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No 'ghost races' in DTM - Berger

No 'ghost races' in DTM - Berger
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Gerhard Berger has ruled out hosting DTM races without spectators.

Gerhard Berger has ruled out hosting DTM races without spectators.

It has been suggested that top motorsport categories might be able to get racing again in the coming months if 'ghost races' without an audience are held.

"Racing could be one of the first sports (to reopen) because we can do ghost races without spectators," Grand Prix Drivers' Association president Alex Wurz told ORF.

"Everyone wears gloves, helmets - even the mechanics. You are not really close together." He also said personnel could report their movements "like doping control" and prove their negative tests for the virus.

But Berger, who is now in charge of the German touring car series DTM, told Servus TV: "Our customers are called fans.

"If the fans are not there, there will be no races."

The former Ferrari and McLaren driver said the world of sport needs to "get going" as soon as possible, "to make our economic contribution and to keep all of our jobs.

"We have to make sure that we don't slide into the next crisis at the end of the day after this coronavirus crisis is over," Berger added.

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States1011930
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia78419
Great BritainGreat Britain56415
Today's Olympic highlights header

Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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