are set to race Ferrari 488 GT3s in the DTM as part of Red Bull's return to the category, Autosport has learned

Audi could use DTM engine in 'electric' Dakar entry from 2022

Audi's Class One-spec DTM engine could find its way into the manufacturer's upcoming 'electric' Dakar Rally challenger in 2022, Autosport has learned

BMW may be absent from DTM grid at the start of 2021

Former BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt has warned that the Munich-based manufacturer could be absent from the grid at the start of the 2021 DTM season

BMW could scale back IMSA GTLM programme to four endurance races

BMW could scale back its involvement in the IMSA SportsCar Championship next year to just the four long distance races as questions continue over the future of the GTLM class

Why the DTM made a U-turn on driving aids ban in 2021

The DTM has agreed to allow driving aids such as traction control and ABS in 2021, despite having originally not intended to use them for the series' new GT3 era

Berger expects Mercedes to return to DTM with GT3 rules

ITR chief Gerhard Berger expects Mercedes to rejoin the DTM with customer teams when the series adopts the GT-based regulations in 2021

Muller slams Green's "over the border" defending at Zolder DTM

Nico Muller has slammed Audi stablemate Jamie Green for what he felt was "over the border" defending during the second DTM race of the Zolder weekend on Sunday

Marquardt to step down from BMW Motorsport

Jens Marquardt is set to step down from his role as the director of BMW Motorsport with an official announcement expected later on Friday, Autosport can reveal

DTM set to abandon standing starts with GT3-based cars in 2021

The DTM is set to adopt rolling starts when it moves to GT3-based cars in 2021, following resistance from manufacturers to upgrade their cars to cope with standing starts

BMW could give in-development M4 GT3 car early DTM debut in 2021

BMW could consider giving its underdevelopment M4 GT3 car an early debut in the 2021 DTM season, according to the marque's motorsport director Jens Marquardt

Kubica having to rely on engineers to perform DTM pitstops

Robert Kubica has revealed that his ART team is having to deploy engineers to complete pitstops in the DTM because it doesn't have sufficient mechanics

Wittmann: BMW not yet back in DTM title fight

Marco Wittmann doesn't believe BMW is truly back in this year's DTM title fight, despite the marque securing its first win of the 2020 season at the Lausitzring last month

DTM to present GT Plus formula for 2021 season

The ITR is set to submit a draft for a 'GT Plus' DTM formula to Germany's motorsport federation before the end of August, Autosport has learned

Scheider urges changes in BMW DTM hierarchy after Spa "catastrophe"

Two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider has urged BMW to make changes to its organisation after what he described as a "real catastrophe" in the series' opening round at Spa

Rast summoned over alleged DTM push-to-pass infraction at Spa

Audi driver Rene Rast has been summoned by the DTM over allegedly using the push-to-pass boost in an illegal manner during the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps earlier this month

DTM cars break 300km/h barrier for first time in Spa season opener

DTM cars broke the 300km/h barrier for the first time in the series' history in last weekend's season opener at Spa

DTM set to bring back pitstop window for 2020 season

The DTM is set to introduce a number of changes to the sporting regulations for the 2020 season, including a return of a pitstop window, Autosport has learned

Audi could stay in DTM with GT3 rules

Audi has not ruled out staying in the DTM in some capacity beyond the end of the 2020 season, despite announcing its exit from the series in April

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

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

A move to beefed-up GT3 cars has emerged as the most likely option for the DTM's post-Audi future, Autosport can reveal, with LMDh machinery also in contention

Audi used Abt Formula E Esports controversy to "throw him out" - Glock

Former Formula 1 driver Timo Glock believes Audi took used Daniel Abt's Esports stunt to "throw him out", and had no intention of retaining the German driver long-term

DTM will abolish team orders for 2020, says Audi chief Gass

Audi Sport boss Dieter Gass has revealed that the DTM has abolished team orders for 2020

Delayed 2020 DTM season-opener at Norisring will be cancelled

The DTM season opener at Norisring will be cancelled after the city of Nuremberg denied permission for the race to go ahead as planned next month

DTM News: Why DTM won't be rescued by Japanese manufacturers

The DTM is in a race against time to ensure its survival beyond the current year, but it cannot expect a bailout from SUPER GT's manufacturers

DTM News: Season could still begin with Norisring street race

The DTM could still kick off its 2020 season at the Norisring in July, despite the obvious hurdles in hosting a street race during the coronavirus pandemic

DTM News: Series plans to follow F1 model of running consecutive events at same venue

The DTM is planning to host two consecutive rounds at as many circuits as possible in 2020, emulating the model Formula 1 intends to use to get its season underway

DTM News: Ex-F1 driver Glock says series should focus on German races in 2020

Ex-Formula 1 driver Timo Glock wants the DTM to "mainly concentrate" on racing in Germany this season as it drafts an updated calendar in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic

DTM News: Audi teams rule out running as privateers after 2020

Audi's DTM teams have warned it would be too expensive for them to compete in the series as privateers following the German manufacturer's withdrawal at the end of 2020

DTM News: Audi exit "worst-case scenario" for champion Rene Rast

Rene Rast has described Audi's exit from the DTM as the "worst case scenario" and reminiscent of the German manufacturer's withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship

Le Mans winner Stuck calls for DTM to switch to GT3 formula

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Hans-Joachim Stuck has advised the DTM to adopt GT3 cars to ensure the continued survival of the fabled touring car category

Rast: F1 refugee Kubica will face "difficult" challenge in DTM

Two-time DTM champion Rene Rast believes ex-Formula 1 star Robert Kubica will face a steep learning curve when he makes his debut in the touring car category later this year

Spengler wants proper DTM farewell race after abrupt BMW exit

Bruno Spengler says he would like to have a formal send-off from the DTM after his abrupt exit from BMW's line-up at the end of the 2019 season

DTM season-opener plunged into fresh doubt

The future of the DTM season opener at Norisring and the third round at Zolder has been plunged into doubt following new preventive measures against coronavirus in Germany and Belgium

Audi DTM squad faces "worst crisis" without racing due to COVID-19

The boss of Audi DTM squad Phoenix Racing has described the ongoing coronavirus situation as the "worst crisis" in his team's 20-year history

DTM boss Berger rules out hosting races behind closed doors

ITR chairman Gerhard Berger has ruled out DTM hosting races without spectators, even as the coronavirus crisis is expected to prevent mass gatherings of any kind for several months

Norisring DTM organisers seeking more time to decide race future

The organisers of the Norisring DTM event have requested more time to decide if their event, which is due to be the season-opener, can go ahead as planned in July

BMW "honoured" Wickens wants to test one of its DTM cars

BMW motorsport director Jens Marquardt is "honoured" that IndyCar driver Robert Wickens wants to drive one of the marque's DTM cars, although organising a test is not currently possible

2009 F1 champion Button expressed interest in DTM - Berger

ITR chairman Gerhard Berger says that 2009 Formula 1 champion Jenson Button was interested in racing in the DTM full-time, but could not as he does not live in Europe