From 28 to 30/04/2017
Monza’s third European Touring Car Cup appearance comes four years after the legendary parkland venue last hosted a round of the WTCC’s established feeder category. With famous turns like the Curva Grande, Lesmo and Parabolica in store, the circuit’s return is eagerly awaited. Built in 1922, Monza is not only the spiritual home of Italian motor racing and the country’s Formula One grand prix, the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship event took place at the track north of Milan in 1987, while the first race of the WTCC’s new era in 2005 was also held on Monza’s high-speed layout.
From 12 to 14/05/2017
Located less than 20 kilometres northeast of Budapest, the Hungaroring is famed for hosting the first Formula One grand prix behind the Iron Curtain in 1986. An ever-present on the F1 calendar since, 2017 marks the track’s second ETCC appearance after it was selected for the 2015 opener. And it will be all-change for the bulk of the ETCC drivers following the resurfacing and kerb re-profiling work carried out ahead of the 2016 season. Hungary has form when it comes to producing ETCC talents: Norbert Michelisz is a former winner, Norbert Nagy placed third in the 2016 ETCC S2000 Cup.
From 25 to 27/05/2017
There were no half measures when the European Touring Car Cup made its Germany bow in 2016 with the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, complete with its daunting 25.378-kilometre lap and 64 heart-stopping corners hosting the action. It was an event with a difference with the ETCC and World Touring Car Championship – both of which are promoted by Eurosport Events – combining for two split-grid, three-lap races, albeit from different starting points. Supporting the famous ADAC Zurich 24h Rennen, more than 200,000 fans will flock to the Eifel Mountains course for a week-long celebration when a number of home-based drivers will be competing.
From 23 to 25/06/2017
The first street track to host the European Touring Car Cup, Vila Real is a circuit oozing history and intrigue. Racing has been held on the town’s hillside roads since 1931, when Gaspar Sameiro and Ercilio Barbosa conquered the original 7.150-kilometre course in a Ford Model A. Safety and financial factors meant races were held on an irregular basis until the WTCC’s arrival in 2015 provided stability before the ETCC followed in 2016. The current 4.785-kilometre layout is a challenging blend of turns, climbs and descents. While a handful of chicanes were installed for safety reasons, the spectacle remains unaltered.
From 15 to 17/09/2017
Once the home of the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix, Zolder returns to the ETCC roster for the first time since 2015 when it was also selected as the venue of the penultimate event of the season. Opening in 1963 as Belgium’s first permanent race circuit, Zolder will forever be associated with the death of racing icon Gilles Villeneuve, who died from injuries sustained in an accident while qualifying for the 1982 GP. And while F1 has long since stopped coming to the track, Zolder remains a popular – and challenging – venue for national and international car, bike and truck categories.
From 06 to 08/10/2017
Located an hour north of the Czech capital Prague, Most Autodrom’s opening in 1983 following four years under construction gave the country its first permanent track with rival venue Brno still a road circuit at that stage. Perhaps most famous for hosting a round of the FIA European Truck Racing Championship, the ETCC is a new addition on the Most schedule for 2017 and further proof of the circuit’s ambitions for long-term growth and prosperity. And Most’s inclusion on the ETCC calendar means a return to the Czech Republic for the ETCC following visits to Brno in 2013 and 2015.