DTM pushes season start until July due to coronavirus

DTM has issued a heavily revised 2020 calendar in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, with the season now set to begin in early July.

DTM pushes season start until July due to coronavirus
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The 2020 DTM campaign was originally due to get underway at Circuit Zolder on April 24-26, although this had become increasingly unlikely after Europe became the epicenter of COVID-19 in recent weeks.

Indeed, Zolder and the next four rounds of the championship have been moved later in the year, with Norisring now hosting the season opener on July 10-12.

The inaugural DTM race at Russia’s new Igora Drive circuit will take place a month later on July 31 - August 2, although DTM may choose to host its Swedish round at Anderstorp Raceway on that date instead and hold the Igora Drive race later on October 2-4.

DTM has managed to retain all 10 events that were originally on the calendar, but this has pushed the season well into November.

Interestingly, the season will now conclude on November 13-15 at Monza instead of Hockenheim, which has traditionally served as the curtain-closer for the DTM in recent years.

The revised calendar has managed to avoid a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours, which is now scheduled to take place on September 19-20, a week after DTM visits Assen.

The original schedule for the 2020 DTM season featured a clash between its Swedish round and Le Mans, which could have potentially affected Audi driver Mike Rockenfeller’s sportscar commitments with Corvette Racing.

There was no word on when the DTM will run its pre-season test, having first opted to move it from Monza to Hockenheim before calling it off altogether.

Revised 2020 DTM calendar:

Date

Venue

July 10-12

Norisring

July 31-August 2

Igora Drive / Anderstorp 

August 7-9

Zolder

August 22-23

Brands Hatch

September 4-6

Assen

September 11-13

Nurburgring

October 2-4

Igora Drive / Anderstorp

October 16-18

Lausitzring

November 6-8

Hockenheim

November 13-15

Monza

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