DTM reverts to fixed lap distances for 2019

The DTM will switch from timed races to a fixed number of laps for the 2019 season, it has been confirmed.

DTM reverts to fixed lap distances for 2019

For the last two seasons, the German tin-top series' races have all been run to 55 minutes, plus an extra lap, after it was decided to make both races in a weekend the same length.

This year, the DTM will return to a set number of laps per race for the first time since 2014, based on a duration of "approximately 58 minutes" according to a series statement.

Races can also can be extended by up to three laps in the event of a safety car period, in similar fashion to the BTCC, but with a time limit of 70 minutes.

Another change for the 2019 campaign is that only the best four cars from each marque will count towards the manufacturers' championship, instead of all cars.

This is to accommodate the new R-Motorsport Aston Martin operation, which only has four cars on the grid as opposed to BMW's six and Audi's eight (including the two WRT-run cars).

The DTM, which is embarking on a new era this year with turbocharged four-cylinder engines conforming to Class One rules, had previously announced other rules tweaks for 2019, including the introduction of a new push-to-pass system and revised DRS usage rules.

In other technical changes, launch control has been abolished for the new season, while a rear camera - similar to those used in Super GT - replaces the central interior mirror.

The series has also modified its race weekend format, cutting down from three practice sessions per weekend to two. Both will take place on the Friday of each event, except Brands Hatch, where local noise restrictions mean there is a condensed two-day schedule.

Read Also:

shares
comments
BMW expresses reliability fears with new turbo engines

Previous article

BMW expresses reliability fears with new turbo engines

Next article

Gallery: BMW unveils its DTM liveries for 2019

Gallery: BMW unveils its DTM liveries for 2019
Load comments
The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king Prime

The slow-burner threatening to unseat Audi's DTM king

It's taken him a while to emerge as a consistent title challenger, but in the final year of DTM's Class One ruleset, Nico Muller has smoothed the rough edges and has double champion stablemate Rene Rast working harder than ever to keep up in the title race.

DTM
Oct 14, 2020
Does 2000 hold the answers to the DTM's current crisis? Prime

Does 2000 hold the answers to the DTM's current crisis?

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?

DTM
May 28, 2020
Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers Prime

Ranking the 10 best Audi DTM drivers

Audi last week announced it would be exiting the DTM at the end of 2020, bringing the curtain down on 20 years of continuous participation since the series' reboot in 2000.

DTM
May 5, 2020
Why the DTM must reinvent itself after Audi exit Prime

Why the DTM must reinvent itself after Audi exit

Audi's announcement that it will withdraw from the DTM at the end of 2020 was the latest blow for a series that has lost three manufacturers in as many years. Some major soul-searching will now be required to assess how it can survive.

DTM
Apr 28, 2020
Why cynic Berger changed his mind over green tech in racing Prime

Why cynic Berger changed his mind over green tech in racing

DTM boss Gerhard Berger was a detractor of Formula E and held a reluctance for his series to embrace greener engine technologies. However, this cynic's tune has had to change to ensure DTM's existence as the motorsport world moves forward

DTM
Dec 13, 2019
What the fallout from Aston's engine split means for 2020 Prime

What the fallout from Aston's engine split means for 2020

Aston Martin's DTM arrival, via the R-Motorsport outfit, was heralded as a salvation of sorts for the series. After plenty of bumps in the road in 2019, the team finds itself in a similar position to the one it was in 12 months ago. Can it get its act together?

DTM
Dec 6, 2019
How the DTM and Super GT can build on their experiment Prime

How the DTM and Super GT can build on their experiment

The Class One 'Dream Race' staged by the DTM and SUPER GT proved a hit - from a competitive and collaborative standpoint. The next step will be for both parties to ensure a successful trial ends up being more than just that.

Super GT
Nov 29, 2019
Robot pitcrews and hydrogen – is DTM's concept plausible? Prime

Robot pitcrews and hydrogen – is DTM's concept plausible?

DTM organiser ITR has mooted a radical plan for a "truly new and inspiring" future motorsport series. How realistic are its suggestions of automated pitstops and 1000bhp hydrogen-fuelled touring cars?

DTM
Nov 11, 2019