Confidence is good – control is safer
Limiting costs is a central element of the DTM’s philosophy today. In addition to the consistent use of standard components, such as the monocoque, the gearbox and the clutch, this includes limiting the engine contingent and restricting the number of brake discs and tyres allowed – checked by DEKRA experts.
Speaking of tyres: the allocation of all the tyres to the drivers is performed on a random basis. Additionally, tyre reference samples are taken so as to compare them chemically with tyre samples of the competitors. It is thus ensured that the material properties of the standard tyres from Hankook are not changed and that no competitive advantages or disadvantages arise.
Overnight parc fermé and tyre parc fermé are also measures aimed at saving costs and increasing equality of opportunity. Personnel capacities are thus limited and each team has the same requirements for preparing the vehicles. All 18 vehicles and the sets of tyres per driver are sealed from Friday to Saturday (8 sets of tyres) and from Saturday to Sunday (6 sets of tyres).
Of course, DEKRA is responsible for monitoring – the first ones in the morning and the last ones in the evening, when the sealing of the tyres and vehicle covers are inspected and the right order with the regulations is reported to the race director.