Cold shower for DTM at Norisring


The day after the announcement of its new calendar for 2020, the DTM is suffering a setback and will have to postpone its recovery by a month. The hope of competing in the first meeting on the Norisring, in the city of Nuremberg, is now gone following a decision by the local authorities. The event was due to take place there on the weekend of 12 July and the championship was optimistic given the resumption behind closed doors of football matches, including in the stadium close to the track.

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However, the city of Nuremberg has indicated that it will not allow the race to take place, pointing out that any large-scale event is prohibited until at least early September due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Due to the infection protection order in place during the coronavirus crisis, and the prohibition of major events, we cannot grant approval for the DTM to Norisring, which was scheduled to take place from July 10 to 12”the city said in a statement. “As the authority responsible for the administration of the region, and after reviewing this event, we came to the conclusion that even a closed race could not be approved because of the law for protection against infections. As things stand, we cannot grant exceptional authorization.”

“We regret this situation and look forward to a new edition of the traditional Norisring race next year”, adds Marcus Konig, Mayor of Nuremberg.

The first round of the 2020 DTM season is therefore expected to take place in Belgium on the weekend of August 1st and 2nd, at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit. However, the organizers are awaiting official and final confirmation for this round.

The DTM competitors have an appointment next week on the Nurbrugring for a few days of testing before the start of the season.

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