2019 World Touring Car Cup
|2019 World Touring Car Cup|
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
Team and driver changes
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. 2018 runner-up Yvan Muller was confirmed on 18 November 2018. Three time World Touring Car Champion Andy Priaulx will be making his return to the series with the team after 9 year absence. Yann Ehrlacher was the final driver to be announced on 19 December 2018.
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. 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. Benjamin Leuchter was announced as the fourth driver for the team on 30 January 2018.
Néstor Girolami will make his series return joining ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport alongside Esteban Guerrieri, replacing Yann Ehrlacher. A second Honda team is due to be announced with Tiago Monteiro as one of its drivers.
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.
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. 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.
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.
|1||1||Race of Morocco||Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan||6 April||TBA|
|2||4||Race of Hungary||Hungaroring||27 April||TCR Europe Touring Car Series|
|3||7||Race of Slovakia||Automotodróm Slovakia Ring||10 May||FIM Endurance World Championship|
|4||10||Race of the Netherlands||Circuit Zandvoort||18 May||TBA|
|5||13||Race of Germany||Nürburgring Nordschleife||21 June||24 Hours Nürburgring|
|6||16||Race of Portugal||Circuito Internacional de Vila Real||6 July||TBA|
|7||19||Race of China||Ningbo International Circuit||14 September||TBA|
|8||22||Race of Japan||Suzuka Circuit||26 October||Super Formula Championship|
TCR Japan Touring Car Series
|9||25||Guia Race of Macau||Guia Circuit, Macau||16 November||Macau Grand Prix|
FIA GT World Cup
|10||28||Race of Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit, Sepang||15 December||FIM Endurance World Championship|
- Audi Sport Team Comtoyou will enter 2 Audi RS 3 LMS TCR and Comtoyou Racing will enter 2 CUPRA León TCR.
- Under the series' rules teams are only allowed to run two cars. The current driver allocation is not known.
- 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.
- "Münnich Motorsport confirm all-Argentinian line-up for 2019". TouringCarTimes. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
- "Niels Langeveld completes Audi Sport line-up in WTCR". TouringCarTimes. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "Comtoyou Racing adds Cupra programme, retains Aurélien Panis". TouringCarTimes. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "Cyan Racing confirm WTCR entry with Lynk & Co". TouringCarTimes. 19 October 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
- "Yann Ehrlacher completes Lynk & Co Cyan Racing line-up". TouringCarTimes. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
- "Yvan Muller confirms 2019 WTCR return with Lynk & Co". TouringCarTimes. 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
- "Andy Priaulx joins Lynk & Co Cyan Racing programme". TouringCarTimes. 10 December 2018. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
- "Team Mulsanne confirm continued WTCR programme". TouringCarTimes. 17 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
- "Kevin Ceccon re-signs for Team Mulsanne". TouringCarTimes. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- "Ma Qing Hua completes Team Mulsanne line-up". TouringCarTimes. 5 February 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
- "Johan Kristoffersson confirmed alongside Rob Huff and Mehdi Bennani at SLR". TouringCarTimes. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 20 December 2018.
- "Benjamin Leuchter confirmed in the fourth Volkswagen". TouringCarTimes. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- "Hyundai confirm Tarquini, Michelisz, Catsburg and Farfus for 2019". TouringCarTimes. 3 December 2018. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
- "WTCR: TIAGO MONTEIRO COM A HONDA (Portuguese)". Autosport PT. 28 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
- "Mitchell Cheah gets wild card chance in Malaysia finale". TouringCarTimes. 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "Denis Dupont and Gilles Magnus confirmed for RACB TCR Europe campaign". TouringCars.net. 21 January 2019. Retrieved 28 January 2019.
- "Malaysia the new addition as 2019 WTCR calendar confirmed". TouringCarTimes. 5 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
- 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.