DTM chooses Guangzhou for China round

Guangzhou to host China's return to the DTM next year.
Guangzhou has been chosen as the location to host the Chinese round of next year's DTM championship instead of Shanghai.

The series had already confirmed its return to China earlier this year but had not specified a location until today.

DTM boss Hans Werner-Aufrecht believes the championship now stands a better chance of producing an exciting spectacle at Guangzhou rather than opting to staging the race at Shanghai for a third time.

“I'm delighted that we succeeded in finding the suiting area for a spectacular street circuit that will host the DTM race in September 2014,” said Aufrecht.

“To date, we have contested two DTM races, in China, and we have an obligation. In our previous races in China, we didn't deliver on the top level and therefore, it's about time for us to provide top motor racing in China, too.

“I'm convinced that we will be able to do so and thrill the Chinese motor-racing enthusiasts.”

Former double-F1 world champion and DTM race winner Mika Hakkinen thinks the move to hold the race at Guangzhou will only serve well for the championships already established popularity.

"The DTM is definitely one of the world's premier racing series and is very much on track with the international expansion into China planned for next year, which will increase its popularity,” said Hakkinen.

“I've seen for myself the enthusiasm and passion of the Chinese fans. I'm sure that the Chinese motor racing enthusiasts will really enjoy seeing the DTM in Guangzhou in 2014."

Maggie Ip, who chairs the race promoting Brilliant Culture Groups, says Guangzhou's interest and knowledge of motorsport along with its close proximity to Hong Kong was a key factor in the Southern province city getting the nod ahead of Shanghai.

“We wanted to race in Guangdong province because the people there have a good understanding of, and have developed an unrivalled passion for motorsports,” said Ip.

“Guangdong is also close to Hong Kong, and motorsports fans there will come to Guangzhou to experience DTM.”

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