The DTM provided a modified variation of its calendar on Wednesday which employed Norisring as the opening round of the season on July 10-12 – even as other series have actually axed all their street races due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The potential customers of Nosiring hosting a DTM round were enhanced by a closed-doors football match that was held at the surrounding Max-Morlock Stadium in May.
However, in a news release provided on Thursday, the city of Nuremberg stated that it can not permit the race to happen while a restriction on significant occasions remains in location up until early September.
“Due to the Infection Protection Ordinance in force during the corona crisis and the ban on major events, we are unable to grant approval for the Norisring of the DTM, which is planned to be held from July 10 to 12,” stated the release.
“As the responsible district administration authority, we have come to the conclusion after examination that this event, even as a ‘ghost race’, cannot be approved for reasons of infection protection law and that we cannot grant an exceptional approval as things stand today.”
With the Norisring round set to be axed from the calendar, the 2020 DTM season is now anticipated to get underway at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on August 1-2.
The Belgian round is a late addition to the DTM schedule and will operate on a compressed schedule over 2 days – as opposed to 3 days for a routine DTM occasion.
The DTM is still waiting on approval from regional authorities to permit the series to host its very first race at the Belgian Formula 1 place given that 2005.