W Series to race in Russia and Sweden in 2020

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W Series, the single-seater motor racing championship for female drivers only, has announced an initial list of six races for 2020, including new fixtures in St Petersburg, Russia, and Anderstorp, Sweden.

Run in conjunction with the DTM, the initial six races form part of the 2020 W Series championship and also include Monza, Italy; Norisring, Germany; Brands Hatch, UK; and Assen, Netherlands.

Dave Ryan, W Series Racing director, said, “I don’t yet know a huge amount about the newly built St Petersburg circuit, but the DTM drivers who’ve visited it have been very complimentary about it, describing it as fast and technical.”

The St Petersburg event will be run on the newly built 4.086km Igora Drive, which was developed by Formula 1 circuit designer Hermann Tilke. The former Formula 1 circuit Anderstorp Raceway measures a similar 4.025km in length.

“Our Swedish race, at Anderstorp, will take W Series to the Nordics for the first time,” said W Series CEO Catherine Bond Muir. “Both Sweden and Russia represent important new territories for W Series, powerful economies both, appealing to fans, media and sponsors alike.

“We’ll announce the complete 2020 W Series championship calendar as and when we’ve finalized it.”

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