DTM umbrella organization ITR will launch a new series, named DTM Trophy and aimed at GT4 machinery, as part of the DTM support bill next year.
DTM Trophy will be on the DTM schedule at its races in Germany and Benelux, and will include two Free Practice sessions per weekend, a 20-minute qualifying session and two 30-minute races.
It is aimed at GT4 cars and will use ITR’s own Balance of Performance with no involvement from SRO Motorsports Group.
This positions it as a direct rival to ADAC GT4 Germany (pictured above), an SRO-influenced GT4 series established this year as a support to ADAC GT Masters.
All three current DTM manufacturers – Audi, BMW and Aston Martin – have GT4 cars in their portfolio, but DTM Trophy will be open to any suitable cars.
“With the DTM Trophy, we’re creating an attractive package for both the ambitious young driver and the seasoned professional,” said ITR managing director Achim Kostron.
“The opportunity to race near-series-spec GT vehicles – a category supported by a diverse and attractive range of international automotive manufacturers – will make for a fantastic series that will be enjoyed by fans and competitors alike.”
Three championships will be awarded: one for drivers, one for teams, and a junior category for drivers born in 1998 or later.
Driver ratings won’t be used but a minimal entry standard is set as International D license.
Registration will be open between Nov. 6 and March 11, with an enrollment fee of €27,000 ($30,150) plus VAT, including races at Zolder, Lausitzring, Anderstorp, Norisring, Assen, Nürburgring and Hockenheimring.