New race series for GT cars
The series is completely run by ITR GmbH.
Drivers and teams with cars eligible for FIA categories E2-SH and E2-SC of all manufacturers are able to participate. Almost every brand represented in motorsport has a corresponding GT car with 400 to 500 hp in its portfolio – most notably Audi, BMW and Aston Martin, each of whom are represented within the DTM, but also brands such as Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, McLaren, Ford, Chevrolet, Lotus, Jaguar, Toyota and Nissan.
There are three distinct championship categories: one for drivers, one for teams and a third junior category for drivers aged 22 and under (born in 1998 or later).
One of the chief aims of the DTM Trophy is to highlight and promote young talent – on a big stage and in front of major teams and manufacturers.
The winner of the Trophy’s junior classification will also earn a money-can’t-buy opportunity to test a DTM car at the end of the 2020 season. The test is an important opportunity to showcase talent and ability
The DTM Trophy is advertised internationally – therefore, the minimal entry standard is set at International D-licence. Driver ratings, common in many other GT series, will not exist in the DTM Trophy. As a result, professionals can also participate.
Points will be awarded in the same manner as in the DTM: the winner receives 25 points down to one point for 10th position. And, as in DTM, points will be awarded for the top three qualifiers: 3-2-1.
Series organisers will distribute a prize fund of €150,000 between the top three drivers in the championship, allocated as follows:
As in DTM, there will be two free practice sessions per race weekend – both on Friday. Saturday and Sunday features a 20-minute qualifying session and a 30-minute race. Therefore, two sprint races per weekend.
In its first season, the series will run at seven DTM race weekends, including all four events in Germany:
Registration opened on November 6, 2019 and closes on March 11, 2020.
Registration is €27,000 plus VAT per participant.
ITR’s arrangement with Hankook means that all entrants will receive free tyres for 2020. The fuel will also be provided for free.
Hankook Tire has been confirmed as the exclusive tyre partner of the DTM Trophy. The Korean manufacturer has agreed a four-year supply deal with series organiser ITR. This means that both the exclusive deal with Hankook for the DTM as well as the contract with the DTM Trophy run until the end of 2023.
ITR is in good conversation with several companies. A decision on this will be made by ITR at a later date.
In order to ensure fair sporting conditions, ITR will determine the specifications of all participating vehicle types before the start of the season. Using this, a basic classification of the different models will be made. A Balance of Performance (BoP), used with many GT categories, is therefore intended to take into account the different vehicle concepts, and ensure the most balanced starter field possible.