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Monza could be included in 2020 calendar

The Italian round of the DTM, which has been held at Misano for the last two years, could move to Monza for the 2020 season.

Misano first hosted the DTM in 2018 after a ten-year absence of the German series on Italian soil, but series promoter ITR is searching for alternatives for 2020, with Monza as one possible target.

“We are in discussions but I don’t think we are yet in the final stages,” ITR boss Gerhard Berger told “It’s an option. We are looking into it.”

Misano should still have a valid contract for 2020, as all the tracks on the DTM calendar are signed in three-year deals, but there are exit clauses.

Assen and Zolder have already been confirmed for next year while the Nürburgring and Brands Hatch look set to continue.

Audi Motorsport boss Dieter Gass said: “In order for the series to be more international there should be fewer races in Germany and more elsewhere.

“But we’ve had different experiences with international races so far. Looking at Assen, for example, it was a fantastic event. Misano again struggled though we had Dovizioso there. For Brands ticket sales have been slow, which is a shame, as both Italy and the UK are important markets for us.

“I think it’s a question of finding the right promoter. At Assen the promoter did a lot of things to draw people to the race, so it’s something to consider,” concluded Gass.

The Swedish track Anderstorp has also been mentioned as a possible venue for 2020, although ITR boss Berger played down the possibility.

The 2020 DTM calendar will be finalised in the coming weeks, with an announcement expected at the season finale at Hockenheim in five weeks’ time.