The Spielberg weekend is not on the 2023 DTM calendar

The 2023 DTM race calendar is a reasonably well-kept secret – and can be for a while. The eagerly awaited launch of all the dates, which have been truly purported to happen subsequent to the subsequent race weekend in Spielberg (September 23-25), has been postponed. This was confirmed by DTM umbrella physique ITR when requested by Motorsport-Magazin.com.

The cause for the later announcement is the racing calendar for the 2023 Formula 1 season introduced this Tuesday and permitted by the World Motor Sport Council. And specifically the determination by the FIA ​​to carry the F1 race in Belgium on July 30, 2023, precisely to set a long-awaited date for subsequent yr’s 24-hour race at the identical venue at the Ardennes circuit.

What initially precipitated nice confusion and incomprehensibility amongst many motorsport followers was resolved by the GT World Challenge in the night, which included the Spa 24-hour race, the group headed by SRO: Stephan Rattel introduced that the 24-hour race -Twenty ninth to thirtieth Hourly Classic on July 1st-2nd as a substitute of the July occasion. “Mostly used date for twenty-four hour spas since 1953,” the organizer smugly introduced.

The chain response initiated by the FIA ​​additionally impacts the ITR, as a result of: According to data from Motorsport-Magazin.com, the Motorclub Nürnberg (MCN), in session with these accountable in the Franconian metropolis, blocked two weekends at Norrising Season spotlight: June thirtieth – 02 July, 2023 and per week later from 07 – 09, 2023.

After the change of SRO, the first date is now the seventy fifth version of 24 Hours of Spa. Overlap is virtually not possible as a lot of works drivers in the DTM are firmly scheduled for the world’s most prestigious GT3 race. As it stands now, the Norrising Speedweekend – the spotlight of the DTM calendar – will subsequently happen on July seventh – ninth, 2023. At the identical time, Formula 1 is making a visitor look at Silverstone in the UK, though it is not possible to overlap with the file calendar of 24 Grands Prix anyway.

A potential adjustment of the Norrising date has an affect on the remainder of the DTM calendar, which should first be clarified intimately with all companions. Understandably, hoping for a launch subsequent weekend is hardly price it. To illustrate: the relocation of the 24-hour race to Spa resulted in a 14-date relocation for the SRO and its supporting race collection!

Until a ultimate announcement is made, hypothesis could proceed about the 2023 DTM calendar, which, in keeping with Martin Tomczyk, will take the conventional collection additional “again to the roots”. Motorsport-Magazin.com had already solely reported on 14th September {that a} return to 2 race weekends at Hockenheim with the begin and end – as had occurred 20 occasions between 1995 and 2019 – was being mentioned.

Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg is the hottest racetrack for DTM followers, as the 2008 season finale formally proved a file attendance of 165,000 spectators over three days. It matches with DTM boss Gerhard Berger’s plan to focus the collection extra on German followers over the subsequent eight race weekends.

An attention-grabbing assertion got here from DTM platform supervisor Tomasic, who, when requested by motorsport-magazine.com, did not wish to rule out the risk that the 2023 DTM may have a couple of race weekend in the identical neighboring nation: “It cannot. We even have one other one.” It can’t be dominated out that we’ll maintain two occasions in the nation.”

The prospects are clear and are more and more being introduced into play behind closed doorways: with the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg and the Salzburger close to the German border, the DTM has two racetracks which are extraordinarily common not solely in Austria.

A return to Salzburg close to the border – the place the DTM final hosted in 1988 and several other mass crashes precipitated complete harm in the hundreds of thousands – can be significantly nicely acquired by the Austrians in the DTM.

First and foremost is BMW works driver Philipp Eng, who lives close to Salzburg am Mondsee. “I used to be there final Saturday and the monitor is in good situation. I dwell quarter-hour away however have by no means raced there. It’s completely insane! An old-fashioned monitor that separates the wheat from the chaff. I’ve no worries about the driving. On the Salzburger , we additionally drive on the Nordschleife with a GT3 automobile.”

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