Audi attaches condition to its DTM future
Audi has confirmed that its DTM programme will continue in the 2019 season, but has warned that at least one more manufacturer must participate in 2020 for it to remain in the series beyond that.
The confirmation of Audi’s participation will be a relief to DTM, which after Mercedes’ departure at the end of this year will leave just Audi and BMW competing in the touring car series.
In a statement confirming its continued involvement, the German manufacturer said: “Following Mercedes-Benz’ exit, a minimum of three brands being represented from 2020 on at the latest will be its prerequisite for Audi’s continuing DTM.”
Audi, however, believes that its condition will be met, with the firm’s head of motorsport, Dieter Gass, expressing “great confidence in DTM boss Gerhard Berger bringing this competitor to the grid for 2020 at the latest.”
Gass also explained that the rule changes for the next DTM season, of which the most significant is a switch from the four-litre V8s currently in use to two-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engines in order to meet the Class One regulations that are also to be adopted by the Japanese Super GT Series, were a positive step for DTM, and showed the “potential” of the series.
“Four-cylinder turbo units with two litres of displacement provide a good mix of performance and efficiency,” added Audi board member for technical development, Peter Mertens. “They are the most important engines worldwide and will be used in Class One starting in 2019. As a result, the DTM – just like Formula E – will receive an increased reference to production development.”