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Featured FIA Approves Merger Between WTCC and TCR. WTCR Is Here!

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by Eckhart von Glan, Dec 7, 2017.

  1. Eckhart von Glan

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    The World Motor Sport Council of the FIA has agreed in Paris to the merger of the WTCC and TCR touring series, which will be driven according to the regulations of the TCR.

    There is no world title attached to the new championship that will be called WTCR according to the following press release issued by the FIA.

    The FIA World Touring Car Championship will be replaced from 2018 with new technical regulations, a new format and a new name following a vote of approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris yesterday (6 December).

    From next season, the FIA World Touring Car Championship will be renamed the FIA World Touring Car Cup and abbreviated to WTCR. It will run to the TCR technical regulations under a two-year licensing agreement between the FIA, WTCR promoter Eurosport Events Limited (EEL) and WSC, owner of the TCR concept and trademark.
    • TCR technical regulations adopted, frozen for two years
    • FIA World Cup titles for drivers and teams
, no manufacturers’ title
    • Promoted by Eurosport Events, regulated by the FIA
    • Three races per weekend over 10 events in four continents
    As part of the agreement, the TCR International Series will be discontinued while the FIA European Touring Car Cup will no longer run.

    In an exciting change to the existing WTCC race weekend format, each event will consist of three races – an increase from the current two. One qualifying session and one race will take place on the opening day, with the second day more in keeping with the current WTCC set-up: namely a three-phase qualifying session and two races with the first race utilising a reverse grid.

    A maximum of 26 entries will be accepted with priority given to existing TCR International and WTCC teams. Two further wildcard entries will be permitted at each event at the discretion of EEL and the FIA. Entries can be lodged with the FIA from 15 December until 30 January 2018.

    The new name, WTCR, has been introduced to reflect the switch from TC1 to the TCR technical regulations. Meanwhile, the change of status from world championship to world cup signals the start of an exciting new era for international touring car racing when it is hoped that more affordable technical regulations will trigger a flurry of competitor interest, while building on the existing fan and media following enjoyed by the WTCC.

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    François Ribeiro (Head of Eurosport Events): “The combination of the TCR technical regulations, the expertise and neutrality of the FIA and its stringent sporting rules and procedures, plus the promotional strength of Eurosport Events gained since 2005 will deliver a highly competitive grid, exciting racing and a fan-friendly format that can only drive success.”

    Marcello Lotti (Chief Executive, WSC): “We are very proud of this agreement that fully respects the very spirit of TCR. The association with such an experienced promoter as Eurosport Events together with the FIA label on the WTCR represent the ultimate recognition for the TCR concept that we launched three years ago and hasn’t stopped growing since.”

    Sporting
    Regulated by the FIA and backed up by an experienced race management team, WTCR events will be run to the highest organisational standards possible.

    Technical
    The TCR technical regulations will be licensed by WSC to EEL/FIA as the FIA WTCR regulations and frozen until the end of 2019. Only TCR cars homologated by WSC and assigned with the FIA WTCR passport issued by the FIA will be eligible. The FIA and TCR technical departments will determine the balance of performance (BOP) at each event, while success ballast will be allocated per driver. The FIA will be responsible for technical management in consultation with TCR representatives.

    Promotion
    WTCR promoter Eurosport Events will provide a level of promotional resource similar to that enjoyed by the WTCC to ensure that WTCR benefits from live coverage on Eurosport and more than 50 networks around the world, the expertise of Eurosport Events’ promotional and marketing personnel and a comprehensive social media campaign.

    Calendar
    The calendar will consist of 30 races over 10 events in four continents and will be announced shortly.

    Weekend format
    Day one:
    Free Practice 1 (30 minutes); Free Practice 2 (30 minutes); Qualifying (30 minutes), 
Race 1 (top 10 classified finishers score points as follows: 27-20-17-14-12-10-8-6-4-2)

    Day two:
    Qualifying Q1 (25 minutes)
, Qualifying Q2 (10 minutes)
, Qualifying Q3 (top-five shootout)
; Race 2 (top 10 positions reversed after Q2, top 10 classified finishers score points as follows: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1); Race 3 (grid as per combined order after Q3, top 10 classified finishers score points as follows: 30-23-19-16-13-10-7-4-2-1)

    TCR regulations explained
    The TCR technical regulations cater for front-wheel-drive, four/five-door saloons or hatchbacks using turbocharged production engines with a capacity of between 1750-2000cc and with a maximum power output of 350bhp. No fewer than 19 TCR-based championships or series exist around the world while several manufacturers have, or are in the process, of homologating TCR cars including Alfa Romeo, Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, KIA, LADA, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, SEAT, Subaru and Volkswagen. To date, more than 600 TCR racing cars have been built and sold to customer teams.
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  2. Eckhart von Glan

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  3. suspectmonkey

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    Erm, I'm not sure that's how abbreviations are meant to work :D
     
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  4. Bram Hengeveld

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    Great news for all tintop fans out there :thumbsup:
     
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  5. NASCRAP

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    TCR is what touring cars are supposed to be; WTCC was the exact opposite. The TCR class is coming to IMSA next season, and I look forward to it.
     
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  6. Celestiale

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    I guess if Raceroom wants to represent that series, they have to model a few more cars then the last seasons :p
     
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  7. FeltHat

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    the best thing since sliced bread :x3: cmon sector 3, we need it :coffee:
     
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  8. Bram Hengeveld

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    I hope that Reiza, Kunos and Studio 397 will also see this as a big opportunity.
     
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  9. Matthew327

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    Am I the only one who finds the points system inexplicably complicated? The winner of a race can score 25, 27 or 30 points depending on which race it is... That seems odd to me.

    Other than that, I'm glad about this merger.
     
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  10. FeltHat

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    just imagine WTCR in new Reiza title, truly a selling point of Reiza18 :o
    [​IMG]
     
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  11. Kenny Paton

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    C'MON Sector 3 get the foot down
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  12. apex11

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    And in 2 or 3 years the cars will be electric, certainly I've heard that TCR vision will be electric because car manufacturer's are going to need to start selling the electric dream, plus pointless racing cars that don't match what they are making...
     
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  13. Sky

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    26 car maximum seems pretty low considering just how many tcr cars there are about.
     
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  14. Ryno917

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    ... So then why limit the field to 26?

    "HEY! Everyone come play with us! But not you. Or you. Or you, or you. There's too many of you."

    I have the unfortunate sinking feeling that I seem to recall Volvo saying last year that they would not be building a TCR regulation car. IIRC the STCC switched to TCR for next year as well and they have pulled out as a result. Here's hoping they swap and decide to build one, because that S60 is beautiful.
     
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  15. apex11

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    The grid cap of 26 seems nuts as yes TCR is taking over the world...but thats then the point, many TCR car will find there homes in UK Asia US EU etc etc, this means that WTCR can't simply ruin other series under TCR banner.
    One of the conditions was that they limited the grid size.
     
  16. Luan Garcia

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    Please, for god sake, no.
     
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  17. Akra

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    TCR, like GT3 and GT4, is a commercial arm for most manufacturers. They don't need to make the cars road relevant because it isn't about advertising to the public, it's about selling cars to the teams. Audi didn't sell 200 GT3s and 100 TCRs based on road car sales. They sold them to wealthy customers who want to race them.

    You won't see things like GT3, GT4 and TCR going electric. Those are profit centres for manufacturers and will remain that way.
     
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  18. MoerasGrizzly

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    We'll be back to the days of it taking a full year after the championship has been run that we get a pack :p

    Unless they've been working on TCR for a while that is.

    This is great news, I am very happy.
     
  19. MoerasGrizzly

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    It's pretty high considering the WTCC field this year 0_o - But I suspect that they are more limited by the amount of pitboxes that some of their tracks have, or another logistic issue of shipping all these cars around the world and ensuring that nobody is doing anything naughty with them.


    Hmm, I wonder what will happen to the TCR TV youtube channel..
     
  20. Ben Lee

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    The Audi TT Cup car previously competed in TCR under a waiver which is already in Assetto Corsa.