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#17 - 16 May 2018

Jumbo Racing Days @ Zandvoort
WTCR, TCR Europe and TCR Benelux share the bill

The Jumbo Racing Days, driven by Max Verstappen is a spectacular event at Circuit Zandvoort that attracts a huge crowd of motorsport fans on the Pentecost weekend. This year the high speed demonstrations of the Formule One cars driven by Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo and David Coulthard will be supported by no less than five spectacular TCR races.
For the first time, in fact, the WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup and the TCR Europe Series are joint in the same event, with the addition of the TCR Benelux that will join the TCR Europe grid.
The Dutch circuit has already hosted TCR competitions in previous years, as both TCR Benelux and TCR Germany have raced there in 2016 and 2017. Very often, victory went to the local drivers: Loris Hezemans (2016 TCR Benelux), Jaap van Lagen (2017 TCR Benelux) and Niels Langeveld (2017 TCR Germany). Norbert Michelisz is the only WTCR competitor who has recently won a race here, in the 2016 TCR Benelux. His teammate Gabriele Tarquini scored victory in Race the only time the WTCC visited Zandvoort, back in 2007, while Tom Coronel has finished twice second in the 2017 TCR Benelux.

Track time at Zandvoort
Saturday, 19 May - 15:45, TCR Europe & TCR Benelux Qualifying (Q1 + Q2, 35 minutes)
Sunday, 20 May - 08:30, WTCR Qualifying 1 (30 minutes)
Sunday, 20 May - 12:20, TCR Europe & TCR Benelux Race 1 (23 minutes + 1 lap)
Sunday, 20 May - 16:20, WTCR Race 1 (12 laps)
Monday, 21 May - 08:30, WTCR Qualifying 2 (Q1 + Q2 + Q3, 60 minutes)
Monday, 21 May - 12:15, WTCR Race 2 (12 laps)
Monday, 21 May - 14:55, TCR Europe & TCR Benelux Race 2 (23 minutes + 1 lap)
Monday, 21 May - 16:35, WTCR Race 3 (15 laps)

All time local - GMT +2


TCR World & life
the new issue is online !

“TCR World & life”, the e-magazine dedicated to all the TCR series and championships worldwide, is back!

In this issue:

- Spotlight: Alfa Romeo wins in Italy after 12 years
- WTCR @ Hungaroring and Nürburgring
- TCR Europe @ Le Castellet
- TCR Germany @ Most
- TCR Italy @ Imola and Le Castellet
- TCR Russia: @ Smolensk Ring
- TCR Scandinavia @ Knutstorp
- TCR UK @ Knockhill
- Pirelli World Challenge @ Virginia Int. Raceway
- Endurance: IMSA and Super Taikyu
- 24 Hours Nürburgring
- Three questions to: Dániel Nagy

Read ‘TCR World & life’ now !


WTCR @ Nürburgring
Yvan Muller is the new leader in the Drivers' standings

The third WTCR event on the Nordschleife shook the championship classification. Gabriele Tarquini, who was leading the standings since the first race in Marrakech, remained scoreless in Germany and dropped to second, 19 points behind Yvan Muller.
The three races at the Nürburgring were won by three different drivers: Muller, Esteban Guerrieri (Honda) and Thed Björk, which increased the number of winners to seven in nine races. However, the excellence of the Hyundai i30 N cars is highlighted by the fact that Muller (137 points), Tarquini (118), Björk (112) and Norbert Michelisz (102) are the first four in the standings. The best of the rest is Yann Ehrlacher, fifth with 91 points.
In Race 1, Muller took his first win of the season, and the first since he came back to racing with his own M Racing YMR squad. The Frenchman built his success at the start, stealing the lead from his teammate Björk who was on pole. Rob Huff drove the Sébastian Loeb Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI to a podium finish, beating by a slim margin Michelisz, who saved BRC Racing’s day after Gabriele Tarquini went off the track at the end of the first lap.
Guerrieri literally flew to take an authoritative win in Race 2. The Argentine drove his Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic to victory, ahead of Pepe Oriola’s Campos Racing Cupra. Frédéric Vervisch with the Comtoyou Audi RS3 LMS won the exciting battle for third place, overtaking Muller on the long straight. Tarquini crashed just like in Thursday’s Race 1, but this time it was not his fault as his car was hit by Gordon Shedden's Audi and the Scot received a 30-second penalty for this.
The incident prevented Tarquini from starting in the third race that saw Björk scoring his maiden victory in WTCR. The Swede led from lights to flag, beating Vervisch and Muller. There was a dramatic fight behind the leading trio between Guerrieri, Huff, Benjamin Lessennes and Michelisz. On the last lap Huff was losing power and defending the sixth place from Michelisz when they came together and crashed. This will result in a drop of five places for Michelisz on the grid for Race 1 at Zandvoort. Guerrieri was also handed a 10-second penalty for an earlier incident and Lessennes inherited a well deserved fourth place.




TCR Europe
Zandvoort hosts the second event

The TCR Europe series resumes at Zandvoort, two weeks after the opening event at Le Castellet, where Dušan Borković made a clean sweep winning pole position and both races at the wheel of his Target Competition Hyundai i30 N car.

JSB Compétition with two cars at Zandvoort
The JSB Compétition team will make its maiden appearance in the TCR Europe Series at Zandvoort this weekend. The French outfit will field two cars: one Peugeot 308 TCR for team principal Julien Briché and one Cupra TCR DSG for Marie Baus-Coppens.

Brutal Fish enters a VW Golf GTI for Martin Ryba
Slovak driver Martin Ryba joins the TCR Europe at the wheel of a Volkswagen Golf GTI run by the Brutal Fish Racing Team.
Ryba made his TCR debut earlier this year, taking part in the TCR Middle East series. More recently he has raced his Golf in the FIA Central European Zone Series at the Hungaroring, winning the class in the 60-minute endurance race.

Jaap van Lagen replaces Jean-Karl Vernay
With Jean-Karl Vernay committed to race in the WTCR, the Leopard Lukoil Team will replace him with Jaap van Lagen. A very experienced and eclectic racing driver, capable of being equally competitive with GT, Sport and Touring cars, van Lagen has already proved a winner in TCR claiming a double victory at Zandvoort in last year's TCR Benelux event.

TCR Benelux joins the TCR Europe grid
The two races of TCR Europe at Zandvoort will also count as the opening rounds of TCR Benelux. The two series will race together four other times at Spa, Assen, Hungaroring and Barcelona. Drivers from Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, but also those who are racing for teams based in any of the three countries will be eligible for the TCR Benelux title.



 Local drivers join for Zandvoort

Prince Bernhard van Oranje and Michael Verhagen are the two local drivers invited to join the WTCR field for the event in Zandvoort. They will be both at the wheel of Audi RS3 LMS cars run by the Bas Koeten Racing.
Van Oranje of the Dutch Royal family has made occasional appearances in the TCR Benelux in previous seasons. “It is unique to participate in a World Cup event against eight former world champions,” he said.
Currently campaigning a BMW M4 in the Dutch Supercar Challenge series, Verhagen said: “I have done two races in TCR Benelux together with Tom Coronel and also two races in TCR Germany with the Bas Koeten Racing Audi RS3 with Jaap van Lagen and Rik Breukers in the same team.”

Photos: Jacques Letihon


TCR UK @ Knockhill
Daniel Lloyd wins all in Scotland

Daniel Lloyd continued his dream start to the TCR UK Series with another double victory at Knockhill. The WestCoast Racing driver has pocketed the maximum of points in the two events held so far with two pole positions and four race wins.
This meant that Lloyd left Scotland with a 66-point lead over his teammate Andreas Bäckman in second, with Pyro Motorsport’s Oliver Taylor a further seven points behind in third.
Lloyd put in a flawless drive to win the opening race, as Taylor and series newcomer Josh Price completed the podium after a thrilling scrap. Lloyd started from the pole and never looked back. In the first part of the race Aiden Moffat’s Alfa Romeo Giulietta was chasing the leader, but retired at the mid-point of the race with a driveshaft failure.
After a safety car period, Andreas Bäckman made an error and handed second to Taylor; with five laps to run they made contact and this helped Price to move into second.
In Race 2, Sean Walkinshaw started on pole, but Lewis Kent got an even stronger start from the second row and took the lead after a slight contact. Price got past Walkinshaw for second on lap four and then benefited from a Kent's mistake to take the lead. But Lloyd had been making steady progress, moving up to sixth by the end of the first lap and into second by lap eight. On lap 11 he overtook Price for the lead with a clean pass. Price settled for second, ahead of Walkinshaw in third and Darelle Wilson fourth, with the Vauxhall Astra.
The TCR UK will be back into action at Brands Hatch on 2/3 June.

Photos: TCR UK-Matt Sayle


TCR Italy @ Le Castellet
Larini wins the race that never started

Pit Lane Competizioni teammates Nicola Baldan and Andrea Larini shared victories in the TCR Italy second race meeting at Le Castellet.
However, while the reigning champion converted his pole position into victory in Race 1 after a thrilling and fair fight with Eric Scalvini, Larini won a race that never started.
In fact, the second race began behind the safety car on a flooded track, under a pouring rain and with poor visibility. Only two laps were completed before the red flag was waved as the weather conditions were getting worse. It was considered that 30% of the race (25 minutes) had been completed and half points were awarded. Larini who had started from pole on the reverse grid was declared the winner, with Federico Paolino (Hyundai) second and José Rodrigues (Honda) third.
The day before, Race 1 had delivered a totally different show, with the Hyundai cars of Baldan and Scalvini putting in a nice battle for the lead. When the race resumed after a safety car period, Baldan was able to create a gap, while Scalvini had to defend the second place from Salvatore Tavano’s charging Cupra.
Despite he remained scoreless in the weekend, Luigi Ferrara retained the first place in the standings with 41 points, followed by the pairing of Salvatore Tavano-Matteo Greco (37.5), Larini (32) and Baldan (31).
The next event of TCR Italy will take place at Misano on June 15th / 17th.

Photos: ACI Sport-Photo 4


TCR China - Preview
The second season kicks of at Zhuhai

The second season of TCR China kicks off this weekend at the Zhuhai International Circuit with the NewFaster Team defending both the Drivers' and Teams' titles won in 2017 when Andy Yan and Huang Chu Han finished as champion and runner-up respectively.
The team will run again two Audi RS3 LMS cars for a new pair of drivers: Wang Hao (fifth in last year championship) and the 18-year old Touring Car rookie Carson Tang.
The strongest competition is expected from TeamWork Motorsport's pair of Volkswagen Golf GTI cars driven by Sunny Wong and Alex Hui who were classified fourth and third in 2017.
The final entry list will be only published tomorrow.
TCR China will be run on six events, returning to Zhuhai (7/8 July) and then visiting Chengdu (21/22 July), Ningbo (29/30 September), Wuhan (7/8 October) and Shanghai Jiading (24/25 November).
The format remains the same as last year, with two 40-km sprint races and one 60-minute long race at each event in which the drivers may choose if sharing the car or not.

Photos: TCR China


24-Hour Nürburgring
Cupra wins the TCR class 

In a typical Eifel region weekend that alternated between sunshine, rain and fog, the Cupra run by LMS Racing and Bas Koeten Racing claimed a triumphant victory in the TCR class of the ADAC 24-Hour Nürburgring.
It was a hard-fought race. In the first five hours the two Hyundai i30 N cars and the Team Prosport-Performance Audi RS3 LMS alternated in the lead. When the two Korean cars suffered from minor technical issues, the Audi driven by Christoph Breuer, Jürgen Nett, Markus Oestreich and Kenneth Østvold the lead until the 15th hour. Then it dropped to third behind the Cupra of Antti Buri, Olli Kangas, Kari-Pekka Laaksonen and Jordi Gené and the Hyundai of Manuel Lauck, Andreas Gülden, Nicola Larini and Peter Terting that was recovering after a long stop for fixing a gearbox oil leak caused by hitting debris on the track. The three cars ran on the same lap for another three hours until the Audi was stopped by a technical issue.
In vain the Hyundai tried to close the gap from the CUPRA and a long suspension of the race because of the fog did not help their effort.
Eventually the Spanish car crossed the finish line in a brilliant 32nd position overall (out of 150 starters) with a one-lap margin over the Hyundai. The Bonk Motorsport Audi shared by Hermann Bock, Max Partl, Rainer Partl and Volker Piepmeyer finished third three laps down.

Photos: Bodo Kraling / Hyundai Motorsport


The TCR events of the week

18 / 20 May - TCR China, Rounds 1, 2 & 3 @ Zhuhai, China
19 / 20 May - Campeonato España Resistencia, Round 2 @ Alcañiz, Spain
19 / 21 May - WTCR, Rounds 10, 11 & 12 @ Zandvoort, Netherlands
19 / 21 May - TCR Europe, Rounds 3 & 4 @ Zandvoort, Netherlands
19 / 21 May - TCR Benelux, Rounds 1 & 2 @ Zandvoort, Netherlands

Live streaming at and

Saturday: TCR China, Race 1 - 16:30 local (10:30 CET)
Sunday: TCR China, Race 2 - 11:00 local (05:00 CET)
Sunday: TCR China, Race 3 - 15:05 local (09:05 CET)
Sunday: TCR Europe & TCR Benelux, Race 1 - 12:20 CET
Monday: TCR Europe & TCR Benelux, Race 2 - 14:55 CET

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