BMW Motorsport commits support to DTM using “Class One” regulations

BMW Motorsport commits support to DTM using “Class One” regulations

Marco Wittmann
Photo: BMW AG

BMW Motorsport continues to support the “Class One” regulations that are meant to be put into force in the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters for 2019, after Mercedes-AMG Motorsport withdraws from further participation.

Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt admitted that the Munich-based brand is “involved in intensive discussions with ITR chairman Gerhard Berger and with manufacturers to develop a viable concept for the future.”

With all interested parties now battling to keep the DTM going after the conclusion of the 2018 season, including BMW, the changes that Marquardt explained, could help the series to flourish once again, following the departure of the Stuttgart brand.

“This is as well as keeping the fans entertained through the DTM becoming an attractive and innovative platform and continue to provide fans with exciting motorsport in a top-level competitive environment,” he said, via an official statement.

“We support the introduction of the so-called Class One regulations and are prepared to equip DTM cars with extremely highly efficient and more powerful four-cylinder turbo engines and reduced aerodynamics.

“This would open the door for standardised, global regulations and allow the DTM to drive on the same technical foundation as the cars in the Japanese Super GT Championship, for example.”

Marquardt also feels that the added benefit of new manufacturers jumping on board with DTM will ensure its survival, as well as making it a more international championship.