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Old 13 May 2021, 15:39 (Ref:4051495)   #31
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Actually I still haven't figured out what caused such a huge drop in entries.
Introducing ADAC GT4 might have played a role: similar budgets (or even lower since they're split between two drivers), but much more prestigious car brands - thus a much more appealing product for self-funded drivers.
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Old 13 May 2021, 15:59 (Ref:4051502)   #32
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This seems a reasonable explanation. Somehow it may seem there's not a great appetite for 'typical' touring cars in Germany as DTM was such last in early 1990s.
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Old 13 May 2021, 16:55 (Ref:4051510)   #33
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Good to see some fresh blood coming season.
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Old 13 May 2021, 17:16 (Ref:4051511)   #34
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This seems a reasonable explanation. Somehow it may seem there's not a great appetite for 'typical' touring cars in Germany as DTM was such last in early 1990s.
I think back in the 90s, you couldn't really buy customer-friendly GT-cars. Your best bet was the Porsche 993 GT2, but even that one was notorious for breaking drive-shafts, especially in the hands of inexperienced drivers and so pay drivers gravitated quite naturally to Super Touring or Super Production touring cars.

With the advent of GT customer racing programs, first in GT3, then in GT4, that all changed - and if bragging rights at the top floor of your company or in the golf club are one of the main motivators for why you go racing, then racing an Aston Martin or Audi R8 makes a lot more sense than racing an Hyundai or Opel.

So the only people that still go touring car racing are those that a) are being paid to do so, b) associated with a dealership that sells cars of the brand they race, or c) enjoy the more physical driving style typically associated with touring car sprint racing and are willing to pay for that.

It's a bit different in countries where touring cars are the national top series, such as in the UK, Sweden or Denmark, as there racing in the top series has its own prestige, regardless of the brand of car you drive.
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Old 14 May 2021, 18:07 (Ref:4051695)   #35
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And of course, TCR is not really a cheap way to race anymore. If you don't have the newest gear, you are only there to fill the grid...
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Old 15 May 2021, 15:57 (Ref:4051803)   #36
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Easy win for Engstler. Looked like also an easy 2nd place for D. Fugel, but at the end his younger brother came close.

In the rest of the field there were some nice fights.
Good start of the season for TCR Germany.
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Old 16 May 2021, 09:40 (Ref:4051871)   #37
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Looked like Engstler and Dom Fugel backed off a lap early.

English stream was a bit of a joke. No comms until halfway in, and then we're subjected to a couple of blokes who seemed to be watching a different race at times.
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Old 16 May 2021, 17:29 (Ref:4051943)   #38
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Walk in de park for Engstler.
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Old 16 May 2021, 18:27 (Ref:4051951)   #39
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Surprised to see Scalvini in the Adac TCR. He did a good Race 1
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Not sure whether the decision to drop the reversed grid in TCR Germany was a good one.

Given the current level of competitivenes it can make the life way too easy for Luca Engstler
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An unknown unraced TCR from the East https://twitter.com/SergioFonseca8/s...43041767137284
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An unknown unraced TCR from the East https://twitter.com/SergioFonseca8/s...43041767137284
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Not sure whether the decision to drop the reversed grid in TCR Germany was a good one.

Given the current level of competitivenes it can make the life way too easy for Luca Engstler
Without major problems for Engstler the only rival is Dominic Fugel.
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No Huff in STCC, he will focus on WTCR.
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