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Old 5 Oct 2019, 16:28 (Ref:3932091)   #16
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Yep they have a huge following in Germany so it's not right to take the series away from German fans. Especially if they go to Russia instead.
I don't think Audi and BMW want to invest this money in a Germany only series.
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Old 5 Oct 2019, 17:39 (Ref:3932097)   #17
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I know they don't want to. Back in 2012 when BMW joined the series it was their demand that DTM should become more international. Audi would like to see it more international as well let alone Aston Martin. But Russia - even though it's an important market for the brands - would not attract big crowds and the track seems a bit boring.
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Well, St. Petersburg has long had a reputation for being the Russian city that feels most like a major Western European city. That, and being significantly closer to other countries, like Finland, may help the crowd situation.

As for the racing, the lap is significantly more open than Moscow Raceway, being somewhat longer and having a few less corners, with fewer being slow(ish) and more being high-speed in nature. Also, Igora has more than just the one substantial straight.

Finally, this may be something of a dry run to see how an international event goes ahead of a possible move of the Russian GP from Sochi. (In addition, one piece I've seen says they have the option/space to extend the circuit by 850 meters should they deem that necessary, bringing it up to the original F1-spec proposal.)
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I just hope the series doesn't get ideas above it's station like it did with the ITC. Keep it close to it's roots as possible
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In the meantime, it seems that BMW will keep the six cars: https://www.touringcartimes.com/2019...ustomer-teams/
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