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TCR Europe @ Assen
Nagy and Tassi take one win apiece

The fifth event of the TCR Europe Series, at the historic and beautiful TT Circuit Assen in the Netherlands, turned into an Hungarian Rapsody as Dániel Nagy and Attila Tassi became the seventh and eighth different winners out of ten rounds!
Nagy, at the wheel of the M1RA Hyundai i30 N, took an authoritative win in Race 1 after passing Jean-Karl Vernay’s Leopard Lukoil Team Audi RS3 LMS, which had inherited pole position because pole-sitter Josh Files and his Honda Civic had to serve a three-position grid penalty from the previous round at the Hungaroring. Files took a brilliant start from fourth on the grid and chased the leading duo until he started to suffer from a steering problem. From that moment onwards, his pace faded and he dropped back, eventually finishing in tenth position at the end, while Kris Richard took third. Richard’s Target Competition teammate Dušan Borković delivered a thrilling performance, as he was able to recover and finish sixth, a result that helped him to retake the lead in the standings with a margin of five points over Mikel Azcona who was joined by Nagy on equal points.
Race 2 was even livelier, with Tassi taking the lead from Azcona after a few laps and then delivering the victory in the Honda Civic of the Hell Energy Racing with KCMG squad. Second was a useful result for Azcona, who maintained his second position in the standings, only two points behind Borković, who salvaged a third place after swapping blows and paints with his teammate Richard.
With only two events left - Monza and Barcelona - the fight for the European title is red hot, with Borković leading the standings with a margin of just two points over Azcona. Nagy, who did not finish Assen's second race due to a suspected engine issue - lies third, 20 points behind the leader, but still within striking distance. Tassi (39 points back) and Vernay (44) should not be ruled out for the final battle for the title, considering how effective they can be when things go in the right direction for them.
The TCR Europe Series will return to action at Monza, on September 22 and 23, for the penultimate stop of the season.

Photos: TCR-Photo 4

 

 

 

A TCR Eastern Europe Trophy to kick off in 2019

WSC Ltd, the body behind TCR, and Race Event Management have signed a deal for the organisation of a TCR Eastern Europe Trophy. The Trophy will be held for the first time in 2019 over five or six events; three or four rounds will be run together with the TCR Europe Series and two will be stand-alone events.
Only drivers and teams from Eastern European countries will be eligible to score points for the trophy.
Austria-based Race Event Management, directed by Rainer Werner, is an experienced company that in recent years has promoted the Austrian Touring Car Championship and the Austrian Tourenwagen Cup.

“Everyone can see that motorsport is booming in the Eastern European countries; the number of drivers and teams coming from there is consistently growing, year after year. Together with Race Event Management we deemed the time has come to establish a dedicated trophy for them. We decided to start by running part of the series together with TCR Europe, but we are thinking of an independent championship from 2020 or 2021,” explained WSC director Marcello Lotti.

TCR Europe promoter, Paulo Ferreira added: “The inclusion of a TCR Eastern Europe Trophy in selected events of the 2019 TCR Europe series echoes that of the TCR Benelux Trophy from the current season. It’s further evidence of the interactivity between different promoters that is possible within the TCR category.”

Rainer Werner echoed: “We are grateful to WSC for giving us this opportunity. The participation of drivers and teams from Eastern Europe in the 2018 TCR Europe and the FIA Central European Zone is the evidence that those countries are a large enough basin that deserves a dedicated trophy.”

 

WSC to launch a tender for a common TCR ECU

WSC Ltd, has announced that it will introduce a standard and common TCR Electronic Control Unit (ECU) with the aim of helping the WSC Technical department to check the performance of the engines of TCR cars and compliance with the TCR Technical Regulations in each TCR Series, Championships, Cups and Classes.
A tender for appointing the exclusive supplier of the TCR ECU has been launched on 21 August 2018; the Tender submission date will expire on 17 September 2018 at 18:00 (CET) and the notification of the decision as to the selection of Tenderer will be on 30 September 2018.
The task of the selected Tenderer will be to develop, produce and deliver the common TCR ECU together with its Data Logging System in a quantity sufficient to equip all the TCR cars competing in all the TCR Series, Championships, Cups and Classes for the racing seasons from 2020 until 2023.
The TCR ECU will be offered as an option in 2019 and its use will become mandatory on all TCR cars from 1st January 2020.

Applicant Tenderers, please register HERE.

 

TCR Korea is ready to kick off 

The new TCR Korea championship kicks off this weekend at Yeongam's Korea International Circuit in a joint event with the TCR Asia Series.
Six drivers have entered for the inaugural event and its no surprise that four of them will be at the wheel of Hyundai i30 N cars.
Indigo Racing was the first team to commit to the new series and will run two Hyundai cars for Cho Hoon Hyun and Kang Byung Hui, the latter was part of the Hyundai Motorsport team at this year's 24H Nürburgring.
Two other Hyundai cars have been entered by KMSA Motorsport for Kang Dong Woo and E-Rain Motorsport for Lee Do Hyun.
E-Rain will also run a Volkswagen Golf GTI for Andrew Kim who is the most experienced of the pack, having raced GT cars in Blancpain, Asian Le Mans, Pirelli World Challenge, GT Asia and GT China series.
The field is completed by the Dream Racer Team's Honda Civic FK7 of Kim Byoung Hyun.
Both, Dream Racer and KMSA have plans to enter a second car during the season.

 

TCR Germany @ Zandvoort
The title fight becomes red hot

Racing One’s Niels Langeveld claimed one victory and a second place in his home event at Zandvoort that propelled him on top of the standings, nine points over Harald Proczyk. At the same time, Luca Engstler and Mike Halder have closed the gap from the leader to 22 and 39 points respectively, when 170 are still on offer in the two race meetings left at Sachsenring (September 8/9) and Hockenheim (September 22/23). To add spice to the show, the four contenders drive four different cars: Audi, Opel, Hyundai and Honda in the current order.
Langeveld took an authoritative win Race 1, which was pretty uneventful The safety car was deployed after an incident between Michelle Halder, Lukas Niedertscheider and Kai Jordan; when the race restarted, Langeveld pulled away ahead of Antti Buri, Proczyk, Mike Halder and Engstler. The Dutchman built a 3-second advantage and the positions remained frozen until the end.
In the second race, Engstler took his and Hyundai’s maiden win in the series and Théo Coicaud provided the icing on the cake as he finished second in the sister car. At the start, Engstler kept the advantage of the pole, preceding Loris Prattes, Coicaud, Luke Wankmüller, Mike Halder and Proczyk, but the safety-car was deployed when Max Hesse crashed into the barriers. At the restart, in lap 4, Engstler pulled away and Coicaud passed Prattes for second. Langeveld put in a great show taking P8 from Buri and then P7 from Simon Reicher, while Prattes served a drive-through for jump-start. In lap 7, Langeveld passed Proczyk with a superb overtaking manoeuvre; he seemed unstoppable and added Halder and Wankmüller to the list, moving up to third. By lap 13 Langeveld was on the tail of Coicaud’s car, not far from the leader Engstler. Still, nothing would change in the final laps, also because a light drizzle started to fall, making the track slippery.

Photos: ADAC Motorsport-Gruppe C Photography

 

TCR Scandinavia @ Karlskoga
PWR Racing deprived of race victories

TCR Scandinavia was dramatically shaken at Karlskoga, where all the PWR Racing Cupra cars were excluded for a technical infringement after winning both races.
The Swedish scrutineers argued that the exhaust system of the cars did not conform to the regulations and so excluded Daniel Haglöf (first), Philip Morin (second) and Robert Dahlgren (fifth) from Race 1 and Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky (first) from Race 2.
This completely reshuffled the championship standings that are now led by KMS’ Johan Kristoffersson with 123 points, one more than the defending champion Dahlgren and ten ahead of Lestrup Racing Team’s Andreas Wernersson, while Haglöf has dropped to fourth, 30 points behind the leader.
However, the situation remains uncertain as PWR Racing has appealed against the decisions.
PWR Racing claimed an emphatic 1-2 in Race 1 after pole-sitter Morin led for the first half of the race until his teammate Haglöf dived up the inside on lap 9; the pair then holding those positions until the end. Their teammate Dahlgren lost third position to Kristoffersson on lap 1 and the fourth to Wernersson on lap 3. Kristoffersson was declared the race winner after Haglöf and Morin were excluded; this also promoted Wernersson and Tobias Brink to second and third respectively.
In Race 2, Åhlin-Kottulinsky started from pole position and was then never threatened, becoming the first lady driver to win a race in a major TCR series. Behind her, Mattias Andersson passed Oliver Söderström but was then unable to threaten for the lead. Later on, Kristoffersson and Wernersson passed Söderström for 3rd and 4th places respectively. Åhlin-Kottulinsky’s exclusion meant that Andersson inherited the victory – his second of the season – while Kristoffersson and Wernersson were promoted to second and third.
The next round of the championship is at Rudskogen in Norway on September 8th/9th.

Photos: Micke Fransson

 

IMSA Continental Challenge @ VIR
The Hyundai cars dominate in Utah

Tom O’ Gorman and Kenton Koch claimed the first victory for the eEuroparts.com Racing team in the TCR class of the IMSA Continental Tire Challenge at Virginia International Raceway.
O’Gorman won his second consecutive pole on Friday, and on Saturday, he and co-driver Koch converted that pole to victory. It was anything but a lights-to-flag win, however, as O’Gorman made a trip into the tyre barrier during the early race rainstorm. Undeterred, O’Gorman eventually got the #12 Audi RS3 LMS back on course and he and Koch methodically worked their way back to the front as many of their competitors encountered their own issues.
It took just seven laps for the #12 to get back to the head of the TCR field after the early incident, and Koch claimed the lead from Tom Long in the #77 Compass Racing Audi for the final time with 15 laps remaining. Koch and O’Gorman went on to win by a lap over the #74 Compass Racing Audi pairing of Kuno Wittmer and Rodrigo Sales.
The runner-up result for Wittmer and Sales bolstered their TCR points lead to four, 257-253, over co-drivers Long and Britt Casey Jr. with two races remaining this season. Long and Casey came home third in the #77.
The penultimate round of the series will be held at Laguna Seca on September 8.

Photos: IMSA-LAT IMages

 

VLN @ Nürburgring
Norwegian quartet wins the fifth round

The 6-hour ADAC Ruhr-Pokal-Rennen, fifth round of the VLN series saw the Møller Bil Motorsport Audi RS3 LMS of Norwegian drivers Håkon Schjærin, Atle Gulbrandsen, Anders Lindstad and Kenneth Østvold victorious in the TCR class.
After setting pole position with a lap of 8:42.551 that gave them the 26th position on the overall grid, the four from Norway completed 39 laps of the Nordschleife to be classified an outstanding 20th overall out of the 162 cars that took the start.
Of the nine participants in the TCR class, only three took the chequered flag. Benedikt Gentgen, Martin Pischinger and Wolfgang Haugg finished second in the FEV Racing Cupra, one lap behind the winners, while the podium was completed by the Lubner Motorsport Opel Astra shared by Thorsten Wolter, Rudolf Rhyn, Thomas Jäger and Michael Brüggenkamp with 35 laps.
Among the retirees were the two Mathilda Racing cars – a Cupra and a Volkswagen Golf GTI – driven by the dominator of the TCR class Andreas Gülden and Morits Oestreich.
The sixth round of the series – the 41. RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen – will take place on September 1st.  

Photos: VLN Presse

 

Oliver Taylor joins TCR Europe's final events

In addition to contesting its TCR UK programme, Pyro Motorsport will also run Oliver Taylor in the two remaining TCR Europe race weekends at Monza and Barcelona.
Taylor currently lies in second place in the TCR UK Drivers’ championship standings, 78 points behind Daniel Lloyd and will contest the TCR Europe races in the same Honda Civic Type-R TCR car that he drives in the UK.
Taylor commented: “I have to say that I’m really enjoying competing in TCR UK. This year has been a great introduction to racing in a front-wheel drive car for me and it’s something I definitely want to keep on doing. The idea of going to Monza and Barcelona is basically to see how we’ll fare against the TCR Europe drivers. Our pace in the UK means we think we could do well against some of the European guys, but you never know for sure until you actually race against them. It’s a new challenge and I’m very excited about the fact that I can see for myself how I fare against them. It’ll also mean that we’ll know how much work we have to do over the winter.”

Photo: TCR UK-Matt Sayle

 

Preview of the upcoming weekend

 

TCR Asia returns into action after a six-week break for rounds 7 and 8 that will be held at Yeongam's Korean International Circuit.
After running together with TCR Thailand in the three previous events, TCR Asia competitors will share the track with their fellow colleagues of TCR Korea.
Liqui Moly Team Engstler's Mitchell Cheah and his Volkswagen Golf GTI will defend the leadership in the standings, though the Malaysian youngster has just a slim 3-point margin over the Maximum Racing Honda Civic of Lo Sze Ho. Cheah's teammate Luca Engstler is currently third, a further nine points adrift.
The series welcomes back the 2017 champion, Kantadhee Kusiri; the Thai driver who won last year's title in a Team Engstler Golf GTI, will now drive a SEAT León entered by Viper Niza Racing.
Kusiri's fellow countrymen Chariya Nuya (Billionaire Boy Racing) and Nattachak Hanjitkasem (TBN MK ihere Racing) will also take part in the event with their Honda Civic cars, as well as Hong Kong's Alex Hui in a Golf GTI entered by E-Rain Motorsport. None of these four guest drivers is eligible to score points.

 

The TCR events of the week

25 / 26 August - TCR Asia Rounds 7 & 8 @ Yeongam, South Korea
25 / 26 August - TCR Korea Rounds 1 & 2 @ Yeongam, South Korea

Live streaming at www.tcr-series.com and www.tcr-series.tv.

Sunday: TCR Asia and TCR Korea, Race 1 - 10:45 local (03:45 CET)
Sunday: TCR Asia and TCR Korea, Race 2 - 14:00 local (07:00 CET)


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