DTM 2019 schedule is out

The 2019 DTM schedule has been announced today by the organizers behind the series, ITR.

There will be 9 rounds, on 8 different circuits. 6 of those were on the 2018 version too, while the other two are new.

The season will start at Hockenheim in May, starting with a date clash with the FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa Francorchamps, which BMW surely won’t be happy about.

That round will be followed by the first new one compared to 2018, in the shape of the Belgian Zolder circuit.

The only race in June will be run at Misano in Italy, before Norisring and Assen will be run in July. Assen has never previously been on the DTM schedule.

Brands Hatch and Lausitzring will host a round each in August, before Nürburgring and the final at Hockenheim will be run in September and October respectively.

The series will no longer go to Hungaroring in Hungary, Zandvoort in The Netherlands and the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

The plan is to do two races together with Super GT, but those dates haven’t been announced yet.

DTM Hockenheim, 2018
Photo: JJ Media

The new “old” Formula 3 series will be a full season support series for the DTM. The cars, which today is used in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, will still be used, while FIA are going for the current GP3 series, getting renamed to FIA Formula 3 Championship. All that is happening while ITR really wants the Formula 3 cars as their support series – total confusion.

Porsche will do selected rounds with Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and Porsche GT3 CUP Challenge Benelux.

Something that has raised a lot of eyebrows, is that the W Series was announced as support series for the first 6 rounds of the 2019 DTM. For those who doesn’t already know, the W Series was announced just this week, being a new single-seater series just for women, where they will run in GP3 similar cars, battling for total price fund of 1,5 million US Dollars. The series has been welcomed by very mixed feelings, since some people think that it’s good that women will have a championship, putting their gender into focus, while other women much rather want to fight against all the men – like they always have done.

The 2019 schedule looks like this – subject to final confirmation:

The 2019 DTM calendar

15th to 18th April, Lausitzring
ITR test

03rd to 05th May, Hockenheim
inter alia with W Series, Formula 3, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

17th to 19th May, Zolder
inter alia with W Series, Formula 3, Porsche GT3 CUP Challenge Benelux, Belcar Endurance Championship

07th to 09th June, Misano
inter alia with W Series, Formula 3

05th to 07th July, Norisring
inter alia with W Series, Formula 3, Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland

19th to 21st July, Assen
inter alia with W Series, Formula 3, Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Benelux, Lotus Cup Europe

10th to 11th August, Brands Hatch
inter alia with W Series, Formula 3, Lotus Cup Europe

23rd to 25th August, Lausitzring
inter alia with Formula 3

13th to 15th September, Nürburgring
inter alia with Formula 3, Lotus Cup Europe, Porsche GT3 CUP Challenge Benelux

04th to 06th October, Hockenheim
inter alia with Formula 3

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