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TCR Europe
2019 calendar and new point scale were unveiled

The TCR Europe Series has unveiled its 2019 calendar that will consist of seven events, just as in 2018 and a new point scale for the top-15 drivers classified in each race.
The season will kick off at the Hungaroring on the last weekend of April and will come to an end in October at Monza.
The circuits of Spa-Francorchamps and Barcelona-Catalunya have been retained as well, while the Austrian Red Bull Ring and Germany’s Oschersleben Motorsport Arena have been added to deliver an attractive set of racetracks.
The seventh venue, that will host the series’ second event in April, is in the Netherlands and the name of the circuit will be announced in due course.
Continuing with the pattern that was successfully introduced in 2018, five events of the TCR Europe Series will be also valid for the TCR Benelux series. On top of this, the Spa-Francorchamps race meeting will also count towards the TCR UK championship, while the new TCR Eastern Europe series will join the grids in Hungary, Austria and Italy.

Promoter Paulo Ferreira commented: “We were delighted to see that the series’ inaugural season was so successful, attracting some of the best Touring Car drivers and teams from all over Europe. We are confident that it will grow even further in both quantity and quality next year, especially with the addition of visits of competitors from TCR Benelux, TCR UK and TCR Eastern Europe. We will also continue to encourage the TCR national series to run selected events together with TCR Europe.”

The new point scale will award 40 points to the race winner and then 35, 30, 27, 24,21, 18, 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1.

2019 TCR Europe Series – calendar
27/28 April – Hungaroring (with TCR Benelux and TCR Eastern Europe)
17/19 May – Netherlands (with TCR Benelux)
8/9 June – Spa-Francorchamps (with TCR Benelux and TCR UK)
13/14 July – Red Bull Ring (with TCR Eastern Europe)
3/4 August – Oschersleben
21/22 September – Barcelona (with TCR Benelux)
12/13 October – Monza (with TCR Benelux and TCR Eastern Europe)

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Photos: TCR-Photo 4



Hyundai Motorsport announces driver line-up for 2019


Four Hyundai i30 N TCR cars will line-up on the grid for next year’s WTCR, with Nicky Catsburg and Augusto Farfus joining Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz. All four drivers will get their preparations for 2019 underway next month, with a three-day test at the Portimão circuit in Portugal.

Tarquini who was crowned 2018 WTCR champion said: “I am very happy to be returning to defend my title. This year the series was very competitive. Next year I expect the racing to be even closer, with more manufacturers and more drivers – including my new teammates – to battle with. Together we can now work over the winter to prepare and make sure the i30 N TCR is right at the top of the standings once again.”  

Michelisz added: “Everybody saw how strong the Hyundai i30 N TCR is with the results myself and Gabriele were able to score. Together we had a very strong season for BRC Racing Team. In 2019 we should be able to race at the front again. I had a good finish to the year, with the podium in Macau and I’m looking forward to getting back to work to prepare for the start of next season.”

A title contender in WTCC and DTM, Farfus stated: “After seeing the level of competition in WTCR, I am very excited to be joining the grid for 2019. It will be a new challenge for me, as I have not driven a TCR car before – in fact the last time I raced a front wheel drive was back in 2006. I am excited to get to work for the Hyundai Motorsport customer teams to make sure I and my colleagues make a fast start to the new season.”

A race winner in WTCC, Catsburg said: "I am happy to return to Touring Car racing. I have seen most of the 2018 races and I really wanted to be a part of it. I have worked with Gabriele and Augusto before and Norbi I know from my WTCC times. I can’t wait to work together with them. I have not raced a TCR car yet, but Gabriele just won the championship so I am sure he will bring me up to speed quickly!"

The name of the customer teams, as well as the exact driver line-up in the two-car teams will be announced ahead of the start of the 2019 campaign.

Photos: Hyundai Motorsport



How to drive an electric racing car

Cupra Racing tester Jordi Gené who develops the Cupra e-Racer for the ETCR, explains how a driver must adapt his style in order to exploit the potential of electric racing cars.
"Driving this car is more difficult. For example in cornering, when you arrive to the apex you must brake more because you carry more weight. However it is well distributed, centred and very low, and it doesn’t play tricks, nor compromise your work. This weight is more noticeable in the long corners, in which the car has tendency to open at the exit. Then, on the straight it accelerates a lot, and what you have sacrificed applying more braking, is compensated. It's a different driving strategy."

A strategy that also includes keeping energy under control: "There are more tools than in a conventional car. You have different ways of regenerating energy and you have to optimize them to get the longest autonomy. In the race, you have to be very effective to reach the end at a competitive level. All this, you can change from the steering wheel. You can ask that during braking, the car will charge the batteries more, or that it will only charge them when you lift the gas pedal, you can manage the traction control of each wheel separately... The driver has to think a lot more, controlling not only the level of battery charge, but the cells’ and engines’ temperatures..."

Racing an electric-powered car requires a more careful approach: "What is more complicated is everything related to the management of energy and the electronics. We are used to combustion cars, going out for ten laps thoroughly and the only things that change are tyre degradation and brake effectiveness. With the e-Racer the strategy starts from pit exit and you pay it in the last laps if you have done something wrong. If you regenerate more energy, you have to compensate it with the braking balance because when you raise your foot off the throttle you slow down the rear wheels with the electric engine. Acceleration changes depending on the power mode and braking references change on each lap depending on the range of power and retention, because you arrive at the apex at different speeds. For a driver this is a major challenge."

Photo: ETCR-Photo 4


TCR Italy
The 2019 calendar was revealed

ACI Sport has revealed the calendar for the 2019 TCR Italy. The championship will be held on seven race meetings once again, each one featuring two sprint races.
Following suggestions coming from the competitors, the promoter is evaluating the opportunity to change the system for drawing the top-eight reverse grid for Race 2. The new system would take into account the Qualifying results instead of Race 1 results.
A halving of the success ballasts imposed to the best three scorers after each event is also envisaged: from 30, 20, 10 kilograms to 15, 10, 5.
The season will start on the first weekend of April at Monza and will finish on the first weekend of October at the very same circuit.

2019 TCR Italy – calendar
5/7 April: Monza
17/19 May: Misano
21/23 June: Imola
19/21 July: Mugello
30 Aug/1 Sep: Imola
13/15 September: Vallelunga
4/6 October: Monza

Photo: ACI Sport-Photo 4


TCR Australia
A Michelin Cup for private drivers

Official control tyre supplier Michelin is putting its name behind a new trophy for privateer racers as part of the inaugural TCR Australia Series next year. Series organisers will assess the driving credentials of all entrants upon application, where it will be determined if the driver is regarded as a ‘Professional’ or a ‘Privateer.’

Matt Braid, Director Australian Racing Group explained: “The TCR formula is designed to encourage the best race drivers to compete in a cost-effective, even and competitive field, but we understand that for some, racing cars comes second to business pressures and lifestyle choices. So along with Michelin, we are encouraging racers of all types, whether they are professionals or private concerns, to have the chance to compete at the level that they choose. There will not be a separate championship or points scoring structure, simply reward for those who are not considered as professional in the competitive world of motorsport.”

Photo: TCR Australia


TCR Scandinavia
PWR Racing retains Robert Dahlgren for 2019

The PWR Racing team has confirmed Robert Dahlgren as one of its drivers for the 2019 TCR Scandinavia campaign.
After clinching the title in the series’ inaugural season in 2017, Dahlgren was in contention for this year’s title until the final race at Mantorp Park and eventually finished runner up behind Johan Kristoffersson, while PWR Racing won the Teams’ title.
“I’m proud for the confidence the team has in me,” said Dahlgren. “Our goal is to win the title once again.”
The team will continue to run Cupra cars.

Photo: PWR Racing

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