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DTM Demo For Super GT GT500s At Hockenheim

Nissan and Lexus run at racing speed

DTM fans are being treated to a Super GT demonstration on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend during the season finale at Hockenheim, when Heikki Kovalainen and Ronnie Quintarelli drive a Lexus LC500 and Nissan GT-R respectively at racing speed for several laps on the German circuit.

This demo is the first time that Super GT GT500 cars have run at race speeds during a race weekend in Europe. The cars are completing 30 minutes of testing each today (below), before they take part in two 15-minute demos on Saturday and Sunday. The Lexus LC500 is the #093 TRD Lexus Test Car, and the Nissan is the #1 Motul Autech GT-R which competed in the 2016 season.

It’s another step towards parity for the DTM and Super GT regulations. ITR, the umbrella organisation for the DTM, and the GTA, which runs the Super GT series in Japan, have been cooperating for years, with the aim for the regulations to be in line with ‘Class One’ from 2019 onwards, when DTM’s next regulation cycle begins.

“This is a great honour for us. I am delighted that SUPER GT cars will be making an appearance at a DTM event for the first time,” said DTM chairman Gerhard Berger. “This is not only a special treat for our fans, but also a strong sign for the future of the DTM, and of how seriously the cooperation with the Japanese GTA organisation and the series’ three manufacturers is being taken.”

“We are looking forward to seeing our cars in action in Hockenheim,” added GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh. “This is a proof of the close relationship between Super GT and the DTM. Both series feature the world leading manufacturers,” said Bandoh.

As a second part to this, later this year Japanese fans are set to get a taste of DTM machinery, with cars being sent out to run at the Super GT finale at Motegi in November. The same opportunity will be handed to Japanese fans later this year to

“This is a great opportunity to demonstrate the attractiveness of the Super GT cars,” said Kovalainen, the reigning Super GT champion. “For me it’s my first return to a European circuit since I retired from F1 for good.

“DTM is really famous in Japan and has a lot in common with our series. This will be an exciting event.”

News tomorrow on DSC too, of some exclusive live coverage of the Audi TT Cup Race of Legends on RSL, with John Hindhaugh on site from Hockenheim.

Featured image courtesy of Audi Sport