Tuesday, Sep 10 11:04am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Nick Cassidy to make DTM debut with Lexus

DTM and SUPER GT will join forces at the end of the season with three wild car entries to be sent across from Japan to Germany.


The three major GT500 manufacturers will all field one car. Kiwi driver Nick Cassidy will race for Lexus alongside current co-driver Ryo Hirakawa in an LC500. It marks the first time Cassidy has raced at the Hockenheimring since competing in the now defunct FIA European Formula 3 Championship.


Jenson Button will race for Honda in an NSX-GT while Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda will compete for Nissan with a GT-R.


Lexus, Nissan and Honda will go up against the might of BMW, Audi and Aston Martin. However, the SUPER GT cars will not be fitted with DRS like their DTM counterparts.


By 2020 both the DTM and SUPER GT Series will run to Class 1 regulations that will see cars from either series eligible to compete in either part of the world.


The final round of the DTM takes place at the Hockenheimring over 5-6 October. The two-driver pairings will each contest one race across the Saturday and Sunday respectively, with individual qualifying sessions for each race to determine the grid.


The addition of three SUPER GT cars from Japan will act as a curtain raiser before joint race between the two series at Fuji Speedway in late November. Upwards of 10 cars from Germany are expected to join the SUPER GT grid for the non-championship race.