DTM’s 2023 calendar shall be “extra again to the roots”
Former Audi and BMW racer Tomczyk, the 2011 DTM champion, has taken on extra accountability inside organising physique ITR following a current inner restructure.
Chatting with Motorsport.com on the current Nurburgring spherical, he concurred with feedback made by ITR boss Gerhard Berger in June that it was “very tough” to foresee a return to the UK within the close to future having been absent from the calendar since 2019.
Tomczyk stated that as an alternative, the DTM would concentrate on races near its conventional fanbase.
“Unlikely, yeah,” he stated when requested by Motorsport.com a few return to the UK. “We have a look at each choice, say it like that.
“It’s at all times good while you race in entrance of quite a lot of spectators, that’s mainly our base – followers – and they’re from Germany or the shut area of Germany.
“So I feel the best way we’ll go, it’s extra again to the roots from the DTM.
“It doesn’t imply that we don’t go someplace else, however in the best way what we’re pondering doing the calendar is extra in that path.”
Requested if avenue races can be on the agenda, given the continued success of the Norisring assembly on the streets of Nuremberg, Tomczyk stated the infrastructure calls for of avenue circuits meant it was extra seemingly to make use of present everlasting venues.
“If we’ve got nice racetracks in Germany and within the shut area, we must always use these racetracks,” he stated.
Restart, Dennis Olsen, SSR Efficiency Porsche 911 GT3-R, Nick Cassidy, AF Corse Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo
Photograph by: DTM
Tomczyk informed German media together with Motorsport.com’s sister web site Motorsport-Whole.com that the disappointing spectator turnout at Imola, the primary time the DTM had visited the observe, meant there was no assure it will proceed in Italy subsequent yr.
It adopted feedback from Berger that ITR must “research extra Italy” to grasp whether or not it will be higher served having a daily base in a single location or shifting round totally different Italian tracks.
“A should is nothing, however in fact it’s a focus,” Tomczyk stated.
“We’ve got two Italian producers on the grid, Ferrari and Lamborghini, who in fact wish to current their model on the circuit in Italy. However we noticed this yr in Imola that the affect of those producers does not likely have an effect on spectators.
“We’re involved with the producers and speak about such subjects, which then move into our calendar design. They do not have a say in it, however it’s a cooperation.”
He added that the Salzburgring in Austria was a possible candidate to host a race for the primary time since 1988.
“We’ve got additionally taken a have a look at the Salzburgring,” he confirmed. “I just like the Salzburgring as a result of I’ve raced there earlier than.
“For the spectators it will even be a fantastic occasion, however we will not say any particulars but both.
“We’re in talks with many observe house owners – and I ask for a bit endurance till we current the calendar.”
Tomczyk additionally addressed the prospect of racing on the complete Nurburgring Nordschleife for the primary time since 1993, saying “it isn’t utterly off the desk but”.
Requested if security was a stumbling block, Tomczyk stated: “It is extra about different points like TV protection, giving the followers the chance to see the automobiles rather a lot, quite a lot of issues.”