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DTM unveils 2020 calendar, adding Monza and Anderstorp

ITR has unveiled the calendar for the 2020 season, featuring ten rounds, two new locations and one track yet to be announced.

The ten-round campaign retains the double header format that it had this year, with the respective qualifying session still held on Saturday and Sunday morning. The W Series, which supported the series during the 2019 championship, will continue this role in 202o0

Unlike the 2019 campaign, the 2020 season will not commence in Germany. Instead, the first port of call will be Belgium as the season kicks off at Zolder on April 24-26, followed by the first German round at the Lausitzring, to be held on May 15-17.

The third round is still somewhat of a mystery, as only the date has been published: 29-31 May, with the circuit to be announced at a later date. Round four then takes the championship to perhaps the most eyebrow-raising location: Anderstorp, Sweden. The track hosted the Swedish Grand Prix on six occasions, and was host to the infamous win for Brabham's controversial BT46B 'Fan Car' in 1978. The fourth round of the 2020 DTM championship will be the first time the championship has visited Sweden, and is set for 12-14 June.

Round five is held at the second new venue on the calendar, as Misano is replaced by Monza, as previously announced. This makes Monza the fourth track to host the championship after Adria Raceway, Mugello and Misano. DTM's debut at the Temple of Speed is set for 26-28 June.

The rest of the championship is held on venues familiar to those who followed the 2019 campaign, as the series visits the Norisring and Brands Hatch before return to Assen for round eight. The final two rounds of the series remain unchanged for this year, as the Nürburgring hosts the penultimate round before the season finale at the Hockenheimring.

“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.

“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.”

When questioned about the identity of the venue for the event scheduled from 29-31 May, Kostron added: “We still have one surprise in store. And it’s very exciting.”