DTM's proposed return to China in 2014 has been cancelled after it was determined the Guangzhou circuit will not be completed in time for the September event.
The German-based series had planned to return to China for the first time since 2010 but modifications required for the circuit have taken longer than expected, preventing the round – which represents the penultimate event of the season - from going ahead as planned on September 27-28.
With no suitable replacement available in China, Zandvoort in the Netherlands will step in to replace the event on the same weekend instead.
“We have to be able to also guarantee the DTM standard when it comes to racing in foreign countries,” said ITR Chairman Hans Werner Aufrecht. “This applies to the safety aspects around the respective circuit, the paddock, the pit facilities including the garages and the spectator areas such as the grand stands. In addition, a solid funding also must be ensured.
“When it comes supposed to be held in China, this year, all this couldn't be realised on the necessary level. Nonetheless, coming back to the most populous country of the world and one of the most important markets for the premium-car manufacturers involved in DTM to contest races, here, remains our goal. And we will keep on working on realising this goal.”
China held a round of DTM in 2010 with a season-finale event around the streets of Shanghai.