2019 will see two crossover race events for the DTM and Japanese Super GT series it has been confirmed.
Long expected to be the ultimate goal of both series following the deal to bring together ‘Class One’ regulations for the start of the 2019 season, it has now been confirmed that these two spectacular categories will run two crossover races during the coming season.
Both the German DTM touring car series and the Japanese Super GT category have a number of common regulations governing the build of these spectacular cars (although with minor differences), and the intention was always to eventually open up the door for interested manufacturers to participate in either category. In fact, demonstration events involving both sets of car already having run towards the back end of 2018 over in Japan, with the aim to see the categories perform competitive racing in the near future.
That future is closer than expected so it seems, with confirmation that both series will host cars from each category in a competitive round this year.
The DTM will host one Super GT car each from Honda, Toyota and Nissan at the season closing Hockenheim weekend, while Super GT set to take on select DTM cars at the Fuji Speedway following the end of the traditional DTM season.
"I’m delighted that we’ve taken a major step in regards to the planned joint event of SUPER GT and DTM,” said ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger.
"This is another milestone in the partnership of both series promoters GTA and ITR. I would like to thank GTA Chairman Masaaki Bandoh as well as the organization of the Fuji Speedway for their work so far. Fuji is a world-famous, modern racetrack – a worthy venue for a spectacle with racecars from SUPER GT and DTM."
GTA boss Masaaki Bandoh added: "The joint race meeting of DTM and SUPER GT finally can be realised. I’d love to thank ITR and its Chairman Gerhard Berger for the good collaboration. Furthermore, I thank the Fuji Speedway officials who were actively involved in the realisation of our plan. I’m really delighted that we are going to jointly organise this event."
No doubt great news for DTM and Super GT fans alike – this could well pave the way to further collaboration between the series and manufacturers in future years.
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