WTCC issues amended 2016 calendar

The World Touring Car Championship has issued an amended calendar for the 2016 season following the cancellation of the season start in Sochi, Russia.

The WTCC Race of Russia has instead been moved to Moscow Raceway on 10-12 June, taking over the date previously held by the Race of Portugal at Vila Real that has been moved to 24-26 June.

"It has always been our intention to preserve Russia's presence on the WTCC calendar and we are very pleased to have reached agreement with Moscow Raceway for this to happen," said Francois Ribeiro, head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter.

"The venue always delivers excellent WTCC races and its close proximity to the Russian capital provides a number of promotional opportunities and I expect this event to run at a much larger scale than previous editions.

"Our sincere thanks go to the city of Vila Real, the FPAK in Portugal, the RAF in Russia, our Russian stakeholders Lada and Rosneft and the FIA Touring Car Commission for all their assistance with this calendar change.

"We now look forward to a very exciting WTCC with new cars, new drivers, new MAC 3 format and other new initiatives in store."

The new schedule means, as previously reported, that the French race at Paul Ricard will host the season start on April 1-3.

The calendar remains provisional as it has been submitted to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for approval.

Amended 2016 WTCC calendar:

DateVenue
3 April   Paul Ricard 
17 April   Slovakiaring 
24 April   Hungaroring 
8 May   Marrakech 
29 May   Nurburgring (Nordschleife) 
12 June  Moscow
26 June  Vila Real
7 August   Termas de Rio Hondo 
4 September   Motegi 
25 September   Shanghai 
6 November   Buriram 
25 November   Losail 

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