Sweden and Russia join initial 2020 W Series calendar

W Series has announced an initial six-race 2020 calendar which will see the championship visit Russia and Sweden with more races set to be announced.

All six of the races are set to be run alongside the DTM championship with three of the circuits all being new to W Series.

The new 2.539-mile Igora drive circuit outside St Petersburg will play host to the third round of the DTM championship but is the first of the scheduled races for W Series on May 29-30.

Anderstorp Raceway in Sweden - formerly the home of the Formula 1 Swedish Grand Prix between 1973 and 1978 - has been named as the second race on the schedule two weeks later.

Monza is currently set to be the third round of the championship on June 26-27. The low-downforce nature of the circuit will be an all-new challenge for the Tatuus-T138 cars.

A return to the famous Norisring is set to follow a fortnight later.

There is a six-week gap until the next round at Brands Hatch on August 22-23 with Assen being the final round current scheduled a further two weeks on.

W Series Chief Executive Officer, Catherine Bond Muir said: “We at W Series are thrilled to announce two exciting and important new countries in which W Series will race in 2020: Russia and Sweden.

“Our Swedish race, at Anderstorp, will take W Series to the Nordics for the first time, a region that’s home to our Finnish driver Emma Kimilainen, who was one of the stars of the 2019 W Series championship, winning at Assen [Netherlands] last year, as well as one of our new-for-2020 drivers, our recently announced Norwegian driver Ayla Agren.

“Our Russian race, at St Petersburg, will be the home fixture for the youngest driver in the 2020 W Series championship, 16-year-old Irina Sidorkova, from Petrozavodsk.

“Both Sweden and Russia represent important new territories for W Series, powerful economies both, appealing to fans, media and sponsors alike.

“We’ll announce the complete 2020 W Series championship calendar as and when we’ve finalised it.”