Austria back on DTM schedule in '11
|By Matt Beer||Wednesday, September 29th 2010, 09:33 GMT|
A return to Austria after an eight-year absence and the addition a non-championship stadium event in Munich are the main changes in next year's DTM calendar, which was announced today.
The Austrian Grand Prix venue in Spielberg/Zeltweg has been heavily redeveloped in recent years and will be reopened next season under the Red Bull Ring title.
The DTM will be one of its first major events, with the touring car series set to visit for its third 2011 round on 5 June next year. The previous iteration of the track hosted the DTM from 2001 to 2003.
The Red Bull Ring replaces Italian track Adria on the DTM schedule, which will conclude in Shanghai for a second straight year.
The other main change for 2011 is the addition of a Race of Champions style knock-out event in Munich's Olympic Stadium on 17 July. Although this will not count for points next season, the organisers have not ruled out making it a fully-fledged championship round in the future.
Provisional 2011 DTM schedule:
1 May Hockenheim 15 May Zandvoort 5 June Red Bull Ring 19 June Lausitz 3 July Norisring 17 July Olympic Stadium (non-championship) 7 August Nurburgring 4 September Brands Hatch 18 September Oschersleben 2 October Valencia 23 October Hockenheim 6 November Shanghai