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Quarta, 28 Novembro 2018 20:20 | Actualizado em Quinta, 06 Agosto 2020 13:13

The new Lynk & Co 03 TCR completes its first tests

Geely Group Motorsport has completed successful first test days with the all-new Lynk & Co 03 TCR race car.
"We are happy with the progress so far and the car has been reliable in the first tests. The evaluation programme goes according to plan and we have a couple of intense months ahead of us to secure a competitive car for our customer teams," said Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Geely Group Motorsport.
World Touring Car champions Yvan Muller and Thed Björk have been behind the wheel of the car during the tests that have taken place at Mantorp Park in Sweden and Estoril in Portugal.
"The feeling to turn the first laps of an all-new race car is fantastic and I must say the Lynk & Co 03 TCR has lived up to my expectations. Geely Group Motorsport has done a great job of development so far and we can't wait to get going as we no doubt are facing one of the toughest seasons in the history of touring car racing in 2019," said Björk.
Further tests will be completed throughout the winter by Geely Group Motorsport, the constructors of the race car, ahead of the 2019 FIA WTCR season start in April.
Lynk & Co Cyan Racing will take delivery of their Lynk & Co 03 TCR race cars closer to the season start, meaning a hectic schedule prior to the first races.



Jordi Gené keeps on testing the Cupra e-Racer

The CUPRA Racing team continues testing to develop the CUPRA e-Racer, the first electric Touring Car built in compliance with the technical regulations of the upcoming ETCR series. Jordi Gené is the driver in charge of the programme.
"Everything is new and to understand it well you have to take a step back, not taking anything for granted regardless of the experience you have. I didn’t know the technology we are working with and there are many new things, such as the car emitting smoke while cooling down. You have to know what is happening, because managing the temperatures is one of the most difficult tasks. There are other things that are shocking at the beginning, like the acceleration. It is brutal and the driver must be prepared for such a power,” Gené explains.
"I am lucky to be involved in this, as I am able to learn things that other drivers won’t discover until later. There is still a lot of work ahead, not just set-up, but also management to facilitate the work of the driver and engineers. We are now close to have the necessary range and thanks to CUPRA’s technology, very soon the ETCR will provide spectacular races for electric touring cars."


TC America
2019 calendar unveiled

TC America is the new name of the Pirelli World Challenge that in 2018 successfully launched a TCR class.
The series that is promoted in cooperation between WC Vision and SRO Motorsport Group has unveiled its 2019 calendar that includes eight events, each one featuring two 40-minute races.
Compared to the 2018 schedule, TC America has retained some of its traditional venues, such as the Austin’s Circuit of the Americas, Virginia International Raceway, Portland International Raceway, Watkins Glen and Road America at Elkhart Lake.
New to the series are St. Petersburg’s street circuit and Sonoma Raceway, while the location for the season’s finale will be announced in due course.

2019 TC America calendar
1/3 March – Circuit of the Americas
8/10 March – Streets of St. Petersburg
26/28 April – Virginia International Raceway
7/9 June – Sonoma Raceway
12/14 July – Portland International Raceway
30 Aug/1 Sep – Watkins Glen International
20/22 September – Road America
18/20 October – TBA

Photo: WC Vision


TCR Scandinavia
A Danish event included in the calendar

TCR Scandinavia's 2019 calendar will include an event in Denmark.
Rounds 11 and 12 will be held at the Jyllandsringen, where TCR Scandinavia will share the bill with the Danish Touring Car Championship for silhouette cars.
Peter Elgaard, organiser of the Jyllands Grand Prix event said: “Several Danish teams already own TCR cars and we expect them to take part in the TCR Scandinavia races at our track.”

2019 TCR Scandinavia calendar
3/4 May - Knutstorp
1/2 June - Anderstorp
15/16 June - Skellefteå
13/14 July - Falkenberg
17/18 August - Karlskoga Gelleråsen
7/8 September - Jyllandsringen
4/5 October - Mantorp Park

Photo: Micke Fransson

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