The DTM round series has droppped events in Britain and the Netherlands for Hungary and China next year.
While the six German venues on the schedule remain unchanged, the DTM has revamped its international dates. Moscow Raceway and Austria’s Spielberg keep their races, but Brands and Zandvoort miss out as the series heads to the Hungaroring for the first time since 1988 and returns to China as expected.
It has not yet been decided whether the Shanghai or Guangdong circuit will be used for the Chinese event on Sept. 28 next year.
DTM chief Hans Werner Aufrecht said that while Brands and Zandvoort had been good venues for the championship, Hungary and China were stronger markets.
“We witnessed great races at these circuits and have to say thank you for the good cooperation,” he said. “In 2014, however, we want turn toward other interesting markets.
“DTM most definitely has got its roots in Germany. Therefore, we won’t touch the number of German rounds on the calendar.”
BRANDS DECISION MUTUAL
Jonathan Palmer, head of Brands owner MotorSport Vision, said the decision to part with the DTM was a mutual one.
“We have enjoyed hosting DTM at Brands Hatch for eight years but we have agreed with ITR that it’s time for the event to move on,” he said.
Aufrecht said that the level of Eastern European interest in the DTM prompted the Hungaroring move.
“The Formula 1 circuit meets the highest standards and Eastern Europe also has got a lot of DTM enthusiasm,” he said. “In addition, our three manufacturers, Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz, have got plants not far from the circuit.”
The DTM’s return to China had been announced earlier this year. It used Shanghai street tracks for a 2004 non-championship race and the2010 season finale (LEFT).
“The Chinese car market is one of the fastest growing markets of the world and therefore, it has got major significance for our manufacturers,” said Aufrecht. “Furthermore, we can feel the extraordinary commitment and the passion of our Chinese partners for this project and therefore, we feel well cared for there.”
2014 DTM calendar:May 4 Hockenheim (D)May 18 Oschersleben (D)June 1 Hungaroring (H) **June 29 Norisring (D)July 13 Moscow Raceway (RUS)August 3 Spielberg (A)August 10 Nurburgring (D) ***September 14 Lausitzring (D) **September 28 China (CN) - TBAOctober 19 Hockenheim (D)* Subject to approval by FIA** Subject to promoter agreements*** Date to be confirmed