The DTM in its particular form is unique. It is the only racing series in the world that is exclusively dedicated to factory-backed teams and in which every one of the 24 drivers has the potential for winning. The three leading German premium manufacturers – Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz – are battling each other in fierce duels on the race track. Behind the scenes, they jointly work on continually developing and optimizing the series.
In 2015, the DTM largely reinvented itself. Since then, there have been two races per weekend, amounting to a double dose of action for the fans. Saturday and Sunday are separate race days, each with free practice, warm-up and qualifying sessions, and races. The motto is: “Keep it simple.” In qualifying, every driver has 20 minutes for delivering a fast lap and securing a good grid position. The first race on Saturday lasts 40 minutes – without a mandatory pit stop. Sunday’s race is 60 minutes, plus one lap, and every car has to pit once for a tire change.
For the teams and drivers, the format that was introduced means a great strain. “On Saturday and Sunday, there’s hardly a chance to take a breather,” says Dieter Gass, Head of DTM at Audi Sport. “Important decisions have to be made in a very short time. But the new format has proved successful. The fans simply get to see a lot more.
The 2016 DTM Champion was determined at nine events in a total of 18 races. For all 18 rounds, identical points are awarded in spite of the differences in race duration. All races were broadcast live on “Das Erste” in Germany. In n-tv and Sport1, the DTM has two more strong international TV partners. Around the globe, more than 100 countries air live or delayed-as-live broadcasts of the DTM. On YouTube, the DTM can be watched live in many countries as well.