Grasser Racing confirming they will race four Lamborghini Huracans in DTM next year shows the switch to GT3 cars is working for the series.
Last week, the Austrian-based outfit announced they would be committing to the DTM grid with support from Lamborghini Squadra Corse.
Another team appearing on the grid for 2022 adds to the notion that DTM’s new era in GT3 racing has been successful and continues to grow.
In 2020, the final year before the GT3 switch, the DTM grid featured just two manufacturers, BMW and Audi, with just eight teams in total.
By contrast, the 2021 grid saw huge growth after drawing in five new manufacturers including Ferrari, Mercedes, Porsche, Lamborghini and McLaren. There were 16 teams who contested the series, double the number from the previous season.
GRT adding their name to what seems like a growing list of teams is a huge sign of success and promise for DTM as they appeal to those used to operating within the GT3-sphere of motorsport.
Gottfried Grasser’s team aren’t just joining the grid, they’re fully committing their program to one of the world’s most hot and contested motorsport championships. At the time of announcing they would join DTM, the team also confirmed they would be dropping all other championship responsibilities in order to put in 100% effort.
The outfit has a wealth of experience in GT3 racing and bringing that into DTM will be a big boost if they are to fight for race wins and championships early on – and it may well be this new era plays into their hands next year.
Bringing in teams that enter with the immediate aim of being at the front is what DTM needs to make the fight even closer. Grasser Racing is a perfect example.
It’s not just bringing in new teams that is re-growing DTM’s popularity. Last year saw some big-name drivers from other motorsports disciplines enter the series, bringing in followers from other fanbases.
The likes of Alex Albon and Liam Lawson brought the attention of Formula 1 fans to the series, while Nick Cassidy attracted Formula E fanatics to the racing.
Switching to the new GT Plus regulations and opting for a more common-place sight (the GT3 car) was a bold move. It was bold with many people so familiar with the Class One regulations to the extent DTM was blind-sighted to its own fall due to the little interest from manufacturers.
But the German championship has shown it is working after one year of the new GT3 era and it looks like it will stay that way long into an exciting, promising, and competitive future.