Since 30 years, now, DTM gas been thrilling its fans with touring-car racing at its best. And in the forthcoming season that will be kicked off on 4th May, several regulation changes and new faces on the grid will once again make for enthralling motor racing and for even more variety.
With immediate effect, the 23 drivers have to come in for just one instead of the previously two obligatory pit stops, in the races. Making the obligatory pit stop during a safety-car period is prohibited. Following the safety-car period, the drivers have got six laps time for coming in for their obligatory pit stop, even if this should mean that the stop is made after the time window for the obligatory pit stop has closed.
The use of the option tyres introduced in 2013 and provided by DTM’s exclusive tyre partner Hankook, that again may solely be used in the races, has been limited to 50 percent of the race distance. Following a safety car period, the drivers who were racing on these tyres when the safety car was sent out have got six laps time to pit for fresh tyres, even if they would cover more than 50 percent of the race distance, in this case. Meanwhile, the Drag Reduction System (DRS) that also was introduced in 2014, may be used, with immediate effect, to the end of the race, even on the final three laps.
The qualifying session comprises only three phases, this year. The individual time trial that had to be contested by the fastest four drivers (Q4) in the previous years has been nixed. In the first 13-minute phase of qualifying, the five slowest drivers are eliminated, and at the end of the 11-minute Q2, the qualifying session is over for the 10 slowest drivers of this phase. In the third and final phase, the eight fastest drivers will battle it out for the pole position. And there is another innovation: the performance weights. Depending on the results achieved, a brand has to add up to 10 kilos (a maximum of 5 kilos per race) or may get rid of up to 10 kilos (a maximum of 5 kilos per race).
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