DTM plans first night race in series history for 2018 Misano round

The DTM is planning to host a night race for the first time in its history at this year's Misano round

DTM plans first night race in series history for 2018 Misano round

Italian circuit Misano is one of two new venues on the 2018 DTM calendar, along with Brands Hatch, and will host its first DTM races on 25-26 August.

Series promoter ITR is understood to be working with TV broadcast partner Sat.1 on the possibility of hosting at least one race in the evening under floodlights, although that plan has not been confirmed.

A spokesperson from ITR told Autosport: "We plan to organise the races in Misano in the evening. That's the basic idea.

"But this is still a 'work in progress' and therefore not yet finalised.

"Accordingly, the starting times have not yet been fixed."

Hosting a night race would be a first for the DTM, although the series did hold a qualifying session in the dark at the Nurburgring back in 2003 [pictured above].

Mercedes driver Lucas Auer indicated he would be in favour of the idea of racing at night.

"I'm especially looking forward to the atmosphere there [at Misano], especially as it's a night race," he said.

Shifting the Misano races to an evening start time would also avoid a direct clash with Formula 1's Belgian Grand Prix, which takes place on the same weekend.

Misano has hosted Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup races in evening slots since 2016.

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