DTM announces new GT support series

DTM parent organization ITR has announced the formation of a new support series for the Germany and Benelux rounds of the 2020 DTM schedule. 

Named the DTM Trophy, the series is open to international teams and drivers and will feature two free-practice sessions per race weekend on Fridays, and a 20-minute qualifying session and 30-minute race each on Saturdays and Sundays.

The series will be open to near-series-spec GT cars eligible for FIA categories E2-SH and E2-SC of all manufacturers. Series' regular Audi, BMW and Aston Martin are eligible as well as Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, McLaren, Ford, Chevrolet, Lotus, Jaguar, Toyota and Nissan.

The series will feature Balance of Performance, which will be determined by the ITR. It will feature three separate classes: one for drivers, one for teams, and a junior category for drivers age 22 and under (born in 1998 or later).

The first DTM Trophy will be held across seven DTM race weekends: Zolder (24-26 April), Lausitzring (15-17 May), Anderstorp (12-14 June), Norisring (10-12 July), Assen (4-6 September), Nürburgring (11-13 September) and Hockenheimring (2-4 October).

“With the DTM Trophy, we’re creating an attractive package for both the ambitious young driver and the seasoned professional,” said ITR Managing Director Achim Kostron.

“The opportunity to race near-series-spec GT vehicles – a category supported by a diverse and attractive range of international automotive manufacturers – will make for a fantastic series that will be enjoyed by fans and competitors alike.”