Gass Says Development Underway For 2014 DTM Efforts


Even though there is still a lot of focus on the 2013 season, the race for development into next year’s efforts is still a paramount focus is still a necessity, especially after the short timeframe to get the car ready for this year’s assault, when theCheckeredFlag.co.uk spoke with Audi Sport’s Head of DTM, Dieter Gass this morning.

In his opinion, it was a case of making sure that the car was ready in time, especially as when the regulations are really not going to be that much different next year. This is apart from the width of the cars themselves, without going into too much further detail, but the cars will remain as they are, as Super GT embraces mutual technical regulations with the DTM as of 2014 for the next four years.

We asked with regards to the co-operation potentially seeing any of the Japanese manufacturers in DTM very soon, but he said that there would be no brands making any appearances in either of the championships as the bigger focus is clearly on next year’s DTM-specific efforts from his standpoint.

Ahead of today’s race, Herr Gass was hopeful that the drivers might be able to get the option tyres to last a further two to three laps longer to give a good chance at a positive strategy this afternoon. “But we know anything can happen,” he said.

That phrase is nothing further from the truth, as this season has shown, as Gass is a leader of a squad that can show its potential in strength in numbers, and if it all goes to plan for Ingolstadt, it will definitely play dividends this afternoon.