The calendar for the first season of the all-electric PURE ETCR season has been published, featuring five events on a mixture of permanent and street circuits in Europe and Asia.
The season is set to get underway at Vallelunga in Italy on 18 – 20 June, with a summer date selected for the first-ever event to give the new series the best chance to avoid the effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Zolder in Belgium will hold the second event three weeks’ later on 2 – 4 July, before the series moves to Aragón in Spain – the venue for promotional activities last year – on 9 – 11 July, supporting the FIA World Touring Car Cup.
Copenhagen in Denmark hosts the fourth round on the Bellahøj Park street circuit on 6 – 8 August, before the series concludes in South Korea on 15 – 17 October at the Inje Speedium, again supporting the FIA WTCR.
Only sea freight will be utilised for the new series, limiting the carbon footprint of the series. In recent years FIA World Touring Cars have generally also used sea freight due to the more cost-effective nature.
“We are delighted to present the calendar for the inaugural season of the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car championship; something that’s been extremely challenging due to the uncertainty created by the global pandemic, and which has needed a lot of flexibility,” said PURE ETCR Series Director Xavier Gavory.
“Thanks to the tireless efforts of our team and collaboration from our stakeholders, we are proud to announce this schedule, which blends classic permanent racetracks, punishing street circuits and throughly modern venues across the full circuit-racing spectrum.
“By competing in countries with established touring car fanbases, as well as visiting growing motorsport markets, we’re sure many new fans will be introduced to PURE ETCR.
“These are the most powerful touring cars ever made, competing in an innovative knock-out circuit-racing format and I’m sure the racing is going to be ultra-close, as we expect in touring cars.
“We can’t wait to get started so we can show everyone just how thrilling electric racers can be.”
PURE ETCR 2021 calendar
June 18-20 – Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi, Italy
July 2-4 – Circuit Zolder, Belgium
July 9-11 – Motorland Aragón, Spain
August 6-8 – Copenhagen Historic Grand Prix, Denmark
October 15-17 – Inje Speedium, South Korea