DTM Confirms Date Clash with 24H Le Mans

Photo: Audi

Photo: Audi

Loïc Duval and René Rast could be forced to miss next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, as a result of a clash between the DTM series and twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic next year.

Both drivers were confirmed by the German manufacturer to take part in the DTM series next season, following the end of the Audi’s LMP1 program.

While having initially been set to take place at the end of August, the Hungaroring DTM round has been placed on the June 16-18 weekend instead.

It marks the first time since the resurrection of the German series in 2000 that there is a clash between DTM and Le Mans.

This year’s calendar announcement comes seven weeks after Audi announced its withdrawal from the FIA World Endurance Championship. Audi’s involvment at Le Mans and in the WEC is understood to have been a major influence on not having a conflicting round that weekend.

There are two aditional clashes for 2017, with the DTM racing at Hockenheim in early May and at the end of October. The WEC will race at Spa and Fuji, respectively, on those weekends.

2017 DTM Schedule:

May 5-7 – Hockenheimring
May 19-21 – Lausitzring
June 16-18 – Hungaroring
June 30-July 2 – Norisring
July 21-23 – Moscow
Aug. 18-20 – Zandvoort
Sept. 8-10 – Nürburgring
Sept. 22-24 – Red Bull Ring
Oct. 13-15 – Hockenheimring

4 Comments

  1. FlyingLobster27

    December 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

    The DTM cannot win this. The racing there has been horrible for the last couple of years, it’s the most team order-oriented championship on the planet. I know which of the two I’ll be following on the 17th-18th June, as well as on the other two dates which clash with the WEC.

    • KW

      December 17, 2016 at 7:06 am

      Same opinion here. Obviously the DTM managers are not aware that they are not only competing against F1 concerning TV quotes and visitors. DTM TV quotes have been decreasing since several years, and this way they will continue to go down. It’s a pity also for drivers like René Rast and Loic Duval, who could have returned to FIA WEC for a one-off at Le Mans, but this makes it impossible.

    • Rennsport4.4tV8

      December 18, 2016 at 3:59 pm

      I agree. Watching Mercedes and Pascal made me sick. The level of team orders is ridiculous.

  2. Dont do it

    December 17, 2016 at 10:16 am

    No problem here. If those drivers wanna race DTM it means an opportunity for two other deserving drivers. Like the FlyingLobster said DTM is not gonna win this head to head battle.

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