The DTM will return to China next year with a race in a yet-to-be-decided city.
Championship promoter ITR announced on Monday that the series, which last visited the country in 2010, would stage an event next autumn either in Shanghai or Guangdong.
“We are delighted that we are allowed to be guests with the DTM in China for the third time,” said ITR chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht. “The Chinese passenger car market is among the fastest-growing in the world and therefore is very important for our manufacturers Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz. Moreover, we see the commitment and the passion with which our Chinese partners are pushing for this project and as a result, we feel very well in China.”
The event has been made possible by a collaboration between the ITR and the Chinese Brilliant Culture Group, which was also responsible for the 2010 street race in Shanghai at which Paul di Resta became DTM champion. The series also visited Shanghai, on a different temporary layout, in 2004 for a non-championship event won by Gary Paffett.
Brilliant Culture’s Maggie Ip added: “China is ready for DTM’s return. We are now the largest car market in the world and the Chinese fans of Audi, BMW and Mercedes Benz are looking forward to seeing their favorite manufacturers race here again. DTM will no doubt help grow motorsports culture in China.”