W Series 2020 calendar announced: Russia and Sweden among initial venuesby Dominic Tobin on 31st October 2019
Second season to see an expansion of the W Series championship: 2020 calendar will include more races and new venues
The W Series championship is set to expand in its second year, with more rounds and new locations for the 2020 season.
A new St Petersburg circuit in Russia, and Anderstorp, in Sweden are among six tracks confirmed for next year, with more due to be announced later.
Organisers said that these tracks form part of next season’s W Series calendar, with each race weekend also including a DTM round. This year's inaugural series was made up of six races.
The top 12 drivers from the 2019 championship will return to the series in 2020, and will be joined by eight new drivers.
W Series 2020 Championship: confirmed venues
- Igora Drive (Russia): May 29-30 2020
- Anderstorp (Sweden): June 12-13 2020
- Monza (Italy): June 26-27 2020
- Norisring (Germany): July 10-11 2020
- Brands Hatch (UK): August 22-23 2020
- Assen (Netherlands): September 4-5 2020
“We at W Series are thrilled to announce two exciting and important new countries in which W Series will race in 2020: Russia and Sweden,” said Catherine Bond, W Series chief executive.
“Both Sweden and Russia represent important new territories for W Series, powerful economies both, appealing to fans, media and sponsors alike.
“We’ll announce the complete 2020 W Series championship calendar as and when we’ve finalised it.”
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Igora drive: St Petersburg's new circuit
Igora Drive is a new circuit near St Petersburg, in Russia, designed by Hermann Tilke. Dave Ryan, the W Series race director, described it as “fast and technical, finishing with an exciting uphill final sector consisting of a series of quick-fire corners, a hairpin and a long straight".
Anderstorp hosted the Swedish Grand Prix between 1973 and 1978, and has since been visited by MotoGP, the World Touring Car Championship and the FIA GT Championship.