Donington DTM date remains provisional

DTM boss Hans-Werner Aufrecht has announced details of the series' 2001 calendar - but an October slot for Donington Park remains provisional

Donington DTM date remains provisional

The 11-event schedule includes four non-German meetings, with guaranteed slots for Zolder (Belgium), the A1-Ring (Austria) and Zandvoort (Holland).

Donington has been pencilled in for October 7, but could be replaced by Oschersleben. Although Mercedes is keen to race at the Leicestershire track, Opel motorsport boss Volker Strycek says he would only commit to a British round if the costs of transporting its multi-car fleet to the UK are covered by Donington. Opel is also pressing to reduce the championship to just 10 rounds: "That's what our budget allows," said a spokesman.

One further sticking point is that the circuit's date clashes with the finale of the British Touring Car Championship.

The rest of the calendar contains few surprises, with the season beginning and ending at Hockenheim. With the dispute between the DTM's organisers, the ITR, and the Nurburgring over advertising and ticket prices likely to be resolved, Germany's four other permanent tracks are set to host a single event each, with the Norisring street circuit taking its traditional July date. However, should Donington be taken off the schedule, Oschersleben or Nurburgring will be given an extra round.

The ITR confirmed its intention to run the Lausitzring's races on the venue's tri-oval, but this will depend on a number of factors, including the availability of experienced marshals and the provision of enough pre-event testing. The DTM must also receive an official sanction from the FIA, motorsport's governing body, before it can race on an oval.



Apr 22 Hockenheim (short circuit)
May 6 Oschersleben or Nurburgring
May 20 Eurospeedway Lausitz
Jun 17 Sachsenring
Jul 8 Norisring
Aug 12 Zolder (B)
Aug 26 Nurburgring or tbc
Sep 9 A1-Ring (A)
Sep 23 Zandvoort (NL)
Oct 7 Donington (GB) or Oschersleben
Oct 21 Hockenheim

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