DTM returns to Brands Hatch for 2018

Roman Wittemeier and Jamie Klein
This article first appeared on autosport.com

The DTM will return to Brands Hatch next season, with the Kent venue securing an August date to host the German tin-top series, Motorsport News has learned.

A draft calendar submitted by championship organiser the ITR to the FIA for approval features a race at Brands Hatch on August 11-12, which would mark the first DTM race in the UK since 2013.

It will be held on the full Grand Prix layout, rather than the Indy circuit that was used from 2006-13.

As reported by Autosport last month, Donington Park had also been in the running to host the DTM’s UK return, but it’s understood that Brands Hatch was always the ITR’s preferred target.

Brands will be one of two new venues on the 2018 calendar alongside Misano, which has been given a date of August 25-26 – giving Italy its first DTM race since Adria’s 2010 event.

It was originally thought that the UK round would be given an April date, but its shift to August means that Hockenheim will play host to the 2018 season opener on May 5-6.

The only remaining uncertainty on the calendar concerns the second round at Lausitz on May 19-20, which clashes with Formula E’s Berlin ePrix – and may therefore end up being moved.

Provisional 2018 DTM calendar

May 5-6, Hockenheim
May 19-20, Lausitz
June 2-3, Hungaroring
June 23-24, Norisring
July 14-15, Zandvoort
August 11-12, Brands Hatch
August 25-26, Misano
September 8-9, Nurburgring
September 22-23, Red Bull Ring
October 13-14, Hockenheim

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