Latest speculation suggests WTCC and Eurosport Events will merge with the growing TCR series to form a single international series in 2018... With the World Touring Car Championship on its knees in recent years, it now looks likely that the series will say goodbye to manufacturer involvement from 2018 and join forces with the ever growing TCR International Series, once again bringing a global standard of touring car rules to the sport and hopefully reviving the highest profile international tin top series in the world. With the current high downforce, high cost TC1 regulations strangling growth in World Touring Car Championship racing these past few years, so much so that since the withdrawal of works support from Chevrolet, Citroen and LADA only leaving representation from a much reduced Honda and Volvo operations, something very drastic has to change if the World Touring Car Championship is to survive and prosper in the years ahead. Perhaps it was inevitable in todays day and age that the expensive rules of TC1 would become unsustainable and a more cost effective solution would have to be sought, paving the way for the tremendously successful TCR formula to join forces with the might and experience of the Eurosport and WTCC brands in the near future, something that would no doubt have been on the mind of TCR head man and former WTCC boss Marcello Lotti when he first broke away from the main world series back in 2014 to bring his TCR dreams to reality. Despite the unprecedented success of TCR, a move to these regulations at World level would mean one very substantial change to the DNA of the World Touring Car Championship; gone will be "works" manufacturer teams as TCR is 100% a customer series, with costs capped at 130,000 eu per car and rules allowing only privateer outfits running off the shelf purchased vehicles in a wide array of body styles and configurations. At present cars from Hyundai, Ford, Opel, Honda, Audi, Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Subaru, Renault, SEAT, VW, LADA and Kia are all running across the many different national and international series of TCR, recreating the ladder structure enjoyed by touring car racing back in the SuperTouring heyday of the 1990's and early to mid 2000's S2000 regulations. At the present time Eurosport, WTCC and the TCR series are unavailable for comment on the potential merger for 2018, however it is thought to be extremely likely to be officially announced within the next few months, potentially in time for a first season of racing under the new regulation set as early as the 2018 racing season. Love motorsport and want to share your passion with fellow fans of two, three and four wheeled sport? Drop in to our Motorsport Sub Forum and get yourself involved with the community today! Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Do you think a WTCC and TCR International Series merger will be a good thing for international touring car racing? Is a move away from "works" manufacturer teams in an world championship series the correct move? Let us know in the comments section below!