DTM has announced via social media that the series will race at Monza, Italy, in 2020, with the full calendar set to be announced in October.
Series director Gerhard Berger has continually given strong indications that he would like to take the series to new circuits, which has resulted in a return to Brands Hatch in 2018 and Assen this year.
After reported struggles to boost fan numbers at the current Italian round at Misano, talks were in place to move to another circuit.
Monza is one of the world’s most iconic Grand Prix venues, and is renowned for it’s long straights and tricky chicanes, and would most likely produce the highest average lap speed of any DTM circuit.
The circuit would be unlike any other on the DTM calendar, and would provide exceptionally close racing as cars slipstream down the flat-out sections.
ITR Chairman Gerhard Berger stated the value Monza could add to the DTM schedule.
“For motorsport fans all over the world, Monza is legendary. The characteristics of the circuit promise wheel-to-wheel duels at high speeds as well as good opportunities for overtaking.”
The 5.793km track set in the Milan national park would be the sixth F1 or former F1 circuit on the calendar, and the fourth Italian venue to host the DTM.
“This is the first time that DTM will race at Monza – we’re proud to host a round of this series,” said Pietro Benvenuti, General Manager of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
“These races, backed by an important organisation, will allow us to further develop the potential of our circuit.
“We plan to create an event for the audience not solely limited to motorsport, but something that will involve fans in an unprecedented experience.”
If Misano was to be dropped from the current schedule then the series would remain a nine round season, as Monza would take the early June slot.