DTM is one of the last series to confirm its planned events for the 2020 season. Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the series issued a press release today announcing a heavily revised calendar.
DTM was set to start the new season in April at Zolder, Belgium, though as weeks went by, it seemed unlikely that it would happen that way. The COVID-19 situation is getting worse and affecting many things on a global level. However, while many other series postponed or cancelled their races, DTM handled it differently, announcing a whole new calendar – keeping all ten rounds.
Norisring, the famous street track located in Nuremberg, will now host the season opener on July 10-12. The second round will take place at one of two new venues: Igora Drive in Russia or Anderstop in Sweden on July 31 – August 2. DTM will decide later which one will take place at which date, the other one being on October 2-4.
Unlike previous years, the season won’t end on the iconic Hockenheimring. This will now be the penultimate round of the season, taking place on November 6-8. The restructured season will now conclude much later than usual, on November 13-15 at Monza, Italy. This pattern is something we’re likely to see repeated across the board thanks to the impact COVID-19 has had on all global motorsport events.
“These are unprecedented and uncertain times – and our priority is the wellbeing of our families, our staff, and our community,” said ITR Managing Director Marcel Mohaupt. “Despite the uncertainty, we felt it was important to provide motorsport fans worldwide – and everyone involved in DTM – with a revised calendar featuring new dates.”
“Clearly, the safe containment and treatment of this epidemic is everyone’s first priority. But we believe that sport can play an important role in helping restore normality to people’s lives. With support from our fans, DTM’s manufacturers Audi and BMW – who will bring 16 cars to this year’s grid – the racetracks and all our partners, we all want to put together an exciting season later this year.”
“We know we have to remain flexible and pragmatic – but this is a first step, and we will hold true on our promise to come back stronger. When it is safe to return to the racetrack, we want the DTM to help lead the way.”
About two weeks ago, the series announced to cancel their pre-season test. A new date is yet to be announced and it is currently unclear as to whether the series will replace the test.
Revised 2020 DTM Calendar:
July 10-12: Norisring, Germany
July 31-August 2: Igora Drive, Russia or Anderstop, Sweden
August 7-9: Zolder, Belgium
August 22-23: Brands Hatch, United Kingdom
September 4-6: Assen, the Netherlands
September 11-13: Nurburgring, Germany
October 2-4: Igora Drive, Russia or Anderstop, Sweden
October 16-18: Lausitzring, Germany
November 6-8: Hockenheim, Germany
November 13-15: Monza, Italy