Following the news that the Formula One German Grand Prix was not going ahead this year at the Nürburgring, there was potential for the 2015 Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) calendar to be amended for this season.
After much deliberation between rights holders ITR e.V, the organizers at the Nürburgring and the three manufacturers currently competing, the calendar remains unchanged.
If the move to change the calendar at short notice was approved by all parties, the teams and drivers would be racing at this iconic track the weekend after Zandvoort, which takes place on the 10th to the 12th of July.
ITR e.V’s Chairman, Hans Werner Aufrecht, explained that the approach to look at the dates in July was a feasible one, and that it was done in the correct manner.
“In the end, however, the additional costs as well as the major organisational and logistic challenges that would have been caused by the shift spoke against making this move,” he added in an official statement.
Costs have been a topic of discussion, especially with the new format of two qualifying sessions and two races per weekend, along with drivers being limited in the amount of testing as from the beginning of this season.