Here’s a recap of some of the latest developments in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup.
PURE ETCR JOINS FORCES WITH WTCR IN AUSTRIA AND SOUTH KOREA
PURE ETCR, the world’s first all-electric, multi-brand touring car championship, will guest at two WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup events in 2020. Promoted by Eurosport Events, the Discovery-owned promoter behind the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, PURE ETCR will deliver electrifying on-track battles that will thrill motorsport fans and provide a brand-new platform for the biggest automotive manufacturers to demonstrate their latest electric production cars in the intense environment of the racetrack. The planned WTCR Race of Austria at Salzburgring (24-26 July)* and WTCR Race of South Korea at Inje Spedium (16-18 October) will have the honour of hosting two of the four introductory weekends, with Goodyear, the WTCR’s official tyre supplier, announced as the PURE ETCR launch partner and official tyre supplier. Click for full story.
FORMAT CHANGES TO MAINTAIN THE SPECTACLE AND GLOBAL APPEAL OF WTCR
WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup weekends will feature a new look from this season after the introduction of a number of cost-cutting measures – initially planned for 2021 – was brought forward by 12 months in response to current market conditions. Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council approval when it meets in Geneva on 6 March, the changes will help to ensure the strong level of competition among top drivers and teams remains, track action is not diminished and the series continues to appeal to fans and the media alike. Click for press release.
ALL-NEW WTCR-SPECIFICATION LEON COMPETICIÓN UNLEASHED
CUPRA has unleashed its all-new Leon Competición, which has been designed for use in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup. Launched in Spain alongside the sister PURE ETCR-bound CUPRA e-Racer, the TCR-specification Leon Competición has been “designed to compete at the highest level and bring a competitive edge to the teams running them, having been developed specifically to meet TCR technical regulations and requirements”, according to CUPRA Racing Director Jaime Puig. Click for full story.
GEELY GROUP MOTORSPORT RAMPS UP PRODUCTION OF WTCR RACE-WINNING LYNK & CO
Production of the WTCR race-winning Lynk & Co 03 TCR from Geeely Group Motorsport is being ramped up as the 2020 season approaches. Delays despatching body shells from China to Geely’s European base has meant the major build programme is only just getting underway following the initial supply of cars to Cyan Racing in Sweden and customers in China. Click for full story.
WTCR PROMOTER EUROSPORT EVENTS HAILS HUFF’S WORLD TOURING CAR ACHIEVEMENTS
Eurosport Events, promoter of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup, has recognised Rob Huff’s contribution to FIA World Touring Car racing. Huff, the 2012 FIA World Touring Car champion, has announced that he will sit out the 2020 season after 15 years at the forefront of the category. In a World Touring Car career that began at Monza in 2005, the Briton has attempted a record 350 races, scored 31 wins and claimed the coveted FIA title on one occasion. Click for press release.
EVENT GUIDE: WTCR RACE OF GERMANY
The legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife will host WTCR Race of Germany from 20-23 May. Click here for a recap of all the key details.
*Subject to FIA World Motor Sport Council ratification