More Street Races Planned

The World Touring Car Championship could have four street races within two seasons, according to this week's Autosport

More Street Races Planned

Abu Dhabi in the Middle East is the latest location tipped for a round of the series, possibly as early as next season. Macau is the only confirmed street event so far, joining possible races in Helsinki in Finland and Monaco.

WTCC boss Marcello Lotti said: "I have had a motorsport contact working on behalf of the government of Abu Dhabi. They are very interested in motorsport and have bought a five percent stake in Ferrari and now want to organise a street event with us.

"It is something we are working on. The idea is to have the race as soon as possible after the end of Ramadan, but nothing has been settled yet."

Both Abu Dhabi and Helsinki are on the working draft of next season's calendar, which also includes Brands Hatch.

The WTCC and FIA GT championship will split as predicted next season, after Lotti's organisation broke off negotiations with FIA GT boss Stephane Ratel, who did not want to cut his races from three to two hours.

WTCC 2006 working calendar:

Monza Italy April 9 Magny Cours France April 23 Brno Czech Republic May 7 Brands Hatch UK May 21 Helsinki Finland June 4 Puebla Mexico June 25 Curitiba Brazil July/August Oschersleben Germany September 3 Istanbul Turkey September 17 Valencia Spain October 1 Abu Dhabi UAE October 29 Macau China November 19 

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