The World Touring Car Championship’s series promoters have submitted a provisional calendar for the 2013 season that has been expanded to thirteen championship rounds, the biggest in the series’ history. The FIA will summon its World Motor Sport Council to sign off on the proposed calendar later this year.
The expanded calendar confirms speculation – which has been bubbling along for months – that the championship was seeking to expand its horizons into so-far untapped markets, including rounds in Russia and India.
The proposed calendar (below) sees the former provisionally listed with a round at the newly-built Moscow Raceway circuit, while the Indian round – slated for the Buddh International Circuit at New Delhi – is not yet showing on the schedule.
Next year’s calendar sees all of this year’s twelve rounds – including the inaugural events in the Slovak Republic, Austria and the United States – on the schedule for a second year.
The one change of note is that Portugal round will be once again held on the streets of Porto, as has been the case in previous years where it has been rotated on a bi-annual basis with either Estoril or Portimão.
The event in Spain is not showing a confirmed circuit, although historically the event on SEAT’s home turf has always been at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on the outskirts of Valencia.
The 2013 calendar follows a similar pattern of event scheduling that has been seen this year. Monza will kick off the championship season once again while the series remains within Europe and North Africa, before heading to the flyaway rounds in the Americas and the Far East.
The provisional calendar reads as follows:
|09-10 MAR||Race of Italy||Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Milan|
|23-24 MAR||Race of Spain||TBA|
|06-07 APR||Race of Morocco||Streets of Marrakech|
|27-28 APR||Race of Slovakia||Automotodróm Slovakiaring, Orechová Potôň|
|04-05 MAY||Race of Hungary||Hungaroring, Budapest|
|18-19 MAY||Race of Austria||Salzburgring, Salzburg|
|08-09 JU||Race of Russia||Moscow Raceway, Moscow|
|29-30 JUN||Race of Portugal||Circuito da Boavista, streets of Porto|
|27-28 JUL||Race of Brazil||Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba, Curitiba|
|21-22 SEP||Race of USA||Infineon Raceway, Sonoma|
|19-20 OCT||Race of Japan||Suzuka East Circuit, Suzuka|
|02-03 NOV||Race of China||Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai|
|15-17 NOV||Guia Race of Macau||Macau Guia street circuit, Macau|