Marcello Lotti, the head promoter of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, has conceded that the championship is unlikely to return to race on British soil next year, as the championship continues to focus on broadening its calendar to include more events outside its traditional venues.
This year’s calendar saw the dumping of its traditional races in Britain and Germant in favour of new additions such as Austria’s Salzburgring and the United States’ Infineon Raceway later this year. The Slovak Republic also hosted a round of this year’s championship, although it was a late addition as a replacement for the scrapped round in Argentina.
It is widely tipped that next year’s calendar will feature new rounds in Russia and India; the former is considered a critical market on account of next year’s planned full-time return of local car manufacturer, LADA, as well as the continued high profile enjoyed by Lukoil SEAT racing driver Aleksei Dudukalo.
We are speaking with India, but we are now more sure than ever that we want to include Russia,” Lotti is quoted as saying.
“We think we can obtain more easily for 2013 the circuit homologation for Russia, so it is only a question of starting to negotiate with them. But we need Russia and we will include Russia on the calendar in the next seasons.
“The Indian round is at the moment in negotiation. We need to see what is going on, but we are interested to have India. It is among our targets, not just for 2014 but 2013. I think in one month we will know.”