The previous Method 1 driver has headed up the DTM since 2017, when he took over the helm of the ITR organisation that has run the championship since 1986.
However final week it was announced that following negotiations with ADAC the ITR could be dissolved and the DTM could be taken over by the organiser of the rival two-driver GT Masters sequence which additionally makes use of the identical GT3 platform.
Talking to Autosport’s German language sister title Motorsport-Whole, Berger defined that securing funding for the deliberate DTM Electrical sequence which was more and more “a crucial situation for a lot of corporations to take part within the DTM” had “turned out to be harder than anticipated” which meant “the financial danger for 2023 turned too nice”.
He expressed confidence that the DTM is “in the suitable arms there in the long term”, however forward of Thursday’s ADAC press convention outlining how the DTM will function going forwards, Berger has urged its new custodians to proceed with unchanged rules because it seeks to juggle two competing GT3 sequence.
“My advice is to maintain the present idea, format and rules, as a result of additionally it is very properly obtained by the followers,” stated Berger.
He added: “The ADAC did not purchase the model rights to the DTM to make it disappear, however to profit from its power.”
Gerhard Berger, ITR Chairman
Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz
Berger additionally revealed that he was bemused by ideas from DTM staff bosses that they understood the sequence would run as regular in 2023, and that the true state of affairs had not been communicated.
“No, I can not perceive that,” he stated. “I used to be at all times in trade with the groups and producers.
“Those that had been had been sufficiently knowledgeable about what was occurring within the background.
“It was additionally the specific request of the groups to enter into dialogue with the ADAC as a way to create synergies and one contact level.
“Sadly, it’s often unavoidable that an organisation is dissolved throughout a merger. But it surely additionally can’t be dominated out that one or the opposite shall be wanted once more within the new set-up.
“And for the ITR staff, there are likely choices for the long run by means of my community and my different corporations.”
Sheldon van der Linde, Schubert Motorsport BMW M4 GT3
Photograph by: Alexander Trienitz
Berger conceded that his private circumstances additionally performed a task in his determination to promote the DTM, the 63-year-old having step by step scaled down his function in 2022.
ITR introduced 2011 DTM champion Martin Tomczyk into the fold this 12 months, with the previous BMW racer taking up elevated accountability in the course of the 12 months as he occupied a de facto quantity two function within the hierarchy just under Berger.
Harrison defined that he plans to dedicate much less time to racing in his entrepreneurial profession shifting forwards.
“After all, my financial pursuits and my private life planning additionally performed a task within the determination,” he stated.
“I had numerous choices obtainable and selected one which not solely serves my curiosity however can also be within the spirit of German-speaking motorsport.
“On the finish of the day, I used to be and am an entrepreneur. I took over the DTM in a really troublesome time, continued to run it, constructed it up and have now offered it.
“This step additionally fits my private life planning, which at my age supplies extra time for different actions and my household than for motorsport.”
He additionally dismissed hyperlinks to taking on an advisory function with Audi’s 2026 Method 1 programme, stating: “I can rule out taking up such a time-intensive job once more.”