Argentina will play host to the World Touring Car Championship for the first time after confirmation of a race at the Termas de Rio Honda circuit in August.
The event will replace the race that should have taken place at the Curitiba circuit in Brazil a week earlier, with Curitiba slipping off the calendar for the first time since first hosting a race back in 2006.
“We have decided to swap from Brazil to Argentina because of logistics reasons,” WTCC General Manager Marcello Lotti said “However, we maintain close relationship with the Brazilian authorities and we plan to include both South American events in the 2014 calendar.
“We are proud to bring WTCC to Argentina for the first time. This is something we have worked on in the last three years and we wish to thank the Ministry of Tourism, the Instituto Nacional de Promoción Turística and the Government of the Province of Santiago del Estero for supporting us in achieving this goal.”
The Termas de Rio Honda circuit had been due to host a round of MotoGP this season but the event was postponed after the Spanish government advised against travel to Argentina for any teams or riders sponsored by Repsol for 'safety reasons', following a dispute between the company and the Argentinean government.