As of this weekend, the DTM Driver Association has been unveiled, known as the DTMDA, which is an independent body that sees all the current drivers in the series to help improve co-operation between the drivers, the ITR, which governs the sport, as well as the German Motor Sport Association(DMSB).
It will stand-alone from the manufacturers, with the spokesperson representing the DTMDA in the public eye being former race ace Manuel Reuter.
Each brand that takes part in the DTM now has their own spokesperson, which has been chosen by their peers, with Timo Glock representing BMW, Timo Scheider for Audi and Gary Paffett for Mercedes-Benz.
The intent of the newly-established group will provide a independent viewpoint from the drivers themselves to many key aspects of the DTM, which will include safety standards and the sporting regulations. Meeting will take place every race weekend and will present the position of all currently active DTM drivers in any given discussion.
Reuter, who will present the views of the DTMDA, made the following statement: “First of all, I am honoured that the DTM drivers have put their trust in me, and that I am able to represent this select field of drivers in public. Based on my own experiences as a driver, and as a result of my time as a TV expert, I know exactly what high demands are placed on the drivers in this top series.
“Our task is, with a neutral voice, to present the greatest possible degree of transparency and diversity of opinion, focussing on one thing on race weekends: producing captivating, top-class touring car racing.”