The DTM has secured its future after this season and will become a privateer-led GT-based series for 2021.
The German Touring Car series has seen manufacturers flee in recent years with Mercedes and Aston Martin quitting, whilst Audi is set to leave at the end of the current season, leaving just BMW.
In an effort to rescue the series, organiser ITR announced on Saturday during the second Nurburgring weekend that it will switch to GT cars, although it has yet to confirm exactly which cars will be eligible.
The move has the support of both Audi and BMW, though both manufacturers have yet to confirm if they will commit to the series, either by supplying privateer outfits, or through factory-led teams which will still be permitted.
“During the past months, we have been discussing various strategic options for the future of the DTM in complex negotiations,” commented ITR chairman Gerhard Berger.
“In the past days, I have had very constructive talks with Audi and BMW. Both manufacturers enable for me to take over the full responsibility for the future of a race series in which, for the moment, primarily GT cars will be running.
“That Audi and BMW are supporting a scenario for continuation is great news for all the employees and motorsport fans. In the future, no longer the factories, but independent professional privateer teams will be competing for victories on the platform.
“For me, it was important that both manufacturers commit to this concept, in order for the GT models of these brands to race here as well. I have this commitment. Therefore, I express my sincere thanks to the manufacturers: with their decision, they not only have contributed essentially to securing the jobs at the ITR and the DTM partners, but also enable fans and supporters to continue to enjoy top-level motorsport.
“Now, I am looking forward to working on a sustainable strategy for the future, together with our strong partners like Sat.1, one that will thrill the fans.”