TCR International 2017 - Rustavi International Motopark (Live Stream)

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  1. Paul Jeffrey

    Paul Jeffrey
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    RaceDepartment will be showing a live stream from opening round of the 2017 TCR International Series at the Georgian Rustavi circuit on Sunday 2nd April.

    With 23 cars represented by seven manufacturers and featuring a field of quality touring car drivers with experience and success from such series as Formula One, World Touring Cars, BTCC, GT racing and open wheel formula, the upcoming TCR International Series looks likely to present the closest fought championship in the championships short three year history.

    Reigning double TCR International champion Stefano Comini returns to defend his championship with a brand new team and car in the form of the Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS, whilst current TCR Benelux champion and former WTCC racer Pierre-Yves Corthals makes a full-time switch to the series driving the distinctive new for 2017 Opel Astra TCR for his own team DG Sport Compétition. 2016 third place finisher and pre-season title favourite Jean-Karl Vernay takes the lead driver role at defending champions Team WRT, flying solo for the opening rounds as the team seek to fill the second Volkswagon Golf GTi TCR seat before the next return to Europe at the legendary Spa Francorchamps circuit in May.

    World Touring Car Championship converts Hugo Valente, Dusan Borkovic, Mat’o Homola and Pepe Oriola are joined on the grid by former BTCC driver and TCR runner-up James Nash, alongside other highly decorated and experienced tin-top competitors in the form of Gianni Morbidelli and Roberto Colciago, all of whom will be expected to remain in the hunt for strong results throughout the season.

    As has become standard procedure for the championship since it's inception in 2015 is the welcoming of part time and regional competitors for selected rounds of the season. It is expected that the 23 full-time entrants will be joined at several events by a number of one-off teams, cars and drivers, included the expected debut of a semi-works Hyundai squad spearheaded by Italian tin top legend Gabrielle Tarquinii, plus a potential part season return for the Top Run Motorsport, fielding the distinctive Subaru WRX STi TCR as seen on track several occasions during the previous campaign.

    Discussing the upcoming season and capacity full season entry list, series promoter Marcello Lotti commented:

    “The TCR International Series is growing further in its third season and we are very pleased with the arrival of new brands, like Audi and KIA, and new teams. We are also delighted to see that the decision to change the format of the European Trophy is resulting in some competitors already entering in the European events of the International Series.”
    The whole ethos of the TCR regulations is to provide affordable touring car racing for private teams across multiple championships throughout the world. Such has been the success of the series that 11 different countries have adopted the rule set for their own national racing series, and TCR specification cars are also eligible to race in major endurance racing events such as the German VLN series, the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and the ever growing 24 Hour Series Endurance Championship.

    Developed and headed by former WTCC boss Marcello Lotti, a TCR specification car can be purchased for around €100,000 and fully factory backed teams are excluded from entering the championship. This model has been developed intentionally to be in stark contrast to the current World Touring Car Championship regulations, dominated by big budget manufacturer teams spending millions of Euros per season have seen the size and quality of the grid rapidly declining over the last few years. Despite the relatively low cost of entry, on track action in the TCR series has been incredible these past few years. Fielding drivers of considerable class and experience, a wide variety of different cars and a calendar not afraid to visit some of the best touring car tracks in the world, TCR International Series is pound for pound one of the best top level forms of motorsport currently active. With great on track action in beautiful cars, we can't wait to enjoy each and every round with our awesome RaceDepartment community!

    If you missed the live stream then fear not! Full as live race reply from Round 1 and 2 can be seen below:

    The Grid

    No – Driver – Nat – Team – Car
    1 – Stefano Comini – SUI – Comtoyou Racing – Audi RS 3 LMS
    2 – Jean-Karl Vernay – FRA – Leopard Racing Team WRT – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
    3 – TBA – TBA – Leopard Racing Team WRT – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
    5 – Roberto Colciago – ITA – M1RA – Honda Civic TCR
    6 – TBA – TBA – Comtoyou Racing – Audi RS 3 LMS
    7 – Hugo Valente – FRA – Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing – SEAT León TCR
    9 – Attila Tassi – HUN – M1RA – Honda Civic TCR
    10 – Gianni Morbidelli – ITA – WestCoast Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
    11 – Jens Reno Moller – DEN – Reno Racing – Honda Civic TCR
    16 – Davit Kajaia – GEO – GE-Force – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR
    18 – Duncan Ende – USA – Icarus Motorsports – SEAT León TCR
    21 – Giacomo Altoe – ITA – WestCoast Racing – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
    23 – Pierre-Yves Corthals – BEL – DG Sport Compétition – Opel Astra TCR
    31 – Milovan Vesnic – SRB – ASK Vesnic – Audi RS 3 LMS
    34 – Stian Paulsen – NOR – Stian Paulsen Racing – SEAT León TCR
    54 – James Nash – GBR – Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing – SEAT León TCR
    55 – Ferenc Ficza – HUN – Zengo Motorsport – Kia Cee’d TCR
    62 – Dusan Borkovic – SRB – GE-Force – Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR
    70 – Mat’o Homola – SVK – DG Sport Compétition – Opel Astra TCR
    74 – Pepe Oriola – SPN – Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing – SEAT León TCR
    75 – TBA – TBA – Zengo Motorsport – Kia Cee’d TCR
    TBA – TBA – TBA – Icarus Motorsports – SEAT León TCR
    TBA – TBA – TBA – Zele Racing – SEAT León TCR

    The Cars

    Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR
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    Teams: GE-Force
    Drivers: Davit Kajaia, Dusan Borkovic

    Audi RS 3 LMS TCR
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    Teams: Comtoyou Racing, ASK Vesnic
    Drivers: Stefano Comini, TBC, Milovan Vesnic

    Honda Civic TCR
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    Teams: M1RA, Reno Racing
    Drivers: Roberto Colciago, Attila Tassi, Jens Reno Moller

    KIA cee'd TCR
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    Teams: Zengo Motorsport
    Drivers: Ferenc Ficza, TBC

    Opel Astra TCR
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    Teams: DG Sport Compétition
    Drivers: Pierre-Yves Corthals, Mat’o Homola

    SEAT León TCR
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    Teams: Lukoil Craft-Bamboo Racing, Icarus Motorsports, Stian Paulsen Racing, Zele Racing
    Drivers: Hugo Valente, James Nash, Pepe Oriola, TBC, Duncan Ende, Stian Paulsen, TBC

    Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
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    Teams: Leopard Racing Team WRT, WestCoast Racing
    Drivers: Jean-Karl Vernay, TBC, Gianni Morbidelli, Giacomo Altoe

    The Drivers
    2017 sees one of the strongest grids the series has received since it's tentative debut all the way back in 2015. Returning for the new year is the only driver ever to win a TCR International drivers' trophy in the form of Stefano Comini, an exciting Swiss driver who has shot to fame in the past couple of years in TCR after a mix and match junior career that has seen the popular "bearded one" secure himself many successes in closed top racing cars. At only 27 years of age, Comini probably has a long career and many more wins ahead of him in the coming years.

    Another returning TCR driver of note is sometime WTCC driver, double International Superstars champion and former Formula One competitor Gianni Morbidelli. The vastly experienced Italian sportsman will be looking to put together a more consistent season at the wheel of his Honda Civic TCR if he's to add to an enviable CV in the year he's due to celebrate his 50th birthday. Despite showing flashes of incredible pace, Morbidelli will no doubt be disappointed to trail home only in 6th position last year. Using all the guile that found the driver for a period of time behind the wheel of a Ferrari Formula One cockpit, Morbidelli will surely be looking to drag himself much further up the order come season end in 2017.

    James Nash is another big name making his return to TCR competition in 2017, looking to go one better than his stunning second place finish last season in what was his first full year running under TCR regulations. With a strong World Touring Car Championship career that spanned two seasons and peaked with two wins and a third overall finish in the championship in 2013, Nash found himself back behind the wheel of a full time touring car machine towards for 2016 following a brief stint in sportscars, when the British driver secured a fantastic debut podium at Bahrain on his way to fighting for the championship title all the way to the final round of the season at Macau.

    With all this talent on the grid and a fantastic mix of youth and experience, when the cars head out onto the track this Sunday 2nd April it's sure to be a suitably fitting festival of racing, I can't wait!

    The Calendar
    April 2
    : Rustavi International Motopark, Georgia
    April 16
    : Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain*
    May 7: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium**
    May 14: Monza
    June 11: Salzburgring, Austria
    July 2: Hungaroring, Hungary
    July 9: Oschersleben, Germany
    September 3: Chang International Circuit, Thailand
    October 8: Korea / China
    November 26: Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi*

    *denotes F1 support race
    ** denotes WEC support race

    You can catch all the racing here at RaceDepartment from 10:23 BST for Race 1 and 12:28 BST for Race 2 on Sunday 2nd April, live on our very own RaceDepartment Live Stream page.

    Keep an eye out at RaceDepartment during 2017 as we look to stream more live racing than ever before. It's going to be a great event and a great year ahead!

    Drop a comment or two below about the opening round of the 2017 TCR International Series with your fellow community members and sit back and enjoy the broadcast :)

    Happy viewing everyone!

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  2. Paul Jeffrey

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    Massively excited for this race! Looking forward to the first race of a "real" championship battle once again.

    Leave all your race comments here, and let's have ourselves a nice time talking about the best form of motorsport in the whole wide world - Tin tops baby! :cool::D:):cool:;):):D
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  3. Blimey


    Audi looking like they're about to destroy TCR this year.
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  4. Bram Hengeveld

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    Going to be one hell of a season that's for sure. Looking forward to the seasons opener Sunday+
  5. Paul Jeffrey

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    I'm hopeful that Hyundai get their development wrapped up quick sharp and we see the master, the maestro, the legend, the superstar and the coolest Italian on earth Mr. Gabrielle Tarquinii get a race or two under his belt before the season is done and dusted.

    (no I'm not biased towards him, at all....) :roflmao:
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  6. Celestiale


    Being honest now..
    i couldn't care less about the actual racing..i am a fan of the top, fastest motorsports in the world with huge horsepower like F1 (fastest cars), WRC (best drivers), WRX (maniac 600+hp on compact cars), or DTM/GT500 (fastest "touring" cars)..GT3 is on the edge of my interest, already pretty slow compared to the rest i watch...but stuff like WTCC or TCR just doesn't interest me, if i know that my own everyday car gets faster around the track then those cars...hating non RWD-cars doesn't help the case (driving in real life or in sim).
    On the other side i would be quite thrilled about TCR in a sim (AC, R3E), because it would surely present a very plain, close field and at the same time quite varied with 7 different cars. But what i like to watch, and what i like to race have always been two vastly different things.
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  7. Maximiliano


    I agree with you. But the problem, in my opinion, is the circuits. When you put "slow" cars (relative to DTM or F1) on long and wide circuits like Malaysia or Paul Ricard, things tend to get pretty boring. Circuits like Bathurst on the other hand...

    Of course, F1 and some other top categories can be even duller, but at least they go crazy fast around corners. If I want close racing, I wach Moto3 or WorldSSP.
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  8. Kari Kranck

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    I have been fan of F1 long time, these days races are quite boring watching if the director don't show battles of slowest cars. qualify have more entertainment value than actual race.
    Most Greatest motorsport event is TT Isle of Man, i wish one day,can go visit there.
    Will start following TCR.
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  9. Bram Hengeveld

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    Nice circuit Rustavi!

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  10. Slyfrequency


    I love when a championship has a great variety of manufacturers! Hopefully I'll be up in time to catch the races ;)
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  11. Tim Meuris

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    No really big names in the civics. Hope they are better than last years drivers. But really psyched for this. My favourite kind of racing both on telly as in sims!
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  14. Slalom823

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    Your everyday car is faster around a circuit than these? What do you drive if you don't mind saying?!

    Edit: I wasn't being mean or joking, just curious that's all.
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