2015 DTM: NEW RACE FORMATS
……WITH TWO CHAMPIONSHIP ROUNDS PER WEEKEND
In the 2015 season, DTM will provide the spectators a new race format with two races of equal value per weekend, thus becoming even more attractive for both the crowds on site and the TV audience. All the race meetings will feature a championship round on Saturday and a second on Sunday, with full championship points being awarded for both races. On both days, the drivers will have to contest a 20-minute qualifying session that will be crucial for the grid positions for the following race.
Nonetheless, there are differences between the Saturday and the 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 not being obligatory. This means that a driver may cover the full race distance on one set of tyres – but doing so will represent a special challenge. Meanwhile, 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.
The new format will make its debut in the DTM season kick-off, from 30th April to 03rd May at Hockenheim.
Hans Werner Aufrecht, Chairman of DTM rights holder and promoter ITR e.V., stresses: “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 motor racing. And we are convinced that the differing race formats will make for entertaining and thrilling races.”
The 2015 DTM calendar:
30th April to 03rd May Hockenheimring
29th to 31st May Lausitzring
26th to 28th June Norisring
10th to 12th July Zandvoort / NED
31st July to 02nd August Red-Bull-Ring / AUT
28th 30th August Moscow / RUS
11th to 13th September Oschersleben
25th 27th September Nürburgring
16th to 18th October Hockenheimring
Tickets for all the events are available with immediate effect at www.dtm.com.