The UK round of the WTCC has been dropped from the 2012 calendar

The FIA World Motor Sport Council has unveiled a revised championship calendar for the 2012 World Touring Car Championship season, which included the sensational news that there will be no round in the United Kingdom.

After being dropped at the last minute from the 2011 calendar, a race at Argentina is back on the roster, with the event kick-starting the sequence of flyaway races that will see the championship head to its usual host countries in Brazil, Japan, China and Macau.

The shelved round in Morocco also makes a return to the calendar in April, while the new races at the Salburgring (Austria) and Sonoma (USA) are also confirmed.

For the first time in the championship’s history, there will be no races in the championship’s traditional heartlands of the UK, France and Germany, with the round at Oschersleben also confirmed as being dropped from the calendar.

The Portuguese round has thankfully been relocated to Estoril after this year’s utterly dull return to the streets of Porto.

The round at China has been moved from Tianma to the Shanghai International Circuit.

The final confirmed calendar is as follows:

11 MAR ITA Race of Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan
01 APR ESP Race of Spain Circuit Ricardo Tormo, Valencia*
15 APR MOR Race of Morocco Streets of Marrakech
06 MAY HUN Race of Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest
20 MAY AUT Race of Austria Salzburgring, Salzburg
03 JUN POR Race of Portugal Autódromo do Estoril, Estoril
08 JUL ARG Race of Argentina TBA
22 JUL BRZ Race of Brazil Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba, Curitiba
23 SEP USA Race of United States Infineon Raceway, Sonoma
21 OCT JPN Race of Japan Suzuka East Circuit, Suzuka
04 NOV CHN Race of China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai
18 NOV MAC Guia Race of Macau Guia Circuit, Macau

* Subject to the homologation of the circuit

The FIA has also confirmed that it would consider allowing cars that conform to Super 2000 regulations (being 2.0-litre normally-aspirated and turbodiesel cars) on a race-by-race basis only.

[Images via FIA WTCC Media]

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