- DTM’s switch to GT3 regulations last year means it can return to iconic circuit
- Significant logistical challenges facing any potential return
German Touring Car Masters (DTM) promoter ITR is weighing up a return for the series to the Nürburgring Nordschleife for the first time since 1993, according to Motorsport.com.
Next season’s calendar is already expected to contain the addition of the Salzburgring in Austria, but the Nürburgring Nordschleife track is also reportedly being considered.
Since its last outing at the circuit nearly 30 years ago, DTM has been unable to compete there due to its use of Class One touring cars.
However, the series switched to GT3 regulations last year, meaning a return is now possible.
Earlier this year in Portimão, ITR chairman Gerhard Berger outlined DTM’s plans.
“We would like to do it, but I need the support of the Nürburgring GmbH,” he said. “This has to be tackled again now.”
There are significant logistical challenges for the potential return, however.
DTM will incur significant costs positioning moving cameras around the track, as the facility does not currently have the required capabilities for the series’ TV production standards.
The series will also need to have adequate marshals and security staff in place to ensure the safety of both competitors and spectators.