As the end of the year approaches, here’s a race-by-race recap of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO, a statistical round-up of the season and a reminder of the calendar for 2020.
ROUNDS 1-3: WTCR AFRIQUIA RACE OF MOROCCO, 5-7 APRIL 2019
Thed Björk saved his best to last with an historic Race 3 victory at WTCR AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco – the first in an FIA world-level event by a Chinese brand. Driving a Lynk & Co 03 TCR developed by Geely Group Motorsport from China, Björk inherited P1 from team-mate Yvan Muller and resisted intense pressure from DHL pole-sitter Frédéric Vervisch to follow Esteban Guerrieri and Gabriele Tarquini as a winner on the streets of Marrakech. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 4-6: WTCR RACE OF HUNGARY, 26-28 APRIL 2019
WTCR / OSCARO delivered a weekend of hugely close and action-packed racing as Honda-powered Néstor Girolami took a double win to move into the lead on the #RoadToMalaysia. But while there was joy for Argentina, the thousands of Hungarian fans cheering home hero Norbert Michelisz had to make do with second place following Gabriele Tarquini’s Race 3 victory at the expense of his BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse team-mate. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 7-9: WTCR RACE OF SLOVAKIA, 10-12 MAY 2019
Ma Qinghua produced one of the drives of his life to win Race 3 at WTCR Race of Slovakia, his maiden victory in WTCR / OSCARO and the first by a Chinese national in the all-action series. Charging through from the second row of the #WTCR2019SUPERGRID, Ma was pushed hard by Norbert Michelisz (BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse), but just held on to take the win in his Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 10-12: WTCR RACE OF NETHERLANDS, 17-19 MAY 2019
Thed Björk scored his second victory of the WTCR Race of Netherlands weekend as discussions over team orders became a talking point during Race 3 at Zandvoort. Björk had made the better getaway from the line, but DHL Pole Position driver Yann Ehrlacher, in another Chinese-developed Lynk & Co 03 TCR, moved to the right to block and made contact with his team-mate, who still accelerated into the lead. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 13-15: WTCR RACE OF GERMANY, 20-22 JUNE 2019
Volkswagen power won the day as Johan Kristoffersson and home hero Benjamin Leuchter took their first victories in WTCR / OSCARO for Sébastien Loeb Racing. Kristoffersson, who switched to the series for 2019 as the double FIA World Rallycross champion, claimed the Race 2 laurels – and the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy – only to crash out of Race 3 in spectacular fashion while avoiding another incident, thankfully without injury. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 16-18: WTCR RACE OF PORTUGAL, 5-7 JULY 2019
Tiago Monteiro was the hero of Portugal following his emotional home win in WTCR / OSCARO on the streets of Vila Real. Monteiro, who suffered serious head and neck injuries in a testing crash in September 2017 and fought a long and arduous recovery, took the lead when Honda-powered KCMG team-mate Attila Tassi hit trouble with a spark plug issue, holding his nerve to the finish for his first victory since he triumphed in Hungary two years ago. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 19-21: WTCR RACE OF CHINA, 13-15 SEPTEMBER 2019
Yvan Muller scored a win double for Lynk & Co on home soil to move firmly into the fight for the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO. After winning Race 1 on Saturday, Cyan Racing-run Muller beat nephew and fellow Lynk & Co-powered driver Yann Ehrlacher to the victory in Race 3. And by finishing third in Race 2, Muller set a record for the most points scored in a single WTCR / OSCARO weekend with an impressive haul of 76 to make him the TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver in Ningbo. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 22-24: WTCR JVCKENWOOD RACE OF JAPAN
25-27 OCTOBER 2019
Johan Kristoffersson completed the WTCR JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan weekend a winner but it’s Esteban Guerrieri who left Suzuka on top on the #RoadToMalaysia. After languishing in P10 in Race 2, Honda-powered Guerrieri – competing at the Japanese make’s home track – hit back to follow Kristoffersson (SLR Volkswagen) home in Race 3. Those points, added to his Race 1 victory, meant the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver topped the standings with a six-point advantage over Norbert Michelisz, who took the Race 2 win for BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 25-27: WTCR RACE OF MACAU, 14-17 NOVEMBER 2019
Andy Priaulx scored a first WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO victory on the streets of Macau to complete a dream weekend for Chinese brand Lynk & Co, which powered all three race winners. Yvan Muller bagged two wins for Cyan Racing to set up a thrilling title decider with Norbert Michelisz, Esteban Guerrieri and Thed Björk at the Sepang International Circuit’s season super-finale. Click for full report.
ROUNDS 28-30: WTCR RACE OF MALAYSIA, 12-15 DECEMBER 2019
Norbert Michelisz became the new King of the WTCR after the 2019 season ended with a thrilling super-finale at the inaugural Races of Malaysia, which featured dramatic action on two and four wheels. As well as the three exceptional and dramatic counters that made up the WTCR / OSCARO season decider, the event also included the 8 Hours of Sepang, round two of the FIM Endurance World Championship for motorbikes. But while YART Yamaha celebrated success on two wheels, it was Hungarian Michelisz who celebrated most on four after his title win on the back of a Race 1 victory and points finishes in races two and three, which were won by Esteban Guerrieri and Johan Kristoffersson respectively. Click for full report.
WTCR 2019 STATISTICS AND STANDINGS
The final WTCR standings and statistics relating to the 2019 season are available by clicking here.
WHAT’S NEXT IN THE WTCR?
The 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup takes place over 10 all-action weekends starting on the streets of Marrakech for WTCR Race of Morocco from 3-5 April. The high-speed global tour then makes stops in Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Portugal, Spain, China, Korea, Macau and Malaysia when the season super-finale will be held as part of the Races of Malaysia festival of motorsport from 10-13 December. Click to view the 2020 calendar.