2020 World Touring Car Cup
|2020 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 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
|BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse||Hyundai i30 N TCR||1||Norbert Michelisz||TBA|||
|Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team||8||Luca Engstler||TBA|||
| ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport
|Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8)||9||Attila Tassi||TBA|||
|Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS 3 LMS TCR||31||Tom Coronel||TBA|||
|Cyan Racing Lynk & Co||Lynk & Co 03 TCR||68||Yann Ehrlacher||TBA|||
|Cyan Performance Lynk & Co||TBA||TBA||TBA|||
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.
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. 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.
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.
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||1||Race of Slovakia||Automotodróm Slovakia Ring||6 June||European Truck Racing Championship|
|2||3||Race of Portugal||Circuito Internacional de Vila Real||20 June|
|3||6||Race of Spain||Ciudad del Motor de Aragón||4 July|
|4||10||Race of Austria||Salzburgring||25 July||PURE ETCR Touring Car Series|
|5||13||Race of China||Ningbo International Circuit||19 September|
|6||15||Race of Korea||Inje Speedium||17 October||PURE ETCR Touring Car Series|
|7||17||Guia Race of Macau||Guia Circuit, Macau||21 November||Macau Grand Prix|
FIA GT World Cup
|8||19||Race of Malaysia||Sepang International Circuit, Sepang||13 December|
|–||–||Race of Hungary||Hungaroring||European Truck Racing Championship|
|–||–||Race of Germany||Nürburgring Nordschleife||24 Hours Nürburgring|
Audi R8 LMS Cup
- The series will make their first appearance in South Korea, with the round held at the Inje Speedium, replacing the Race of Japan.
- The Race of Spain will make a return to the series at the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón in early July. The last time the series visited Spain was in 2012 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo when the series was called World Touring Car Championship. The Race of Spain replaces Race of the Netherlands in the calendar.
- The Race of Germany will move from June back to May date. The Race of Slovakia will move to June date, while Race of Portugal will move from July to June.
- The Race of Austria will make a return to the series at the Salzburgring in late July. The last time the series visited Austria was in 2014 when the series was called World Touring Car Championship. The Race of Austria replaces Race of Morocco in the calendar.
- On 13 March 2020, it was announced that the Race of Hungary, originally scheduled for 24–26 April 2020, will be cancelled.
- On 17 March 2020, it was announced that the 24 Hours Nürburgring, originally scheduled for 21–23 May 2020, will be postponed to 24–25 September. The Race of Germany, which was due to support the 24 Hour race, was cancelled.
- To maintain the 20-race schedule, the series organizers reallocated the cancelled events from the Race of Hungary and Race of Germany – both Hungaroring races will be moved to the Ciudad del Motor de Aragón, while the races scheduled at the Nürburgring Nordschleife will be moved to the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real and Salzburgring respectively.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Hyundai confirm Michelisz, Tarquini, Catsburg and Engstler". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. 16 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020.
- "Honda re-sign Guerrieri, Girolami, Monteiro and Tassi". TouringCarTimes. TouringCarTimes. 10 January 2020. Retrieved 10 January 2020.
- "Showman the number: Coronel goes for 500 in WTCR 2020". Eurosport. Eurosport. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
- "Yvan Muller, Yann Ehrlacher confirmed with Lynk & Co Cyan Racing". TouringCarTimes. 26 March 2020. Retrieved 28 March 2020.
- "Lynk & Co Cyan Racing confirm continued four-car programme". TouringCarTimes. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
- "Münnich Motorsport confirm expansion to four cars". TouringCarTimes. 2020-03-05. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
- "Volkswagen cancels TCR programme to focus on electrification". TouringCarTimes. 2019-11-22. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
- "Sébastien Loeb Racing confirm WTCR exit". TouringCarTimes. 2020-01-31. Retrieved 2020-01-31.
- "Audi confirm WTCR exit for 2020". TouringCarTimes. 2019-12-11. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
- "WRT to end World Touring Car Cup, TCR Europe programmes". TouringCarTimes. 2019-12-09. Retrieved 2019-12-13.
- "Aragón, Inje-Speedium confirmed on 2020 WTCR calendar". TouringCarTimes. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 5 December 2019.
- "MotorLand Aragón given WTCR slot for 2020 season". TouringCarTimes. 2019-09-20. Retrieved 2019-09-20.
- "TEN OF THE BEST IN STORE AS 2020 WTCR CALENDAR IS CONFIRMED". FIAWTCR. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
- "WTCR Race of Hungary statement". Eurosport. 13 March 2020. Retrieved 13 March 2020.
- "Nürburgring 24 Hours race weekend postponed to September". TouringCarTimes. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
- "Update: WTCR Race of Germany". FIA WTCR | World Touring Car Cup. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
- "Nürburgring races moved to Portugal, Austria to maintain 20 race schedule". TouringCarTimes. 17 March 2020. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
- "Weight rule change and rookie category introduced for 2020". TouringCarTimes. 2019-12-05. Retrieved 2019-12-05.
- "Goodyear named new WTCR tyre supplier". TouringCarTimes. 2019-12-20. Retrieved 2019-12-20.
- "WTCR announce fewer races and cost cutting measures". TouringCarTimes. 2020-02-18. Retrieved 2020-02-20.