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FIA ETRC announces provisional 2020 calendar, joins forces with WTCR

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07.10.19

The FIA European Truck Racing Championship has announced a provisional nine-event calendar for the 2020 season, joining forces with the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup in Hungary and Slovakia.

Subject to confirmation and ratification by the FIA, the new calendar will see a nine-date schedule which will incude some of Europe’s most challenging and diverse race tracks.

As a result of a successful combined event at the Slovakia Ring in 2018, the ETRC promoter ETRA and WTCR promoter Eurosport Events have reached agreement for their respective series to share the timetable once again in 2020, this time at the Hungaroring and the Slovakia Ring.

The FIA ETRC campaign will start earlier than usual with an event at the Hungaroring, sharing the bill with WTCR.

The schedule will then move on to Misano in Italy. The third event of the season will take place at the Slovakia Ring for the fourth consecutive season. Again, the paddock will be shared with the WTCR community, providing enhanced coverage and television exposure.

A new round at the end of June is close to being finalised. This date is expected to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

The traditional jewel in the crown event, the ADAC Truck Grand Prix at Nürburgring, is set for the same weekend as 2019. Over 120,000 fans regularly attended the huge celebration of truck racing and truck and transport business which also doubles as a spectacular festival.

The Czech Republic is one of the heartlands of the FIA ETRC as well and a return to Autodrom Most at the end starts the usual busy crescendo of events to round off the season.

The triple-header finale of races stays consistent with Circuit Zolder leading into a back-to-back double header as per 2019.

The penultimate round of the championship is the Le Mans Bugatti circuit and Circuito del Jarama will stay as the venue for the final races of the season.

Georg Fuchs, Managing Director of ETRA:

“At ETRA we have always placed great importance of hitting the right balance of established and popular events with looking at new challenges to work on.

“For 2020 we are delighted to announce an expanded schedule with nine dates planned. One of the dates as yet remain to be confirmed but we expect to sign-off a new race event for the final weekend in June very shortly.

“This will be a pioneering and very interesting race which is sure to capture the enthusiasm and intrigue of teams, partners and race fans all over the world. We expect to reveal the location and further details in the coming weeks and conclude the calendar with a full ratification at the FIA WMSC in December.”

Rolf Werner, Managing Director of ETRA:

“There is a great deal of anticipation for the 2020 FIA ETRC calendar. This is because the level and health of the championship has been stabilised and enhanced in recent season since the ETRA was founded and developed.

“Great racing, great competition and some excellent story lines like the advent of the GRAMMER TRUCK CUP, new partners joining the championship and fresh young talents coming in have given added impetus and new vision.

“We have several announcements to come on the final elements of the calendar but it was out intention to share with all the stakeholders and many fans how the 2020 schedule was taking shape.”

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events:

“While we’re keeping the full provisional 2020 calendar under wraps until it has gone through the necessary approval process, we’re really pleased to confirm the alliance between Eurosport Events and ETRA, which will help to deliver two great weekends of entertainment featuring two very popular categories at two great venues, each located within close proximity of a capital city.”

2020 FIA EUROPEAN TRUCK RACING CHAMPIONSHIP PROVISIONAL CALENDAR

· April 25/26: Hungaroring (HUN)

· May 23/24: Misano (ITA)

· June 6/7: Slovakia Ring (SVK)

· June,21 or 28: TBC

· July 18/19: Nürburgring (GER)

· August 29/30: Most (CZE)

· September 12/13: Zolder (BEL)

· September 26/27: Le Mans* (FRA)

· October 3/4: Jarama (ESP)

*subject to finalising organiser agreement (All dates subject to ratification by the FIA World Motorsport Council)