Here’s a recap of some of the latest developments in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO.
ENGSTLER GETS WTCR RACE OF MACAU CHANCE…
Rising star Luca Engstler will join BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team for WTCR Race of Macau next month as a reward for his stellar 2019 season. German Engstler, a Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Junior Driver, won the TCR Asia and TCR Malaysia titles this year and has also claimed race victories in TCR China and TCR Europe. Click for full story.
… AS FARFUS PREPARES TO SUPPORT WTCR TEAM
Augusto Farfus says missing WTCR Race of Macau will be “painful” after he was forced to choose defending his FIA GT World Cup title over chasing a third Guia Race win. Macau regulations don’t permit drivers to contest more than one category during the famous street racing event to prevent anyone gaining an unfair advantage. And with Farfus previously committed to his GT programme with BMW, the Brazilian is handing over his BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Team entry to promising German teenager Luca Engstler on a purely one-off basis. Click for full story.
GUERRIERI REMEMBERS SENNA AHEAD OF SUZUKA WTCR RETURN
Esteban Guerrieri says watching an interview with his hero Ayrton Senna broadcast in 1992 has underlined just what it means to be part of the Honda family in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO. Guerrieri drives a Honda Civic Type R TCR for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport and is eagerly awaiting the upcoming WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan at Suzuka, when he will compete in front of the hordes of home fans. Click for full story.
JIM KA TO SET FOR WTCR DEBUT IN KC MOTORGROUP HONDA
Hong Kong driver Jim Ka To is gearing up for his debut in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO later this month. He is set to contest WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan at Suzuka driving a Honda Civic Type R TCR entered under the KC Motorgroup banner. KC Motorgroup owns and operates the Honda-powered KCMG WTCR / OSCARO team which has guided Tiago Monteiro to a race win and team-mate Attila Tassi to a DHL Pole Position this season. However, the two outfits will compete as separate entities. Click to view press release.
WILDCARD TOMITA CALLS ON WTCR RACER VERVISCH FOR ADVICE
Ryuichiro Tomita will use advice garnered from fellow Audi-powered racer Frédéric Vervisch when he makes his debut in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO in his homeland. Tomita has secured wildcard status for WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan. While he has experience of Suzuka and the Audi RS 3 LMS, his knowledge of competing in the hugely competitive WTCR / OSCARO is zero, which prompted a chat with Vervisch when the Belgian was competing in the Suzuka 10 Hours during the summer. Click for full story.
WTCR AND ETRC UNITE IN HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIA**
The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO and FIA European Truck Racing Championship will join forces on two occasions in 2020**. WTCR / OSCARO promoter Eurosport Events and FIA ETRC promoter ETRA have reached agreement for their respective series to share the timetable at the Hungaroring and Slovakia Ring. Subject to FIA Touring Car Commission approval and FIA World Motor Sport Council ratification, the Hungaroring will host its combined event from 24-26 April 2020 with the Slovakia Ring taking its turn from 5-7 June. Click to view press release.
**Subject to FIA Touring Car Commission approval, FIA World Motor Sport Council ratification