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The Glock is ticking - DTM goes all F1 with DRS and option tyres

Published by Mr. C

The German Touring Car Masters (DTM) series heads to the Brands Hatch circuit this weekend where teams and drivers will compete the second round of this year's championship. Notably the driver lineup features a number of names familiar to F1 fans, including Toyota and Marussia legend Timo Glock, plus perennial McLaren test driver Gary Paffett.

Vettel and Glock in Hockenheim
Vettel tracks down TimoCredit: BMW AG

Exit strategy

I tend not to follow too many motor sport series beyond the comfortable confines of Formula 1, but was interested to learn that DTM has this year introduced a drag reduction system (DRS) similar to that recently established in F1. Additionally 'option tyres' designed to provide greater performance but for a shorter time are new for 2013 too.

By all accounts these changes have been necessary to help increase on-track overtaking and to re-introduce a strategic element to events after racing suffered following the banning of mid-race refuelling last season. If you're experiencing an eery feeling of déjâ-vu right now you're not alone.

After only one race it's too early to tell if tweaks to the regulations have made a difference, but the opening round saw an increase of 32 on-track passes compared to the previous year, which tallies well with F1's post-DRS experience.

Given that the introduction of drag-reduction and short-life tyres rekindled my love of F1 following the disastrous season after refuelling was banned, I figure DTM ought to be something I should check out. Coincidentally, as of May 1st this year, organisers have agreed to stream races and qualifying sessions live on their YouTube channel for free. Although free-to-air streaming is a massive step ahead of Formula 1's current coverage, there are still limitations on when and where you can tune in. Countries including Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and more all excluded from the fun right now.

This weekend I intend to watch my first DTM race from the comfort of our living room, supporting the fabulous Timo Glock. Let's hope the racing is as entertaining as the Spanish Grand Prix.

In the meantime, enjoy nearly two hours of coverage from the opening round of the DTM.