New race formats for new DTM season
In the 2015 season, DTM will provide the spectators a new race format with two races of equal value per weekend. The goal is to make competition even more attractive for both crowd on the site and the TV audience. All the race meetings will feature a championship round on Saturday and second on Sunday with full championship points being awarded for both races. Another change is that the drivers will have to contest 20 minutes qualifying sessions on both days that will be crucial for the grid position for the race.
There are differences between the Saturday and Sunday races – the duration and the number of pit stops. On Saturday, the race will be over after 40 minutes plus a full lap, with tyre changes will not being obligatory. The race duration on Sunday amounts to 60 minutes plus a full lap and a stop for a tyre change is mandatory for every driver.
“With two championship rounds per weekend we provide the spectators twice as much of the things that count, more door to door battles, more thrilling decisions and more fascinating racing. We are convinced that the differing race formats will make for entertaining and thrilling races“, said Hans Werner Aufrecht, Chairman of DTM rights holder.
The new format will make its debut in the DTM season kick-off from 30th April to 3rd May at Hockenheim.