The DTM and Super GT have announced plans of joint races which will initially take place in November at Fuji Speedway in Japan.
At a joint press conference with DTM Chairman Gerherd Berger and Super GT Chairman Masaaki Bandoh they announced plans for the Super GT X DTM Dream Race which is due to take place from November 22-24.
The key facts for the weekend:
- Two races of equal length on Saturday and Sunday: races last 55 minutes plus one lap (plus a maximum of three additional laps if a Safety Car is deployed)
- One mandatory pit-stop per race, during which all four wheels must be changed
- Refuelling or driver changes are prohibited
- All participants race on Hankook’s 2019 “Ventus Race” DTM control tyres
- DTM’s DRS (Drag Reduction System) and push-to-pass systems will not be used
- Support program includes a separate sprint race with the GT300 cars from the SUPER GT series
Hankook tires will supply the team for the weekend and speaking about the event, Gerherd Berger said:
On behalf of the ITR and all the manufacturers represented in the DTM, I would like to thank Bandoh-san, the GTA, and the representatives of Fuji Speedway for their continued co-operation.
“Our co-operation works so well because we share the same values: genuine, exciting motorsport is always our top priority. And that’s what we want to offer our fans in both Europe and Asia.
“The ‘Dream Race’ in November marks another milestone in the partnership between GTA and ITR. In 2017, we hosted the first joint demo laps for SUPER GT and DTM cars at Hockenheim and Motegi. Last year, we introduced our common technical regulations. And this year, we will be racing together for the first time.
“We’ll get our first taste of that at the DTM season finale in Hockenheim, in October, when we welcome three guest starters from Honda, Nissan and Lexus. Then the ‘Dream Race’ in Fuji will be the grand finale of our 2019 motorsport calendar.”
Super GT Chairman Masaaki Bandoh commented on the race saying:
GTA has been discussing the integration of the technical regulations with ITR since 2010. It’s been a long and bumpy road; but, with everybody’s efforts, we were able to conduct a demo run at Hockenheim in 2017 and make people aware of ‘CLASS 1’ and SUPER GT.
“Both GTA and ITR have been working steadily together to create the common technical regulations for ‘CLASS 1’. Having the common conviction that the same technical regulations could be established in Europe and Asia, we then developed detailed plans and held advanced discussions to establish regulations which help to unify, while also reducing costs.
“We are very pleased to be able to hold a race based on the ‘CLASS 1’ regulations in Japan and would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to Chairman Berger and the manufacturers.
“We now wish to further develop our common technical regulations in order to gain the support and understanding of as many manufacturers as possible.