ITR, the organization that runs DTM, has announced that a new “DTM Trophy” series for GT4 cars will run on seven DTM race weekends in 2020. The BMW M4 GT4 will be eligible for the series.
The format for the race weekends will include two free practice sessions on Friday along with a 20-minute qualifying session and 30-minute race on both Saturday and Sunday. The series will run along with DTM at Zolder in April, The Lausitzring in May, Anderstorp in June, the Norisring in July, Assen and the Nürburgring in September, and the Hockenheimring in October.
The series’ release says, “Drivers and teams with near-series-spec GT cars eligible for FIA categories E2-SH and E2-SC of all manufacturers are entitled 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, who are all represented within the DTM, but also brands such as Mercedes-AMG, Porsche, McLaren, Ford, Chevrolet, Lotus, Jaguar, Toyota, and Nissan.”
“In order to ensure sporting parity, ITR will determine the specification of all participating vehicle types before the start of the season, from which the basic classification of different models will be made. The resulting Balance of Performance (BoP), used throughout many GT racing categories, will take into account each different vehicle concept to ensure the starting grid is as well-balanced as possible.”—Brian Morgan
[Photo of Classic BMW M4 GT4 courtesy Brian Morgan.]