Here’s a recap of some of the latest developments in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO.
IT’S SHOWTIME: NEW TRACKS PLUS WEIGHT RULE TWEAK AS WTCR REVS UP FOR NEXT THREE SEASONS
The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup continues to go from strength to strength with confirmation of a 10-event calendar featuring two new destinations, plus a revision to the compensation weight rule designed to spice up the racing. At its meeting in Paris on 4 December, the FIA World Motor Sport Council gave the green light to the additions of South Korea and Spain on the 2020 schedule and rubber-stamped the tweaked Sporting Regulations that had been previously approved by the FIA Touring Car Commission. Meanwhile, the Council approved the extension of the WTCR promoter agreement between Eurosport Events and the FIA by three years to include the 2020-2022 seasons. Click to view the press release.
EVENT PREVIEW: FOUR WTCR TITLE FIGHTERS HEAD TO MALAYSIA BUT WHO WILL BE KING IN SEPANG?
Three races left, 85 points up for grabs and four title chasers preparing for battle, the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO is all set for season super-finale time in Sepang. Click to view the press release.
WTCR SEASON SUPER-FINALE GETS UNIQUE FORMAT
WTCR Race of Malaysia not only marks the category’s first visit to the country, it’s also the first time that the three races making up a WTCR / OSCARO event take place on the same day. In an exciting change to the usual format, the races are scheduled for Sunday 15 December at 15h15, 18h15 and 20h10 local time with the third race held under the Sepang International Circuit’s newly installed floodlights. All three races will be broadcast live around the world including on the Astro channel in Malaysia. Practice and qualifying take place on 13 December with Saturday 14 December devoted to the 8 Hours of Sepang, round two of the 2019/20 FIM Endurance Championship for motorbikes, plus the Esports WTCR OSCARO live final. Click for timetable.
IT’S CRAZY BUT I’LL BE READY: MALAYSIAN MOTOGP RIDER SYAHRIN UP FOR SEPANG DOUBLE-HEADER
Malaysian MotoGP rider Hafizh Syahrin is gearing up to do double time at the Sepang International Circuit’s Races of Malaysia event. As well as contesting the 8 Hours of Sepang EWC event, the 25-year-old will take part in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO super-finale. Syahrin, who recently completed the MotoGP season with the Red Bull KTM Tech 3 squad and entered the Sepang 1000km Endurance Race last month, will effectively be on track for seven days in succession, meaning his physical and mental fitness will be tested to the extreme. Click to view the press release.
CHEAH TO BE “200 PER CENT FOCUSED” AGAINST WTCR RIVALS
Malaysian rising star Mitchell Cheah will be “200 per cent focused” when he makes his debut in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO on home soil. Cheah, a frontrunner in the ADAC TCR Germany’s junior division, is one of three local wildcards competing at the Sepang International Circuit in what will be his first appearance in a Hyundai i30 N TCR. “The opposition in WTCR is just a crazy line-up, it’s just madness. All world-class drivers are within one second and a small mistake will put you out the window. I will have to be 200% focused and try to be as quick as these guys.” Click for full story.
THE WTCR TITLE FIGHT: WHO NEEDS TO DO WHAT TO WIN BIG AT THE SEPANG SUPER-FINALE?
With four drivers locked in an epic battle for the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO, Serbia-based mathematician and statistician Dragoslav Jankovic has assessed the quartet’s form so far this season and offered his expert insight into who needs to do what to win big at the Sepang super-finale in Malaysia. Click to view the press release.
FEARSOME FIGHT FOR FIFTH PLACE IN WTCR
While the battle for the WTCR / OSCARO title is finely balanced, it’s also hugely close in the race to finish in the final top five with 16 points covering Yann Ehrlacher in fifth and Johan Kristoffersson in P11. The other drivers in contention for fifth are 2018 title winner Gabriele Tarquini, current best-placed rookie Mikel Azcona, three-time WTCR winner Néstor Girolami, former World Touring Car champion Rob Huff and Jean-Karl Vernay. Click for provisional standings.
WTCR TEAMS TUSSLE FOR TOP HONOUR
Cyan Racing Lynk & Co’s Yvan Muller and Thed Björk might be playing catch-up in the Drivers’ title, but it’s the Swedish team supported by the Chinese brand that heads the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO for Teams. It’s 72 points in front of BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse (featuring Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini) and 88 ahead of Honda-equipped ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport (consisting of Néstor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri). Click for provisional standings.
HAGLÖF’S BACK! SWEDE RETURNS FOR WTCR SUPER-FINALE
Daniel Haglöf will be back on WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO duty in Malaysia. The PWR Racing driver and co-founder handed over his regular CUPRA TCR to Robert Dahlgren at WTCR Race of Macau last month to reward his fellow Swede for his TCR Scandinavia title triumph and take advantage of Dahlgren’s Circuito da Guia knowledge. For the WTCR super-finale at the Sepang International Circuit, Haglöf – a podium finisher at WTCR Race of Hungary in April – will return to the driving seat and team up with PWR’s season-long campaigner Mikel Azcona, who is aiming to finish the season as the top rookie. Click for full story.