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DTM Presents Updated Calendar with Spa, Double Events Added

Updated DTM calendar sees Spa join while the Lausitzring, Nürburgring and Zolder will each hold two events…

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The DTM series has released an updated version of its 2020 calendar, featuring a return to Spa-Francorchamps after a 15-year absence and repeat visits to three circuits.

The German championship has maintained a 10-event, 20-race schedule for its upcoming season despite the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In March a revised DTM calendar was announced but this has now undergone further changes, including the removal of Igora Drive, Anderstorp, Brands Hatch and Monza.

The series will start at the Norisring on July 10-12 as previously confirmed, while Spa-Francorchamps will join the bill for an early August fixture.

Spa last hosted the DTM in 2005, when two-time Formula 1 world champion Mika Hakkinen claimed the first of his three victories in the series with Mercedes.

The championship will then head to the Lausitzring for back-to-back dates in the second half of August, followed by a trip to Assen in the Netherlands.

Repeat events are also planned for the Nürburgring in September and Zolder in October before the campaign winds up at Hockenheim in early November.

The two Nürburgring rounds will be held on the circuit’s different GP and short configurations, while the latter event falls on the same weekend as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Currently all of the 2020 season races are to be held without spectators, in accordance with the DTM’s ‘infection protection plan’.

However, a championship statement noted that the situation at each circuit will be monitored and that races with fans will be considered “as far as it is possible and justifiable from health and safety perspectives”.

Ticket holders will receive flexible ticket vouchers that will be valid through to the end of 2021.

“We would like to thank our fans for their patience in the past weeks, but now, we are all the more happy to be able to present a well-prepared and varied calendar that promises plenty of racing action,” said ITR chairman Gerhard Berger.

“That is the result of the hard work by everyone involved in very special conditions. All in all, we have managed to come up with a compact calendar that was worth waiting for.”

2020 DTM Schedule (Revised):
Jul. 10-12 – Norisring
Aug. 1-2 – Spa-Francorchamps
Aug. 14-16 – Lausitzring
Aug. 21-23 – Lausitzring
Sep. 4-6 – Assen
Sep. 11-13 – Nürburgring
Sep. 18-20 – Nürburgring
Oct. 9-11 – Zolder
Oct. 16-18 – Zolder
Nov. 6-8 – Hockenheim

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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