There won’t be any major changes to the motorsport activities at Lausitzring in 2018.
The track was bought by DEKRA earlier in the year, who already has a large test area on the large field that is called Lausitzring. There has been many rumours that everything concerning motorsport would be scrapped, and instead having a focus on autonomous vehicles. But all those rumours are turned down in a resent interview with RBB24.
DEKRA acquired the area officially on November 1st and then released the plans for the future.
The race circuit and the oval itself will remain almost unchanged. In fact the track will be resurfaced, on the – very soon to be – 20 year old circuit.
The large grandstands surrounding the oval will also remain unchanged, so the area still can host big events.
The plan is for DTM and ADAC GT Masters to run in May or June, but it won’t be with DEKRA as organizers, but rather ADAC Berlin/Brandenburg, just like before. There will be further races held during the year too. The status of the Superbike World Championship round and Red Bull Air Race aren’t clear yet, but the 2018 calendar is expected to released in January.
So a lot of people can draw a breath of fresh air, and still enjoy racing at the impressive circuit, which among many other things, hosted the first test of the new BMW M8 GTE car, which will be entered in the Weathertech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship.
It would be nice with a big oval race again, just like when Champ-Car held a round at the venue in 2001 and 2003 – but there is nothing on the horizon just now.