Misano double-header to host DTM's first night races

Both of this year's DTM races at Misano are to be held at night, the series has confirmed

Misano double-header to host DTM's first night races

As previously reported by Autosport, promoter ITR was considering hosting the DTM's first-ever night-time races at the Italian venue, which is one of two new additions to the 2018 calendar.

Now it has been confirmed that both the Misano races on 25-26 August will start at 10.20pm local time.

It will be only the second time the DTM has held official running of any kind after dark, following a top-10 qualifying shootout held at the Nurburgring in 2003 (pictured above).

As well as ensuring the races take place in cooler temperatures, shifting the Misano races to the evening avoids a direct clash with the Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix, which falls on the same weekend.

It has also been announced that this year's Lausitz races will take place on the full-length 4.345km Grand Prix circuit for the first time since 2004.

Previously, the DTM used the shorter 3.478km layout that featured only a small portion of the oval track's back straight before bearing left to rejoin the road course.

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