The 2020 DTM season will kick off at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit after the cancellation of the Norisring rounds was made official on Friday.
The planned DTM season opener at Norisring is set to be cancelled after the city of Nuremberg denied permission for the race to go ahead as planned next month.
The DTM has announced a revised 2020 calendar amid the coronavirus pandemic, with Spa-Francorchamps becoming a surprise late addition to the schedule.
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, despite the two series agreeing to share a common ruleset.
DTM race-winner Manuel Reuter believes that the series made “exactly the same mistakes” as the International Touring Car Championship by putting its focus on engineering that raised costs for entrants.
It's 20 years since the DTM roared back into life at a packed Hockenheim with a back-to-basics approach as the antidote to its high-tech past. Now it's on its knees again, so is it time to recall the lessons learned in 2000?
Nick Cassidy feels SUPER GT's push to harmonise its rules with the DTM was still worthwhile, despite Audi's pending withdrawal from the latter series plunging the future of Class One into doubt.
The chances of DTM’s survival beyond 2020 are “dwindling day-by-day” following the successive exits of R-Motorsport Aston Martin and Audi from the series, according to five-time race winner Timo Glock.
Audi motorsport chief Dieter Gass believes it would be “pretty unfair” to accuse the German manufacturer of being the “gravedigger” of the DTM in the wake of its withdrawal from the series.
BMW has hit out at an “unsporting” Audi for not notifying its German rival about its impending exit from the DTM.
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