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Super GT is looking to expand in Asia as a DTM tie-up flounder – Motorsports

SUPER GT, which started cooperation with DTM in 2012, finally bears fruit in the effort to hold a joint exhibition race with the German series at the one-time “ Dream Race” held at Fuji Speedway in 2019. .. ..

However, Audi’s withdrawal from the DTM factory last year effectively destined the alliance. As a result, the championship abandoned the Class 1 rules developed in SUPER GT and supported the transition to a customer-centric GT3 platform.

Bando emphasized SUPER GT’s Class 1 efforts until the end of the current rule cycle, taking into account the development freeze introduced this year to keep costs down after the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with Motorsport.com, Bando said he would like to encourage other Asian championships to adopt the SUPER GT GT300 rules, a mixture of FIA GT3 machines and private cars manufactured under series-specific regulations. It was. Future growth.

However, he admitted that this is unlikely to happen in the short term, despite the tentative plans for SUPER GT to return to both Malaysia and Thailand this year.

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“SUPER GT is already racing in Thailand and Malaysia, not because car makers really want to be there, but because GTA wants to have a strong racing presence,” Bandoo said.

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“Ideally, we will see a series using the rules of SUPER GT in Southeast Asian countries, and hope that when SUPER GT visits this area, wildcards will be entered in the GT300 class of national champions of each country. Yes, it will be difficult for GT500.

“Even dream racing with DTM took a long time to come true. If continuity and step by step are important and it leads to a good business, then in Southeast Asia a series using SUPER GT rules. It may be held, but it takes time. “

Bando used SUPER GT rules, despite planned exhibition events in Zhuhai and Shanghai, but not realized in the early to mid-term, even though the series had never raced in the country. In the 2000s, China was listed as the most likely candidate to run the series.

Regarding the future of the relationship between SUPER GT and DTM, Mr. Bandeau said he had not completely given up on the prospect of creating a “world championship” that could eventually involve IMSA, the governor of US sports car racing. It was.

The IMSA was initially involved in the debate surrounding Class 1 rules and announced plans for the standalone “DTM America” ​​series in 2013, but these were nullified due to the lack of enthusiasm of the major US manufacturers. Did.

“If they [IMSA, SUPER GT and DTM] If you race all with the same technical rules and use the same parts, you have the potential for a world championship, “Bandou said. “But especially DTM is a manufacturer-led series, so a lot of marketing is involved.

“It’s very difficult to hold a world championship. Even if a Japanese car wins the DTM, it’s theoretically possible, but it’s difficult to sell it in Europe.”

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Ryo Hirakawa, LEXUS TEAM KeePer TOM’s, Lexus LC-500

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Super GT is looking to expand in Asia as a DTM tie-up flounder

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