BRC Racing Team announce SK ZIC as partner for 2018 sport season
After the presentation that took place on March 10th, BRC Racing Team is ready to start in the inaugural season of the FIA Touring Car World Cup (WTCR), with the Hyundai i30 N TCR, entrusted to the drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz.
Cherasco based Team will count on the support of the Korean company, that decided to join the project considering the excellent results obtained after a year of collaborative work carried out by BRC Racing Team in support of Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing, which culminated in the successes on the race weekends at the end of 2017.
SK ZIC is a SK Lubricants’ brand, a company that leads Korea’s market as the number one for 20 consecutive years, and will be official engine oil supplier for BRC Racing Team.
SK Lubricants produces group 3 base oil, which accounts for 80% of engine oil, being the world’s largest group 3 base oil producer, with an approximate 40% share of the world production. The company has a high market share in recognition of its products competitiveness in many countries and supplying products to international OEM companies.
The new WTCR formula and the wide visibility of the championship will allow the Korean company to promote its brand in five continents and in over 150 countries, thanks to the video and web coverage provided by FIA WTCR.
About BRC Racing Team
BRC Racing Team is the racing department of BRC Gas Equipment.
With a presence in over 70 countries in the world, and a customer portfolio that includes the major car manufacturers, BRC Gas Equipment is a world leader in the production of systems and components for LPG and CNG conversion of vehicles. BRC Racing Team is an integrated project of R&D and Marketing, aimed at promoting the brand and the corporate image through Motorsport.
About the Hyundai i30 N TCR
Announced in February 2017 the i30 N TCR represents Hyundai Motorsport’s first steps into circuit racing. Built and developed by the Customer Racing department at the team’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany the car is based on Hyundai’s high-performance i30 N model. Design work for the project began in September 2016, with the first on track test taking place in April 2017. An exhaustive development schedule ended with the i30 N TCR taking victory in its very first race in the TCR International Series at the Zhejiang Raceway in China. Hyundai Motorsport delivered the first cars to customer teams in December 2017, with teams due to compete around the world during 2018.
About the FIA World Touring Car Cup
The World Touring Car Cup is running to new rules and a new name from 2018 as the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) hits the tracks. Promoted by Eurosport Events, the organisation behind the WTCC, and using the TCR technical regulations – a cheaper and more accessible concept embraced by manufacturers including Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT and Volkswagen – WTCR will be contested over 10 weekends in four continents from April to November. Each event will consist of three races and will typically take place over two days. Day one includes a single qualifying and race, while day two is more in keeping with the previous WTCC set-up: a three-phase qualifying and two races with the first race utilising a reverse grid. A maximum of 26 entries will be accepted plus a further two wildcards at each event. Although there won’t be manufacturer teams under cost-cutting measures, several top drivers from the WTCC and other international touring car series are set to take part with the prospect of some extremely close and exciting racing.