DTM expands its calendar, will visit Sweden for the first time
The Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters calendar for 2020 has been revealed, featuring ten events (one more than in 2019) in Germany and five other European countries.
For the first time in DTM’s history, the series will visit Sweden, with the event taking place at the Scandinavian Raceway Anderstorp, the historic venue that once upon a time (between 1973 and 1978) hosted Formula One races.
The calendar of DTM races for 2020 is still not finalized because the venue of the third round, scheduled for May 29-31, will be announced a later date. The championship season will be opened on April 24-26 at Zolder, skipping a traditional season-opener at Hockenheimring. The racetrack at Baden-Württemberg will host the season’s finale on October 2-4, 2020.
Between those two events at Zolder and Hockenheimring, the series will visit Lausitzring, Anderstorp, Monza, Norisring, Brands Hatch, Assen, Nürburgring and one unnamed venue. DTM umbrella organisation ITR will announce the identity of the last venue ahead of this year’s DTM finale at Hockenheim (October 5-6). Each round will retain its usual double-header weekend format, with one race and qualifying session each taking place on Saturday and Sunday.
ITR will announce the full 2020 support package at a later date. The hugely popular all-female W Series, which supports women racing in motorsport, and which kicked off in 2019 on the DTM bill, has already been confirmed as a support series for the 2020 calendar.
“The 2020 DTM calendar reflects our ambition to achieve both growth and stability. We’ll continue to race at Germany’s most popular motorsport venues while also increasing the series’ presence across Europe. 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. We feel like we’ve got a perfect blend of venues and dates, and we’re already getting excited about the new season,” said ITR CEO Achim Kostron.
DTM 2020 calendar:
24-26 April Circuit Zolder (Belgium)
15-17 May Lausitzring (Germany)
29-31 May TBA
12-14 June Scandinavian Raceway Anderstorp (Sweden)
26-28 June Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Italy)
10-12 July Norisring (Germany)
22-23 August Brands Hatch Circuit (Great Britain)
4-6 September TT Circuit Assen (Netherlands)
11-13 September Nürburgring (Germany)
2-4 October Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg (Germany)