Here’s a recap of some of the latest developments in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
WHY “PSYCHOLOGICAL PLUS” COULD EXTEND KING OF WTCR’S REIGN
Norbert Michelisz reckons his “psychological plus” from becoming King of WTCR will make him an even better driver in 2020. While that claim will cause concern for his racing rivals, fans of the Hungarian hero can start to hope for more Michelisz success in 2020. “This title and the psychological plus from it will make me a better driver,” he said. Click for full story.
FAST FOUR CONTINUE WITH HONDA POWER IN WTCR
Néstor Girolami, Esteban Guerrieri, Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi will continue to race with Honda power in the 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. The quartet, who all led WTCR races in 2019, will contest the 10-weekend, 30-event WTCR season in Honda’s Civic Type R TCR. Honda Racing, which is supporting the quartet, will reveal the customer racing team that each driver will represent in 2020 at a later date, but the hope is a consistent and strong line-up will make it a contender for WTCR title success. Click to view press release.
GUERRIERI: WTCR 2020 CAN BE MY YEAR
Esteban Guerrieri believes he can go one better in 2020 and win the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. Guerrieri lost out on the crown to Norbert Michelisz in the 30th and final race of the 2019 season at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia last month. After Honda Racing confirmed Guerrieri would be one of its supported drivers for the upcoming campaign, the Argentine has been quick to highlight his title credentials. Click for full story.
LYNK & CO RACER CAN ONLY GET BETTER IN WTCR, SAYS MULLER
Yvan Muller reckons the Lynk & Co 03 TCR can only go faster in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. Developed by Chinese firm Geely Group Motorsport, the Lynk & Co 03 TCR won eight of the 30 WTCR races in 2019 in its first season. Muller, who took four of those wins on his way to third in the final standings for Cyan Racing, expects more success in 2020. Click for full story.
WTCR RACERS REVEAL THEIR TWO-WHEELED MEMORIES
The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup and FIM Endurance World Championship joined forces at the Sepang International Circuit for the inaugural Races of Malaysia last month. During the event, WTCR drivers Thed Björk, Esteban Guerrieri, Norbert Michelisz and Yvan Muller were asked if they’d ever tried motorbike racing for size. This is what they had to say. Click for full story.
WHY WTCR’S NEW ROOKIE AWARD WOULD FIT MITCH
WTCR newcomers will get even more recognition in 2020 courtesy of the all-new Winning Rookie Driver award – and Mitchell Cheah is one young talent who’d match the entry criteria. Malaysian hope Cheah, nicknamed Mitch, has made no secret of his desire to race in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup after impressing when the series visited his homeland for the 2019 super-finale last month and during his ADAC TCR Germany campaign earlier in the year. Click for full story.
WTCR’S CORONEL IS THE TCR TOP STARTER
No driver took part in more TCR-sanctioned races in 2019 than WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup campaigner Tom Coronel. The Dutchman topped the list of 743 drivers with 43 starts last season between his combined WTCR and TCR Europe programmes with CUPRA and Honda power respectively. Click for full story.
WTCR HEADS EARLY TO ARAGÓN
MotorLand Aragón will host the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup not once but twice in 2020. As well as staging the inaugural WTCR Race of Spain from 3-5 July, MotorLand Aragón will be the setting of the official pre-season test from 24-26 March. Click for full story.
PRESSURE PERFECT: ICE RACING KEEPING WTCR’S EHRLACHER SHARP
Yann Ehrlacher hopes his Trophée Andros campaign will keep him sharp during the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup’s off-season. Ehrlacher, along with WTCR rival and fellow Frenchman Aurélien Panis, is contesting the ice racing series, which has events up until the start of next month. Click for full story.