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Quinta, 07 Fevereiro 2019 11:19 | Actualizado em Segunda, 03 Agosto 2020 01:54

Balance of Performance - Part 1
TCR cars were tested in the Pininfarina wind tunnel

The process to establish the initial Balance of Performance of all TCR cars for the 2019 season began last week at the Pininfarina wind tunnel.
Sixteen different models from twelve brands underwent thorough tests for assessing downforce and drag.
One after the other the cars were placed in the wind tunnel and tested with a ride height of 80 millimetres and three configurations of rear wing inclination: 0°, +5° and -5°. The test of each car required approximately one hour, under the monitoring of TCR technical staff.
At Grugliasco, in the state-of-the-art wind tunnel with moving ground, were tested the TCR certified cars, plus the new Hyundai Veloster N, LADA Vesta Sport and Lynk&Co 03.

Photo: courtesy Pininfarina (



Balance of Performance - Part 2
The TCR engines undergo testing at ORAL Engineering

The TCR Balance of Performance test is currently going on with the engine tests at ORAL Engineering (
Each engine is placed inside the ‘test cell’ and linked to the dynamometer that will measure the power and torque curves. The engine gets wired using the very same wiring that is installed in the racing car, and connected to the data logging ECUs.
Once everything has been set up the actual tests may be performed, in order to check the engine maps in six different power configurations: 102.5%, 100%, 97.5%, 95%, 92,5% and 90%.
The engine tests will go ahead for several days, while the final stage of the BoP process will be the track test for the new cars at Valencia on 18 February.

Photos: Massimo Garbin




TCR Middle East @ Abu Dhabi
Münnich and Breukers share race wins

The second meeting of the TCR Middle East and the 24H Middle East Championship took place at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit last Saturday.
Just like in the previous event at Dubai, René Münnich, and his Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic dominated the sprint races. 
Münnich sprinted from the pole in Race 1, resisted an attempt from Luc Breukers and pulled away. Breukers held on to the second place while the Zengő Motorsport cars of Tamás Tenke and Zoltán Zengő were fighting for third. On lap 4, Zengő stopped along the track with an engine issue and one lap later Paul Dehadray managed to steal third from Tenke who eventually retired on the penultimate lap.
Kieran Griffin started from the pole on the reverse grid for Race 2, but during the first lap he was passed by Münnich and Breukers who had a brief fight for the lead before the German driver began to outdistance Breukers. Behind them, Griffin kept Tenke at bay until the Hungarian pitted with a broken wheel bearing at the end of lap 2.
The Red CUPRA of Luc and Ivo Breukers took its maiden win in the 4-hour race. The JW Bird VW Golf GTI of Dehadray-Griffin finished an impressive second, one lap behind, but having set a fastest lap a full second quicker than the race winners. The Zengő Motorsport CUPRA driven by Zoltán Zengő and Csába Tóth rounded out the podium one further lap down, while the sister car that Zengő shared with Tenke retired with a technical issue.
As for Münnich, he drove for 37 laps in order to score the 10-point bonus for the TCR Middle East.
Both series – TCR Middle East and 24H Middle East – will come to an end at Dubai Autodrome tomorrow, with the two sprint races and the 4-hour Race 3.

Race 1
1. René Münnich (Münnich Motorsp., Honda Civic), 12 laps
2. Luc Breukers (Red, CUPRA), 54.168
3. Paul Dehadray (JW Bird Motorsp., VW Golf), 1:01.375

Race 2
1. René Münnich (Münnich Motorsp., Honda Civic), 13 laps
2. Luc Breukers (Red, CUPRA), 39.791
3. Kieran Griffin (JW Bird Motorsp., VW Golf), 41.230

4H Abu Dhabi
1. Red Camel, CUPRA (L. Breukers-I. Breukers), 92 laps
2. JW Bird Motorsp., VW Golf (Dehadray-Griffin), 1 lap
3. Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA (Zengő-Tóth), 2 laps

Championship points – TCR Middle East
1. Münnich 130 pts; 2. L. Breukers 100; 3. Zengő 55

Championship points – 24H Middle East
1. L. Breukers 43 pts; 2. Zengő & Tóth 40

Photos: Creventic


Ma Qing Hua and Leuchter join the field

Ma Qing Hua and Benjamin Leuchter have been the latest drivers to join the WTCR field for the 2019 season.
Ma will join Team Mulsanne as Kevin Ceccon’s teammate. The 31-year-old Chinese is one of the most experienced Touring Car drivers in Asia; after clinching the 2011 CTCC title and winning two WTCC races between 2014 and 2015, he had the opportunity to get used to TCR cars in the two latest seasons. He competed in the 2018 WTCR Asian events in a Honda Civic, tested the Romeo Ferraris-built Alfa Romeo Giulietta at Vallelunga and eventually won the TCR China finale at Guangdong in a Giulietta run by Freely Racing.
“I really appreciate the fact that Team Mulsanne and Romeo Ferraris chose the Chinese New Year to announce our partnership. I already drove the Giulietta and the feeling was good from the beginning. I think it has a big potential and the team is working hard to improve it in order to be competitive from the start of the season. This will be the second time for me in an Italian team after 2005, so it will be nice to relive the typically warm atmosphere during the year,” said Ma.
Leuchter will complete a Vokswagen quartet in the 2019 WTCR, joining Rob Huff, Mehdi Bennani and Johan Kristoffersson at Sébastien Loeb Racing.
“The World Cup is a childhood dream come true for me,” said the 31-year-old from Duisburg. “I am delighted to be given a seat in the WTCR and will give everything to represent the German colours in a worthy manner. I’m only familiar with two of the 10 tracks on the calendar, but I’m a fast learner and will do my very best to be successful.”
Leuchter, a Volkswagen brand ambassador and Volkswagen Driving Experience instructor, has raced successfully in single-seaters and ADAC TCR Germany in the past.

Photos: TCR China / ADAC Motorsport


TCR Europe
First test with M Racing for Panciatici and Bihel

Only a few days after announcing participation in the 2019 TCR Europe Series, the M Racing team went testing at Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya. This was also the occasion for the two drivers, Nelson Panciatici and Natan Bihel, for sitting behind the wheel of the Hyundai i30 N cars they will drive during the season.
"It was a good first approach with the car and also the opportunity for making contact with the M Racing crew. Everything went well; obviously it is completely different compared to sportscars, but I was quite surprised to feel soon at ease in this car and I appreciated its level of performance. Now we need to amass kilometres and try to find the final tenths. But all in all it was a nice discovery, promising for the future,” said Panciatici.
And Bihel echoed: "It was my very first time in a TCR car, then it was a complete discovery for myself. But eventually I was able to get my bearings quicker than expected. Now we have to continue testing and improve the performance, but it was a good first experience. A full change compared to my two previous seasons in LMP3. Different feelings, because driving a front-wheel drive is peculiar and you can jump over the kerbs, something you don’t do in endurance. I’m eager to continue discovering the car in the next tests."

Photos: M Racing (Panciatici top; Bihel bottom)


TCR Italy
Wimmer Werk with four CUPRA cars

Austria-based Wimmer Werk Motorsport confirmed its plan to compete in the TCR Italy championship once again.
After taking part last year with two CUPRA DSG cars for Günter Benninger and Peter Gross, the team will add another pair of the Spanish cars for the 2019 campaign.
Benninger and Gross will be joined by Christian Voithofer in a third CUPRA DSG and they will all compete for the AM Trophy as well.
The team’s line up will be completed by the 29-year old team principal Felix Wimmer who will race in a CUPRA fitted with a sequential gearbox.

Photo: ACI Sport-Photo 4


TCR Germany
IMC-Motorsport to run two Opel Astra cars

The IMC-Motorsport team will compete for the first time in the ADAC TCR Germany, fielding two Opel Astra cars in the 2019 season. One of them will be in the experienced hands of Steve Kirsch, while the name of the second driver will be unveiled later.
The team has successfully taken part in the previous seasons in the German DTC and STT series with Renault, SEAT and MINI cars.
The 39-year-old Kirsch has raced in the TCR Germany from the beginning. He was classified third – with two race victories – in 2016 and seventh in 2017, always at the wheel of Honda Civic Type R FK2 cars. Last year he only took part in two events, driving a Renault Mégane for the Besagroup Racing Team.

Photo: IMC-Motorsport


The TCR events of the week

7 February - TCR Middle East, Rounds 7, 8 & 9 @ Dubai, United Arab Emirates
7 February - 24H Middle East, Round 3 @ Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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