Driver aids will be permitted in the new-look DTM in 2021, with ITR confirming that both traction control and anti-lock braking systems will be allowed in order to ‘lower the hurdle to enter the series’.
In recent years, the DTM has banned the use of common driver aids, with the onus being on the drivers and punishing mistakes.
But in line with the move to GT3 regulations, which feature easier-to-race machinery at a lower price point for customer teams, the DTM has swiftly confirmed that driver aids will be allowed.
Part of the rationale for allowing driver aids is due to the fact that manufacturers could not quickly or cost-effectively implement the deactivation of such systems.
It has also been confirmed that races will feature a rolling start, rather than standing starts as seen since the series’ inception.
Again, the reasons is due to cost, with clutches set to take less wear-and-tear from the rolling start oft seen in GT racing.
Despite the changes, some elements will remain. The DTM in 2021 will feature a sprint race of 55 minutes plus one lap on both Saturday and Sunday.
No driver changes will be permitted as in other GT series, whilst mandatory pit stops will also remain in places.
ITR has said that “numerous manufacturers and teams already have expressed their interest in submitting an entry for the 2021 DTM”
Frederic Elsner, ITR Event Director, explained the rationale behind the most obvious changes, which are due to effort and expense in the absence of much time.
“During the numerous conversations we have had with interested manufacturers and teams over the past weeks, we have come to a final opinion and have decided to admit ABS and traction control and to introduce the DTM formation start,” said Elsner.
“As a result, efforts and expenses are being reduced while the DTM’s high-quality motorsport will remain unaffected.
“The DTM’s proven elements like two sprint races per weekend, no driver changes and competitive pit stops will continue to provide spectacular action.”