2020 World Touring Car Cup

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2020 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 third season under the "World Cup" banner and 16th overall of the series, which dates back to the 2005 World Touring Car Championship.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Team Car No. Drivers Rounds Ref.
Season entries
Italy BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR 1 Hungary Norbert Michelisz TBA [1]
30 Italy Gabriele Tarquini TBA [1]
Germany Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team 8 Germany Luca Engstler TBA [1]
88 Netherlands Nick Catsburg TBA [1]
Germany ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
Germany ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport
Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8) 9 Hungary Attila Tassi TBA [2]
18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro TBA [2]
29 Argentina Néstor Girolami TBA [2]
86 Argentina Esteban Guerrieri TBA [2]
Belgium Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS TCR 31 Netherlands Tom Coronel TBA [3]
Sweden Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 68 France Yann Ehrlacher TBA [4]
100 France Yvan Muller TBA [4]
Sweden Cyan Performance Lynk & Co TBA TBA TBA [5]
TBA TBA TBA [5]
Wildcard entries

Summary[edit]

JAS Motorsport and Honda Racing retained their 2019 drivers–Attila Tassi, Tiago Monteiro, Néstor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri–for the 2020 season. On 5 March it was announced that all four drivers will compete for Münnich Motorsport, who will expand from two cars last season. To meet series regulations the team will be split into two entities–ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport and ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport–with driver pairings yet to be confirmed.[2][6]

Volkswagen Motorsport announced that it will cease manufacturer support for the Golf GTI TCR along with all petrol-powered motorsport programmes. However, the Golf GTI TCR will still be available to private teams. This announcement comes along with the shift of the brand's policy towards electric racing.[7] Sébastien Loeb Racing, which had run four Golf GTI TCR cars during the 2019 season, announced on 31 January 2020 that will leave the series.[8]

Audi will not introduce a successor of the RS 3 LMS for 2020, while also ending their manufacturer support in the series though the RS 3 LMS would be still available to private teams. Days before the announcement, W Racing Team, competing under the Audi Sport Team Leopard Racing banner, announced that it ceases participation in the series after the 2019 season to focus on their racing programmes in GT racing and the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters.[9][10]

Tom Coronel will remain with Comtoyou Racing, but will switch from CUPRA León TCR to Audi RS 3 LMS TCR.[3]

Cyan Racing has committed to run four Lynk & Co 03 TCR cars for the season. On 26 March Yann Ehrlacher and Yvan Muller were confirmed as drivers for Cyan Racing Lynk & Co.[5][4]

Hyundai will be again represented by four Hyundai i30 N TCR entries. BRC Racing Team will scale down to two cars after fielding all four entries last year, entering under the BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse banner for reigning champion Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini. Engstler Motorsport will return to the series for the first time since the 2014 season (back when it was called the World Touring Car Championship) fielding the remaining two Hyundai cars under the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team name for Luca Engstler, who will make his full-season début after entering once as a wildcard entry for the 2019 season as well as being replacement for Augusto Farfus at the Macau race weekend last year, and Nick Catsburg. With these changes, Farfus will leave the team.[1]

Calendar[edit]

The 2020 championship is due to be contested over twenty rounds in Europe and East Asia.

A provisional calendar was released on 5 December 2019[11][12] and confirmed on 6 March 2020.[13]

Rnd. Race Race Name Circuit Date Supporting
1 1 Race of Slovakia Slovakia Automotodróm Slovakia Ring 6 June European Truck Racing Championship
2 7 June
2 3 Race of Portugal Portugal Circuito Internacional de Vila Real 20 June
4 21 June
5 TBA
3 6 Race of Spain Spain Ciudad del Motor de Aragón 4 July
7 5 July
8 TBA
9 TBA
4 10 Race of Austria Austria Salzburgring 25 July PURE ETCR Touring Car Series
11 26 July
12 TBA
5 13 Race of China China Ningbo International Circuit 19 September
14 20 September
6 15 Race of Korea South Korea Inje Speedium 17 October PURE ETCR Touring Car Series
16 18 October
7 17 Guia Race of Macau Macau Guia Circuit, Macau 21 November Macau Grand Prix
FIA GT World Cup
18 22 November
8 19 Race of Malaysia Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Sepang 13 December
20
Cancelled Races
Race of Hungary Hungary Hungaroring 25 April European Truck Racing Championship
26 April
Race of Germany Germany Nürburgring Nordschleife 22 May 24 Hours Nürburgring
Audi R8 LMS Cup
23 May

Calendar changes[edit]

Changes related to the coronavirus pandemic[edit]

Rule changes[edit]

Technical changes[edit]

  • Compensation weight will be measured differently compared to the previous season with now only the qualifying laps will be counted. Previously a combination of both the qualifying and race laps was used to determine the compensation weight. The change comes to avoid teams instructing drivers to set slower race laps. The Balance of Performance parameters for the cars will remain unaffected.[18]
  • Goodyear is set to become the series' tyre supplier, replacing Yokohama after a fourteen-year tenure as Yokohama elected to concentrate on supplying tyres for Super Formula and Super GT championships. Teams will have a set of 18 new tyres for the opening round of the season, with the number being decreased to 12 for the remaining rounds.[19][20]

Sporting changes[edit]

  • For the first time since the 2010 World Touring Car Championship, a rookie category will be introduced in the series. Drivers under the age of 23 will be eligible as long as they have not raced in more than three race weekends in the series prior to this season.[18]
  • The three-race schedule, that was used for the last two seasons, was cut down to two, citing cost-cutting measures, reducing the number of races from thirty to twenty. As a result, only a single qualifying session will be held. The race length for Race 2 would be three laps longer than Race 1 as a direct result of the reduced number of events.[20]
  • Teams running two cars are restricted to 12-man personnel with three-car teams allowed 18-man personnel. The number of personnel working on the cars, wearing designated armbands, is restricted to ten.[20]


Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Hyundai confirm Michelisz, Tarquini, Catsburg and Engstler". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Honda re-sign Guerrieri, Girolami, Monteiro and Tassi". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Showman the number: Coronel goes for 500 in WTCR 2020". Eurosport. Eurosport. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "Yvan Muller, Yann Ehrlacher confirmed with Lynk & Co Cyan Racing". TouringCarTimes. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
  5. ^ a b c "Lynk & Co Cyan Racing confirm continued four-car programme". TouringCarTimes. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  6. ^ "Münnich Motorsport confirm expansion to four cars". TouringCarTimes. 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  7. ^ "Volkswagen cancels TCR programme to focus on electrification". TouringCarTimes. 2019-11-22. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  8. ^ "Sébastien Loeb Racing confirm WTCR exit". TouringCarTimes. 2020-01-31. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
  9. ^ "Audi confirm WTCR exit for 2020". TouringCarTimes. 2019-12-11. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  10. ^ "WRT to end World Touring Car Cup, TCR Europe programmes". TouringCarTimes. 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
  11. ^ "Aragón, Inje-Speedium confirmed on 2020 WTCR calendar". TouringCarTimes. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
  12. ^ "MotorLand Aragón given WTCR slot for 2020 season". TouringCarTimes. 2019-09-20. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
  13. ^ "TEN OF THE BEST IN STORE AS 2020 WTCR CALENDAR IS CONFIRMED". FIAWTCR. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  14. ^ "WTCR Race of Hungary statement". Eurosport. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
  15. ^ "Nürburgring 24 Hours race weekend postponed to September". TouringCarTimes. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  16. ^ "Update: WTCR Race of Germany". FIA WTCR | World Touring Car Cup. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  17. ^ "Nürburgring races moved to Portugal, Austria to maintain 20 race schedule". TouringCarTimes. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  18. ^ a b "Weight rule change and rookie category introduced for 2020". TouringCarTimes. 2019-12-05. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
  19. ^ "Goodyear named new WTCR tyre supplier". TouringCarTimes. 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
  20. ^ a b c "WTCR announce fewer races and cost cutting measures". TouringCarTimes. 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2020-02-20.

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