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The TCR events of the week

28 / 29 April - WTCR, Rounds 4, 5 & 6 @ Hungaroring, Hungary
28 / 29 April - TCR Germany, Rounds 3 & 4 @ Most, Czech Republic
28 / 29 April - TCR Italy, Rounds 1 & 2 @ Imola, Italy
28 / 29 April - Pirelli World Challenge, Rounds 3 & 4 @ Virginia Int. Raceway, USA
28 / 29 April - Super Taikyu, Round 2 @ Sugo, Japan

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Saturday: TCR Germany, Race 1 - 11:50 CET
Saturday: Pirelli World Challenge, Race 1 - 14:40 local (20:40 CET)
Sunday: TCR Italy, Race 1 - 09:00 CET
Sunday: TCR Germany, Race 2 - 11:45 CET
Sunday: TCR Italy, Race 2 - 16:00 CET
Sunday: Pirelli World Challenge, Race 1 - 10:20 local (16:20 CET)


TCR Korea
Teamwork Motorsport with a two-car line-up

Front-running Chinese squad Teamwork Motorsport will compete in the new TCR Korea series. The team plans to enter two cars, either the Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, or the Audi RS3 LMS.
"Korea is an up-and-coming motorsport market in Asia, and we would like to stamp our names in the brand new TCR Korea series, just as we did in TCR Asia in 2016 and TCR China last year," said team principal Paul Hui.
The promoter of TCR Korea, Hongsik Jeon, said: "We are very happy to announce that one of the most successful racing teams in Asia, is joining TCR Korea. It is the first non-Korean team to do it and this shows the potential of TCR Korea."


Pirelli World Challenge
Racing resumes in Virginia

The Virginia International Raceway is the venue for the second event of the Pirelli World Challenge. The TCR class made a successful debut in the series a few weeks ago at the Circuit of the Americas, with fourteen cars on the grid, representing five different brands.
"The addition of the TCR class has shown a great excitement with teams, drivers, manufacturers and racing fans.  With the opening doubleheader at COTA a few weeks ago, the buzz regarding the TCR cars was tremendous," said Greg Gill, president and CEO of the Pirelli World Challenge. 
In Virginia the field will be chasing the Herta Autosport duo of Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis who dominated in Texas at the wheel of their Hyundai i30 N TCR cars. Sharing wins and second places, Wilkins and Lewis top the standings with 50 and 48 points respectively.
Ryan Eversley in the RealTime Racing Honda Civic Type R who lies third with 46 points seems to be one of the most serious contenders for the Hyundai pairing, together with Martin Jensen (Alfa Romeo Giulietta) and Anthony Geraci (Audi RS3 LMS).


TCR Germany
The series travels to Most for the first time

Three weeks after the season opening at Oschersleben, the TCR Germany visits the Autodrom Most, in Czech Republic, for the first time.
At Oschersleben Harald Proczyk (HP Racing International Opel Astra) and Mike Halder (Fugel Motorsport Honda Civic Type R) shared race victories, the very first in the series for both Opel and Halder. However, competition on the track made clear that there is a nice bunch of drivers with the means and skill to fight for the title.
Among them are Niels Langeveld (Racing One Audi RS3 LMS) and Luca Engstler (Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTI) who are already second and third in the points behind Proczcyk. Others to watch are Benjamin Leuchter (Max Kruse Racing VW Golf) who completed two fantastic recoveries from the back of the grid and Antti Buri (LMS Racing Audi) who had both races jeopardized by penalties.
When in Most, all of them will have to beware of local hero and guest driver Petr Fulín and his Cupra TCR. A triple winner of the FIA European Touring Car Cup, Fulín proved very competitive at Oschersleben, where he led the second race until the last lap before bowing to Halder.



TCR Italy
More than twenty entries for the opening at Imola

TCR Italy’s promoter ACI Sport can be satisfied with the way the series is growing, with a number of entries that will largely exceed the twenty units for the opening race meeting, at Imola this weekend.
Among the latest entries were José Rodrigues, Ermanno Dionisio, Andrea Larini, Cosimo Barberini, Gabriele Volpato and Cosimo Papi. Rodrigues, who took part last year in TCR Germany, will drive a Honda Civic FK2 run by Target Competition, Dionisio and Larini will compete for the DSG trophy at the wheel of an Audi RS3 LMS and a SEAT León both entered by Pit Lane Competizioni, Barberini will share with Massimiliano Chini the Nos-Ermete Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI, while Papi and Volpato will alternate at the wheel of a SEAT León DSG for DB Racing.
Daniele Cappellari too announced that he will join the series fro the second event at Le Castellet in a Volkswagen Golf GTI run by its own CRC team; he will also take part in the Monza round of the TCR Europe Series.
Finally the SEAT Motorsport Italia outfit will campaign two cars, one León DSG for Massimiliano Gagliano and one new Cupra TCR for 2003 Italian Touring Car champion Salvatore Tavano and Matteo Greco, the reigning champion of the SEAT Cupra Cup.


TCR Europe
Igor Stefanovski to drive a Hyundai i30 N

Igor Stefanovski, one of the most successful Macedonian race car drivers ever, with his Stefanovski Racing Team entered in the full season of the TCR Europe Series with Hyundai i30 TCR N.
“This was the most difficult winter for me and my team. We had a lot of work to do to prepare for this project and it seemed impossible to finish in time. Everything was settled last week and together with Hyundai Motorsport we are working hectically against the clock to have the car ready for the first event in France. There is no time to make a test before, so we will have to get familiar with our new machione on the first race. We do not have any goal in term of results, but my wish is to be with the best,”
said Stefanovski.
And team manager Miroslav Rastović echoed: “As soon as Hyundai Motorsport got the TCR project going, my wish was to see Igor in that car. I have huge respect for Andrea Adamo and Gabriele Tarquini, their joint involvement in developing a race car means that result is guaranteed.”


TCR Europe
Josh Files and Attila Tassi to race for KCMG

JAS Motorsport Official Test Drivers Josh Files and Attila Tassi will drive for the renowned race team KC Motorgroup Ltd (KCMG) in the 2018 TCR Europe Series.
The Hong Kong-based team will contest a European series for the first time with a pair of JAS-built Honda Civic Type R TCR cars supported by Hell Energy.
KCMG was formed in 2007 by Paul Ip and has competed extensively in Asia and Japan with titles secured in Formula China Masters, Asian Formula Renault and the Asian Le Mans Series within the past five years. Its most significant achievements were victory at the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours in the LMP2 class and the runner-up spot in that year’s FIA World Endurance Championship in the LMP2 Teams’ table.
Paul Ip, KCMG Team Principal, commented: “This expansion is another huge milestone for KCMG and we are very happy to be partnering with JAS Motorsport and to have Files and Tassi representing us. Our objective has always been to be the Asian team that can conquer and be a front-runner in various motorsport disciplines and this new campaign in Europe definitely highlights that.”



TCR Europe
Paulsen, Abreu, Jedloczky, Cencetti and Piro confirm participation

Ten days before the TCR Europe begins at Le Castellet, more competitors have confirmed their participation in the new continental series.
Stian Paulsen returns in a Cupra after his car was massively damaged in a pile up during the TCR International Series event at Oschersleben last year in July. “The TCR Europe is a perfect programme for me and my own team. All the events are in great venues and within a range I can drive my van with my racing car on the trailer. I am still trying to catch up with my plan, because I needed some times to secure the funds, so I am currently working on rebuilding my car that had not been repaired after Oschersleben,” said the Norwegian.
Last year’s winner of the TCR Ibérico and runner up in TCR Portugal, Francisco Abreu, will take part in a Peugeot 308 TCR run by Sports&You. “I am very proud to be part of this programme. It’s a reward to fifteen years of dedicated commitment, as my dream of racing at an international level finally comes true,” explained Abreu.
The 18-year-old Márk Jedlóczky has been the latest teen-ager to confirm his commitment. The young Hungarian had made his maiden TCR appearance last year in the TCR International Series at the Hungaroring, driving an Alfa Romeo Giulietta for the Unicorse Team. This year he will be at the wheel of a Cupra TCR entered by the Hungary-based JLG Motorsport with technical support from Zengő Motorsport.
German team Piro Sports has established a partnership with Luxembourg’s car dealership group Autodis; together they will field a Hyundai i30 N TCR and a new Honda Civic Type R TCR, entrusted to Loris Cencetti, from Luxembourg, and Germany’s Cedric Piro respectively.
Team Principal Erwin Piro commented: “The team and both drivers have already a lot of experience and will be able to adapt to this new challenge. Of course, it won’t be easy to be at the top straight away, but we're determined to catch up quickly with meticulous work.”



#14 - 25 April 2018

The Hungaroring hosts the second event

Three weeks after the season opening at Marrakech, the WTCR resumes at the Hungaroring for the second event of its inaugural year.
The circuit in the outskirts of Budapest, with its elevation changes is one of the favourite locations for Touring Cars that always deliver thrilling races to the delight of the spectators. And the local fans never miss the occasion to flock to the track and cheer for their favourite drivers. They have a wide choice, as no fewer than five Hungarians will be on the grid.
Norbert Michelisz is the local fans’ pet; the runner up in last year World Champion has already won twice at the Hungaroring (2012 and 2015) and must be regarded as one of the top seeds for this week’s race at the wheel of his Hyundai i30 N TCR. Norbert Nagy and Dávid Zsolt Szabó are still in the learning phase, but they will do their best in the two Cupra TCR cars run by Zengő Motorsport. The Hungarian patrol is completed by two young guest drivers with ambition: Dániel Nagy in a M1RA Hyundai i30 N TCR and Attila Tassi – the winner of last year’s TCR International Series races at the Hungaroring – in a Honda Civic Type R TCR run by Hell Racing Team. They will use the WTCR outing to prepare their TCR Europe series campaigns, but with the aim of making an impression.
Once again all cars will be laden by 60 kilos of Compensation Weight and all drivers are eager to catch up with Gabriele Tarquini and his Hyundai that were the dominant force in Morocco.

Track time at Hungaroring

Saturday, 28 April - 12:30, Qualifying 1 (30 minutes)
Saturday, 28 April - 15:25, Race 1 (12 laps)
Sunday, 29 April - 10:00, Qualifying 2 (Q1 20 min. + Q2 10 min. + Q3)
Sunday, 29 April - 15:30, Race 2 (12 laps)
Sunday, 29 April - 16:55, Race 3 (15 laps)

All time local - GMT +2

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