Does Audi prevent the elimination of performance weights?
The DTM manufacturers’ ranging-off of the performance weights, which is desired by all sides: The DTM umbrella organisation ITR, represented by its chief Gerhard Berger, and DMSB president Hans-Joachim Stuck, have long since agreed to abolish the controversial performance weights as quickly as possible. Despite the allegedly constructive discussions between all parties involved (ADAC, DMSB and ITR), no agreement has been reached with the manufacturers so far. This is obviously not the case. From the point of view of the Munich team, there were “good reasons”not to intervene decisively in the middle of the season in an existing regulations without implementing appropriate adjustment measures, and these are – and this is the crux of the matter – in a completely different area, as confirmed by BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt, who was asked by’ Motorsport-Total. com’:”The existing homologation, which currently includes the need for performance weights, should already be used for this purpose for the following reasons Proposal is on the table:”Not all are pulling with the overall goal of finding a solution to abolish the performance weights that would pay off beyond the 2017 season,” says Marquardt:”In the current situation, it makes no sense to drive in sight, because we must also look forward to next year and work on the future. But it was not only about the 2017 season, but also the next year. Accordingly, there are many details to consider,”says DMSB President Hans-Joachim Stuck at the request of’ Motorsport-Total. com’.”This process is still underway, but we believe it should be concluded as a matter of urgency:”ITR and Gerhard Berger have put forward a forward-looking proposal for the elimination of performance weights. Unfortunately, this does not apply to all manufacturers,”emphasizes Marquardt, without naming a name. But it’s clear to whom the 50-year-old means: Audi! Strietzel “has been closely associated with the Volkswagen Group for years, and no abolition without a new homologation of the cars. Because the homologation is based on the performance weights. In this context, it seems that there is still a role in the aerodynamic regulations for the fan of undetectable free ranges (grey zones) which are available in the current DTM regulations 2017. In the existing regulations, these have to be contained in terms of costs and the entire package has to be adapted in a stable manner for the future. Audi head of motorsport Dieter Gass recently stated that the performance weights “without ifs and buts” should be abolished. This is an interesting statement, because on the basis of the existing rules and regulations, such a change is always accompanied by an “if” and a “but” – a new homologation of the DTM cars. With a weight difference of 25 kilograms, Audi at the Nürburgring is likely to be without a chance and possibly only a third force. © Motorsport-Total. com