2019 World Touring Car Cup

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2019 World Touring Car Cup
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The FIA World Touring Car Cup is an international touring car championship promoted by Eurosport Events and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for touring cars. This will be the second season under the "World Cup" banner and 15th overall of the series which dates back to the 2005 World Touring Car Championship.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Car Drivers Rounds
Season entries
Germany ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport[1] Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8)[1] Argentina Néstor Girolami[1] TBA
Argentina Esteban Guerrieri[1] TBA
Belgium Audi Sport Team Comtoyou[2][N 1]
Comtoyou Racing[3][N 1]
Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[2] Netherlands Niels Langeveld[2] TBA
Belgium Frédéric Vervisch[2] TBA
CUPRA León TCR[3] France Aurélien Panis[3] TBA
TBA[3] TBA
Luxembourg Audi Sport Leopard Team WRT[2] Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[2] United Kingdom Gordon Shedden[2] TBA
France Jean-Karl Vernay[2] TBA
Sweden Cyan Racing[4][N 2] Lynk & Co 03 TCR[4] Sweden Thed Björk[4] TBA
France Yann Ehrlacher[5] TBA
France Yvan Muller[6] TBA
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx[7] TBA
Italy Team Mulsanne[8] Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR[8] Italy Kevin Ceccon[9] TBA
China Ma Qing Hua[10] TBA
France Sébastien Loeb Racing[11][N 2] Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR[11] Morocco Mehdi Bennani[11] TBA
United Kingdom Robert Huff[11] TBA
Sweden Johan Kristoffersson[11] TBA
Germany Benjamin Leuchter[12] TBA
TBA[13][N 3] Hyundai i30 N TCR[13] Netherlands Nick Catsburg[13] TBA
Brazil Augusto Farfus[13] TBA
Hungary Norbert Michelisz[13] TBA
Italy Gabriele Tarquini[13] TBA
TBA[14] Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8)[14] Portugal Tiago Monteiro[14] TBA
TBA[14] TBA
Wildcard entries
TBA[15] Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR[15] Malaysia Mitchell Cheah[15] 10

Team and driver changes[edit]

Cyan Racing are set to make a return to the series with the all-new Lynk & Co 03 TCR after missing the 2018 season. Thed Björk was the first driver announced by the team.[4] 2018 runner-up Yvan Muller was confirmed on 18 November 2018.[6] Three time World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx will be making his return to the series with the team after 9 year absence.[7] Yann Ehrlacher was the final driver to be announced on 19 December 2018.[5]

Nick Catsburg and Augusto Farfus are set to drive for Hyundai supported teams alongside series champion Gabriele Tarquini and Norbert Michelisz, though it's unknown for which teams they will drive.[13] Farfus last raced in the series in 2010 while Catsburg last raced in the series in 2017.

2018 FIA World Rallycross Championship and 2018 TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship winner Johan Kristoffersson is set to make series debut driving Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR, prepared by Sébastien Loeb Racing joining Robert Huff and Mehdi Bennani.[11] Benjamin Leuchter was announced as the fourth driver for the team on 30 January 2018.[12]

Néstor Girolami will make his series return joining ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport alongside Esteban Guerrieri, replacing Yann Ehrlacher.[1] A second Honda team is due to be announced with Tiago Monteiro as one of its drivers.[14]

After making one–off appearances for Boutsen Ginion Racing in 2018, Ma Qing Hua is set to make his full season return with Team Mulsanne, joining Kevin Ceccon, who drove for the team during the second half of the 2018 season.[9][10]

2018 ADAC TCR Germany second runner-up Niels Langeveld is set to join Audi Sport Team Comtoyou, who will scale down to 2 cars due to series restrictions, joining Frédéric Vervisch, while Gordon Shedden and Jean-Karl Vernay will remain with Audi Sport Leopard Team WRT.[2] Denis Dupont, who raced for Audi Sport Team Comtoyou last season, will remain with the Comtoyou team in the 2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series.[16]

Calendar[edit]

A provisional calendar was released on 5 December 2018. The second race in China at Wuhan was discontinued while the series will make first appearance in Malaysia at the Sepang International Circuit.[17][18]

Rnd. Race Race Name Circuit Date Supporting
1 1 Race of Morocco Morocco Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan 6 April TBA
2 7 April
3
2 4 Race of Hungary Hungary Hungaroring 27 April TCR Europe Touring Car Series

TCR Eastern Europe Trophy

5 28 April
6
3 7 Race of Slovakia Slovakia Automotodróm Slovakia Ring 10 May FIM Endurance World Championship
8 12 May
9
4 10 Race of the Netherlands Netherlands Circuit Zandvoort 18 May TBA
11 19 May
12
5 13 Race of Germany Germany Nürburgring Nordschleife 21 June 24 Hours Nürburgring
14 22 June
15
6 16 Race of Portugal Portugal Circuito Internacional de Vila Real 6 July TBA
17
18 7 July
7 19 Race of China China Ningbo International Circuit 14 September TBA
20 15 September
21
8 22 Race of Japan Japan Suzuka Circuit 26 October Super Formula Championship
TCR Japan Touring Car Series
23 27 October
24
9 25 Guia Race of Macau Macau Guia Circuit, Macau 16 November Macau Grand Prix
FIA GT World Cup
26 17 November
27
10 28 Race of Malaysia Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Sepang 15 December FIM Endurance World Championship
29
30

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Audi Sport Team Comtoyou will enter 2 Audi RS 3 LMS TCR and Comtoyou Racing will enter 2 CUPRA León TCR.
  2. ^ a b Under the series' rules teams are only allowed to run two cars. The current driver allocation is not known.
  3. ^ Under the series' rules manufacturers are not allowed to compete directly. The teams, which will use the cars, and the driver allocation are yet to be announced.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Münnich Motorsport confirm all-Argentinian line-up for 2019". TouringCarTimes. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Niels Langeveld completes Audi Sport line-up in WTCR". TouringCarTimes. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d "Comtoyou Racing adds Cupra programme, retains Aurélien Panis". TouringCarTimes. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Cyan Racing confirm WTCR entry with Lynk & Co". TouringCarTimes. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Yann Ehrlacher completes Lynk & Co Cyan Racing line-up". TouringCarTimes. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Yvan Muller confirms 2019 WTCR return with Lynk & Co". TouringCarTimes. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Andy Priaulx joins Lynk & Co Cyan Racing programme". TouringCarTimes. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Team Mulsanne confirm continued WTCR programme". TouringCarTimes. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Kevin Ceccon re-signs for Team Mulsanne". TouringCarTimes. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Ma Qing Hua completes Team Mulsanne line-up". TouringCarTimes. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Johan Kristoffersson confirmed alongside Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani at SLR". TouringCarTimes. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Benjamin Leuchter confirmed in the fourth Volkswagen". TouringCarTimes. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  13. ^ a b c d e f g "Hyundai confirm Tarquini, Michelisz, Catsburg and Farfus for 2019". TouringCarTimes. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  14. ^ a b c d e "WTCR: TIAGO MONTEIRO COM A HONDA (Portuguese)". Autosport PT. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  15. ^ a b c "Mitchell Cheah gets wild card chance in Malaysia finale". TouringCarTimes. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  16. ^ "Denis Dupont and Gilles Magnus confirmed for RACB TCR Europe campaign". TouringCars.net. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
  17. ^ "Malaysia the new addition as 2019 WTCR calendar confirmed". TouringCarTimes. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  18. ^ Rodgers, Richard (2018-12-07). "EWC and WTCR join forces twice in 2019". FIA WTCR | World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO. Retrieved 2018-12-29.

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