SUPER-FINALE IN SEPANG: 2019 FIA WTCR OSCARO HEADS TO
MALAYSIA FOR DAY AND NIGHT SPECTACULAR
*FIA World Motor
Sport Council approves 10-event, 30-race schedule for season two
on success of first season with circuit layouts offering great variety
street festival first up, Ningbo has honour of hosting WTCR Race of
classic tracks Macau, Nürburgring Nordschleife, Suzuka, Vila Real,
The 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO is set
for a showdown in Sepang after Malaysia was added to the 10-event,
30-race schedule for the upcoming season.
Home of the Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix from 1999-2017, the Sepang
International Circuit will host the WTCR OSCARO season two super-finale
in 2019 as part of an exciting double-header with the FIM Endurance
World Championship for motorbikes.
Given the seal of approval by the FIA Touring Car Commission at a
meeting in Paris on 6 November, the calendar was ratified by the FIA
World Motor Sport Council, which sat in St Petersburg today (5
December). It offers an exciting blend of high- and medium-speed
permanent circuits, plus challenging street tracks.
Kicking off in Morocco, WTCR OSCARO season two then features stops in
Hungary, Slovakia, Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, China, Japan and
Macau with Malaysia hosting the season finale.
Malaysia for WTCR night racers
The all-new WTCR Race of Malaysia will form a fitting climax to what
promises to be another all-action season of the WTCR – FIA World
Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO. It will also run to a unique
format with one of the three races taking place under floodlights at
With the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on its doorstep, the Sepang
International Circuit will represent a new challenge for the bulk of
the WTCR OSCARO racers, while its 5.54-kilometre lap, two long
straights to enable more overtaking and a variety of medium and
high-speed corners is sure to create an impressive and memorable
“We are delighted to include Sepang on the WTCR OSCARO calendar for
2019,” said François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events. “Forming the
deciding rounds of season two, the inaugural WTCR Race of Malaysia
promises to be a very exciting addition to the schedule with the
prospect of some great racing, including at night, at a venue untried
by most WTCR drivers.
“As at WTCR Race of Slovakia, the FIM Endurance World Championship for
motorbikes will also form part of the timetable in Malaysia. And as
promoter of both the WTCR and EWC, Eurosport Events will offer a
festival of entertainment for fans of two- and four-wheeled motorsport,
which is almost unique on the international calendar. It’s also a great
opportunity to gather categories from the FIA and FIM under the same
The date of WTCR Race of Malaysia will be communicated shortly.
Why change a
winning formula? WTCR’s 10-event, 30-race format remains
Malaysia’s inclusion on the 2019 schedule means WTCR OSCARO will
continue to be contested over 10 weekends for a total of 30 races.
“Once again we’ve included events in Africa, Asia and Europe,” said
François Ribeiro. “We’ve also focused on variety with all tracks
offering a different driving challenge, whether it’s high-speed,
medium-speed or tight and twisty layouts. The venues also offer a
different character and fan appeal and we’ve built on a very successful
first season with a similar 10-event, 30-race calendar, the wish of all
continues as the curtain-raiser: The Moroccan city of
Marrakech will continue to host the season opener at the semi-permanent
Circuit Moulay El Hassan from 5-7 April 2019. The home event of WTCR
race winner Mehdi Bennani has a long history of spectacular action.
provide exciting challenge: Several classic venues
feature on the 2019 WTCR OSCARO calendar. Circuit Zandvoort, which
sweeps through the sand dunes of the North Sea coastal town west of
Amsterdam, welcomed 110,000 fans to the first WTCR Race of Netherlands
last May and returns from 17-19 May.
The Nürburgring Nordschelife, the world’s longest and toughest race
track at 25.378 kilometres, follows during Germany’s biggest motorsport
event, ADAC 24h-Rennen week in June, with Vila Real’s ultimate street
course next up from 5-7 July, a week later than in 2018.
Following the trip to Portugal, Japanese Grand Prix venue Suzuka (25-27
October) and Macau (14-17 November) complete the list of classics.
Suzuka will also stage the Super Formula finale – Japan’s premier
single-seater series, while Macau was the setting of the thrilling 2018
season showdown and is ranked as the most challenging street track on
more… The Hungaroring, close to Hungary’s capital
Budapest, brings WTCR racing to the masses from 26-28 April with
thousands expected to fill the grandstands to watch home hero Norbert
Michelisz in action. WTCR Race of Slovakia is next from 10-12 May when
fans will get treated to action on four wheels as well as two via the
FIM Endurance World Championship.
WTCR OSCARO will once again visit China, the world’s largest car
market. Ningbo, which is owned by the Geely Group – the parent company
of new WTCR customer racing brand Lynk & Co – gets the honour of
hosting the action from 13-15 September. Despite the low spectator
attendance in 2018 due to race day being declared a working day ahead
of the Golden Week celebrations at short notice, the venue proved to be
a great track for touring car racing.
WTCR – FIA World
Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO calendar 2019
Rounds 1-3: WTCR Race of Morocco, Circuit Moulay El Hassan, Marrakech
Rounds 4-6: WTCR Race of Hungary, Hungaroring (26-28 April)
Rounds 7-9: WTCR Race of Slovakia, Slovakia Ring (10-12 May)
Rounds 10-12: WTCR Race of Netherlands, Zandvoort (17-19 May)
Rounds 13-15: WTCR Race of Germany, Nürburgring Nordschleife (20-22
Rounds 16-18: WTCR Race of Portugal, Vila Real (5-7 July)
Rounds 19-21: WTCR Race of China, Ningbo (13-15 September)
Rounds 22-24: WTCR Race of Japan, Suzuka (25-27 October)
Rounds 25-27: WTCR Race of Macau, Circuito da Guia (14-17 November)
Rounds 28-30: WTCR Race of Malaysia, Sepang (TBA)