The FIA World Touring Car Championship’s final round of the 2015 season at Qatar’s Losail circuit will be moved to a Friday night timeslot, series organisers have confirmed. The event will take place on November 26-27.
After one of five new venues on this year’s FIA WTCC calendar, where it replaces the traditional end-of-year event at Macau, the Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF) has already extended its contract with series owner Eurosport to a three-year deal by signing a new contract at last weekend’s round at Paul Ricard.
The event will also mark the championship’s first ever night-time round.
“I am very excited and looking forward to having the WTCC teams at Losail for their first ever night race,” QMMF president Nasser Khalifa Al Atya said.
“I promise my full support and my team will work closely with the WTCC to ensure an excellent and unforgettable racing experience.”
“The addition of Qatar to the calendar ensures that this is a true world championship,” WTCC series boss François Ribeiro added.
Built at a cost of $58 million, the 5.38-kilometre circuit is now a fixture on the MotoGP championship calendar but has so far struggled to break into open-wheel categories, despite having a Level 1 rating from the FIA that would allow it to host a Formula 1 Grand Prix.
The circuit has previously played host to the short-lived Grand Prix Masters series in 2006, as well as a round of the now-defunct GP2 Asia Series in 2009.
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