BMW And Audi Considering Their DTM Futures After Mercedes Exit

Both BMW and Audi have admitted they need to evaluate their futures in DTM following Mercedes-Benz’s shock decision to quit the German touring car championship.

The automaker’s decision to switch its focus towards Formula E will leave the DTM grid in 2019 without any Mercedes cars for the first time since 1987, leaving BMW and Audi to battle it out.

Speaking to Autosport, Audi motorsport Dieter Gass admitted Mercedes-Benz’s decision to quit is a loss for the sport.

“We regret the decision of Mercedes-Benz to retire from DTM after the 2018 season. The consequences for Audi and the series are not clear at the moment.

“For Audi, being part of international top touring car sport is a vital part of its works motorsports strategy. We now have to analyse the new situation with everybody involved in order to find a solution or possible alternatives to DTM,” he said.

These sentiments were echoed by BMW motorsport boss Jens Marquardt who said, “It is with great regret that we acknowledge Mercedes’ departure after the 2018 DTM season. We now need to evaluate this new situation.”

While the DTM grid will only have BMW and Audi cars after 2018, the sport can survive. In fact, from 2006 to 2012, Mercedes and Audi were the only two manufacturers competing. As times change and automakers shift their focus to electric production vehicles however, it remains to be seen if BMW and Audi will consider DTM a viable investment in the years ahead.

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  • Carmelo Van Cabboi

    Now they know what stay alone (without the secret agreements aka cartels) means. What other brands can’t do just because they play clean. Audi, alla avanguardia do sto cazzo

    • exeptor

      I think it is much more complex, but in general you are right. Maybe Daimler want to distance themselves from this hot potato in every possible way (including DTM). From what I’m reading I hope that they will as they seems a little bit better than others in terms of moral.

  • Matadoori

    There was an idea thorwn around, to make DTM more like Australian supercars: cheaper and more simple. Maybe. On the other hand, I think DTM could lure in some more eccentric brands (like Alfa Romeo, it used to be there) to fill the grid. I really hope DTM survives, the racing has been good.

  • Antas37

    could be an opportunity for other brands, like alfa romeo or volvo to returns…
    https://www.facebook.com/BNCDsgn/photos/pcb.1406924929386835/1406922842720377/?type=3&theater as you can see here, i made a dtm version of the giulia…

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