Both BMW and Audi accept apprenticed abutment for the DTM’s move to GT3 regulations abutting year, as the German championship drops Class One cars to reposition itself as a privateer-based series.
However, while alternation arch Gerhard Berger expects six Audi R8 LMS cars on the filigree there accept consistently been doubts over whether BMW would accept a attendance in the revamped category.
BMW’s GT3 programme is activity through a alteration phase, with the ageing M6 archetypal set to be replaced by the under-development M4 GT3.
The new M4 will not be accessible to barter until the 2022 season, although a pre-homologation admission in the closing allotment of abutting year’s attack hasn’t been disqualified out.
This would beggarly that abeyant chump teams will alone accept the approachable M6 at their disposal, abbreviation the anticipation of full-season BMW entries in 2021.
Intriguingly, BMW was absent from the DTM’s presentation commemoration at Hockenheim this month, area the alternation displayed GT3 cars from Audi, Mercedes, Lamborghini and alike Ferrari.
Asked if there is a achievability of there actuality no BMWs on the filigree at the alpha of the DTM’s new era abutting year, Marquardt said: “That absolutely depends aloft the aftereffect of the discussions with the teams. They are accident as we speak. In approach there’s a abeyant for that.”
“Should a aggregation that has M6 adjudge they absolutely appetite to run there, we will try our best to abutment them. But it needs teams that are absorbed and accommodating to run.
“We are still in talks. But for abiding our aggregation and works focus is on development of the new car and not putting accomplishment into advancement and new developments on a car that is basically on the way to actuality phased out.“
Marquardt, who stepped bottomward from his position as BMW’s motorsport arch aftermost month, believes the M6 may not be aggressive for dart racing, decidedly at the bound and arced Norisring ambit that is the dejected riband accident on the DTM calendar.
“That is a car that is absolutely at the actual end of its lifecycle alike if it is aggressive on some of the advance as you could see this year on the Nordschleife, acceptable the [Nurburgring] 24 Hours and some of the IMSA races,” said Marqaurdt.
“But that car was acutely developed with the focus of an ability car and additionally with the focus added on the accurate advance there, which are acutely actual altered from some of the dart tracks.
“Honestly, I accept a bit of a adamantine time apperception the M6 at the Norisring with all the hairpins and the abbreviate array of blazon of track.
“We are not absolutely cool able-bodied set with our accepted set up for 2021, but abiding [for] 2022 options [are] there for teams and hopefully a lot of teams will be affairs the M4 GT3. That should hopefully be a actual acknowledged GT3 car for the future.“