Gerhard Berger said that his appointment to the post of Chairman of the Board of organizers of the DTM was supported by all three manufacturers involved in the German touring car championship.
A former pilot of the Benetton, Ferrari and McLaren in Formula 1 was replaced in this post by Hans-Werner Aufrecht, which is called the father of DTM.
The Austrian, who spoke for BMW Touring in the ‘ 80s, has denied speculation about favouritism of its predecessor, which combined work in the ITR and HWA Mercedes, and said that he also intends to remain neutral.
“Hans-Werner Aufrecht was fair enough, and kept parity between all participants, because the DTM series was his baby, – quotes the AUTOSPORT Berger. – He was not engaged in turf games and never been on the side of the Mercedes.
Yeah, I have no obligations to manufacturers, but all three brands were interested in my coming to this position.
Well, I have support from all three manufacturers, but at the same time I’m not on the side and maintain neutrality.
Berger added that it plans major changes in the DTM, but wants to strengthen the cooperation of the German touring car championship with other leading series, such as, for example, Japanese SuperGT.
“Of course, I have ideas, but first we need to understand some matters of detail, and then make a plan and try to implement it – continued Berger. – I’m a big supporter of unification with series from other countries that use similar regulations.”
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