Two weeks before the season finale at the Hockenheimring, DTM have announced next season’s calendar. This time with two new venues – Monza and Anderstop.
The 2020 DTM calendar includes ten rounds – one more compared to this year. The season will kick off at Circuit Zolder, in Belgium in the final weekend of April – a week earlier than in recent years. This also means that for the first time in quite a while, the season won’t start like the traditional way at the Hockenheimring in Germany. It’s been 16 years since Belgian track held the opening round, but from 1984 to 1994, Zolder had that honour.
“The 2020 DTM calendar reflects our ambition to achieve both growth and stability,” said ITR CEO Achim Kostron. “We’ll continue to race at Germany’s most popular motorsport venues while also increasing the series’ presence across Europe.”
Two new venues have been added to the calendar. First, from 12 to 14 June, Scandinavian Raceway Anderstop which will be the series’ first race in Sweden. The track is located in the south of the country and hosted six Formula One races during the 1970s. Two weeks later, from 26 to 28 June, the series will head to Autodromo Nazionale di Monza – a well-known and well-loved legendary venue. Monza will be the fourth Italian track to host the DTM after Mugello (from 1994 to 1996, 2007 and 2008), Adria Raceway (2003, 2004 and 2010) and finally Misano (2018 and 2019).
Lausitzring will be the first German round of the season, from 15 to 17 May. The Norisring, DTM’s popular street track takes place from 10 to 12 July. Just like this year, the penultimate round of the season will be held at the Nurburgring from 11 to 13 September. Followed by the season finale at the Hockenheimring from 2 to 4 October.
Despite recent rumours of DTM wanting to host the British round at Silverstone, Brands Hatch is still on the calendar from 22 to 23 August. Two weeks later, from 4 to 6 September, the series is back at the TT Circuit Assen, in the Netherlands following their hugely successful debut this year. One round of the season is still a secret. “We still have one surprise in store. And it’s very exciting,” said Kostron.
He continued: “We want to continue growing awareness of DTM in key European markets – so racing at legendary British and Italian racetracks such as Brands Hatch and Monza really allows us to reach those national audiences. Equally, our first visit to Sweden next spring will unlock another new and important motorsport market, one that continues to grow.”
“While the scope of the calendar keeps growing, we’ve remained loyal to our fans in Germany, retaining four races at key German venues. In addition, the location of both Zolder and Assen means they’re both within easy geographical reach for many German fans.”
In total, there are four German rounds, five other European tracks and one ‘exciting addition’. There are some speculations about which track it could be and we will find out soon – ahead of the season finale in two weeks. The format of two races per weekend stays the same. Different than previous years, the series has added a six-week summer break between Norisring and Brands Hatch. The full support program has not been announced, but confirmed already is the W-Series.