DTM and Super GT have announced the specifics of the joint race, titled ‘Super GT x DTM Dream Race’.
The event will take place at Fuji Speedway in Japan on November 22-24. Fuji’s 4.5km track has always been a strong part of the Super GT calendar and has also hosted F1 in the past.
The highlights of the joint race are as follows:
- 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
ITR boss Gerhard Berger had this to say:
“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.”
His Japanese counterpart, Masaaki Bando said:
“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.”
Manufacturers Aston Martin, Audi and BMW will join from DTM while Honda, Nissan and Lexus will form the Japanese entries.
Additional sponsors of the event were also announced, Hankook and BHJ.