World Touring Car Championship (WTCC)

Nordschleife and Buriram in, Spa and Macau out for 2015

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    The FIA giveth, the FIA taketh away.

    While the WTCC’s venture to the Nurburgring Nordschleife is the exciting addition for 2015, the loss of Macau is a disappointing development.

    It’s not the only proper circuit to lose its place on the calendar: Spa-Francorchamps has been dropped along with Austria’s sinuous Salzburgring. Can’t imagine too many people being disappointed at the loss of the bumpy Goldenport track in Beijing.

    Along with the Norschelife, the new venues filling the 12-round schedule are Losail in Qatar, the Villareal street track in Portugal and Thailand’s new Buriram circuit:

    Here’s the schedule:

    6-8 March Aregentina – Termas de Rio Hondo
    17-19 April Morocco – Moulay El Hassan
    1-3 May Hungary – Hugaroring
    15-16 May Germany – Nordschleife
    5-7 June Russia – Moscow Raceway
    19-21 June Slovakia – Sovakiaring*
    26-28 June France – Paul Ricard
    10-12 July Portugal – Vilareal
    11-13 September Japan – ?**
    25-27 September China – Shanghai
    30 Oct – 1 Nov Thailand – Buriram
    20-22 November Qatar – Losail*

    *Subject to agreement


    Shame about Spa, I went this year and it was a great experience. I would’ve also liked to go to the Salzburgring but I guess the TC3 race (subject to confirmation) will do instead. It will also be interesting ending the year somewhere other than Macau. I’m currently thinking of going to Paul Ricard or Vilareal (or both).


    ‘Only’ four clashes with F1 weekends: Hungaroring, Moscow, Slovakiaring and Shanghai.

    With luck, we might get down to two – that is if the Korean F1 round (currently TBC) will fail to go ahead still and if Slovakia negotiates another weekend for its WTCC race (which would make sense, really, as it clashes with the Austrian GP at Spielberg, in relative close proximity).

    Iestyn Davies

    @atticus-2 Maybe 30th August might be better? At least the two clashes left wouldn’t be too close together, i.e. Canada vs. Russia, and China vs. Japan.

    What’s the thinking behind this calendar? Reach new markets? Or is it whoever will pay the FIA to host WTCC?

    Sounds like those two are primed for a summer holiday in Southern Europe!

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