The DTM wants to be more global, not more a european series like it has been for years.
Ok, they raced twice in Shanghai, but this races weren’t really good and the chinese people as we know don’t give attention to motorsport.
So after the the cooperation with the Super-GT for 2014, the ITR and IMSA have decided today to do a cooperation for 2015-with the DTM and the new USCR. The “US-DTM” could be a support series for the USCR, so it will come on TV.
But there are two problems the ITR has to solve. The lack of cars and manufactures maybe?
That shouldn’t be a problem. They have Mercedes, Audi and BMW from the DTM and Lexus, Honda and Nissan from the Super GT.
Cadillac, Dodge-SRT and Lincoln (!) have also interest to involve in the series.
No exciting circuits? I think it will be incredible to see those cars at Sebring, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca or Road America.
But the problem is the DTM as a series.
If you ever watched a DTM race on TV, you may have noticed that the races are quite boring for Touring car races.
They give a penalty after the other, lack of overtaking (most of the time) and of course no last lap action.
I mean Americans want to see how drivers are fighting hard for positions at the last lap and then to see how they all crash at the last corner and you don’t know who is going to win.
That’s why Nascar is so popular.
The next big problem are the aerodynamics.
Maybe they are interesting for us europeans or asians, but americans don’t give a s**t.
That’s one of the reasons why F1 is not so popular over there and also one of reasons why the LMP1 class didn’t survive for the USCR.
So the target for the ITR and the IMSA has to be, less aerodynamcis, so the drivers can make the difference of winning and losing- not the aeros.
I really hope the DTM cars will look like the cars from the Super GT.
The Super GT has incredible racing in contrast to the DTM and the sounds of the engines are magnificent!!!
The Honda HSV 010 sounds like a F1 car, the cars look brilliant and this series is very popular in Asia.
So ITR take the GTA (The association of the Super GT) as a example and learn from them.
But the ITR is already going in F1 direction with the addition of the option tires and DRS system for 2013.
These are Touring cars, they don’t need that to have great racing (again Super GT as example).
But when the DTM wants to be global, why didn’t they cooperate with the WTCC?
The WTCC will have new regulations anyway, so why didn’t they use it as a opportunity?
Maybe they don’t want to work with the FIA, i don’t know.
So lets wait and see how it will work out.
Stefano Coletti has left Sepang as the early GP2 Series points leader after taking a win and a podium from the opening round of the season.
Coletti had led the majority of Saturday’s feature race before tyre problems dropped him to third in the closing stages, but the Monegasque driver bounced back in the sprint race, making a great start from sixth to lead the opening lap and the Rapax driver never lost the lead, holding off a charging Felipe Nasr in the closing stages to take the win.
Fabio Leimer’s win in the feature race leaves him in second place in the standings, 11 points behind Coletti, although he will be disappointed not to have left Malaysia as the points leader after a poor sprint race, which included a major excursion through the gravel, left him empty-handed.
It was also a sprint race to forget for James Calado, who…
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