Russian Circuit Racing Series

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Russian Circuit Racing Series
Category Touring cars
Country Russia
Inaugural season 2004
Constructors BMW, LADA, SEAT, Renault, Ford, Kia, Volkswagen, Honda, Subaru, Peugeot
Tyre suppliers Yokohama
Drivers' champion Russia Aleksey Dudukalo
Teams' champion Lukoil Racing
Official website raf-rcrs.ru
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

The Russian Circuit Racing Series (RCRS) is a national Russian racing series created in 2004. It incorporates four classes: touring, super-production, touring-light and the national class. Sergey Krylov has been the championship's promoter since 2004.

Circuits[edit]

Circuit City First Held Most recent
Autodrom Moscow Moscow 2002 2012
Neva Ring Saint Petersburg 1998 2006
Red Ring Krasnoyarsk 2009 2010
NRING Circuit Nizhny Novgorod 2010 2015
Lipetsk Lipetsk 2009 2011
Kursk Kursk 2008 2011
Vorobyovy Gory Moscow 2001 2006
Dmitrov Dmitrov 1998 2009
Orlovsky Ring Oryol 2008 2008
Luzhniki Olympic Complex Moscow 2003 2011
Smolensk Ring Smolensk 2011 2015
Kazan Ring Kazan 2011 2015
Autodrom Saint Petersburg St Petersburg 2011 2011
Moscow Raceway Moscow 2012 2015
Sochi Autodrom Sochi 2014 2015

Classes in detail[edit]

Race queens of RTCC, 2011

Touring[edit]

The international category where cars with two-litre engines and some physical alterations compete. The championship is similar in class to conditions in most other European countries that compete for the Cup of Europe ETCC and the World Championship WTCC.

Typical representatives include: BMW 320, Audi A4, Subaru BRZ, Honda Civic and Accord, Chevrolet Lacetti and Cruze, SEAT León.

Specifications:

  • Engine: 2000 cm³
  • Power: 290 HP
  • Minimum weight: 1110 kg
  • Speed: 250 km/h

TCR Russian Series[edit]

In 2015 it was announced that cars under the new TCR regulations (as used in the TCR International Series) will be eligible to compete alongside the Touring class, but also have their standalone classification.

Typical representatives include: SEAT León Cup Racer and Renault Megane RS

Touring-Light[edit]

RTCC 2010

This class is also called "Easy Touring" but it is not casual. Small cars with 1600cc engines compete in this class, though these can be tuned into quite serious pieces of apparatus. There are similar classes in many countries and they serve as a good training ground for those who, in the future, wish to participate in higher classes of Touring Car racing.

Typical representatives include: Ford Fiesta, VW Polo, Lada Kalina, Citroën Saxo, Kia Rio

Specifications:

  • Engine: 1600 cm³
  • Power: 180 HP
  • Minimum weight 1000 kg
  • Speed: 170 km/h

Super-Production[edit]

This is an international category where cars with the two litre engine compete. These cars are similar in appearance but, as a rule, are a little less powerful than the top classes of Touring Car racing and the fastest drivers of the Super Production class almost always have performance problems to be overcome compared to higher representatives of Touring Car racing.

Typical representatives: Honda Civic, VW Golf, Opel Astra, BMW 320.

Specifications:

  • Engine: 2000 cm³
  • Power: 240 HP
  • Minimum weight: 1110 kg
  • Speed: 185 km/h

National class[edit]

This is for many, the first step into Touring Car racing. The cars are made in Russia only and have to be equipped with identically prepared engines. All cars also need to have identical brakes, suspension brackets and electronics elements. The lower engine capacity is compensated by better reliability.

Typical representatives: Lada Kalina, Lada 112, Lada Riva, Renault Logan/Sandero, VW Polo

Specifications:

  • Engine: 1600 cm³
  • Power: to 150 HP
  • Minimum weight: 1000 kg
  • Speed: to 160 km/h

Champions[edit]

Season Touring Touring-Light Super-Production National Cup
Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion Drivers' Champion Teams' Champion
Russian Circuit Racing Series
2015 Aleksey Dudukalo Lukoil Racing Dmitry Bragin Lada Sport Rosneft Maksim Chernev Innocenti Lada Sport Dmitry Bragin STK Taifmotorsport
2014 Mikhail Grachev AMG Motorsport Boris Shulmeyster Sports Racing Technologies Andrei Maslennikov Ralf-Car Team Vladimir Sheshenin Lukoil Racing Team Lada
Russian Racing Championship
2013 Mikhail Grachev AMG Motorsport Pavel Kalmanovich Lukoil Racing Team Lada Vladimir Strelchenko Ralf-Car Team Egor Sanin KGOO STK MX-Autosport
2012 Aleksandr Frolov TNK Racing Team Mikhail Grachev PSM Team80 Vasiliy Krichevskiy Khimki Motorsport Vladimir Sheshenin AvtoVAZ PROO
Russian Touring Car Championship
2011 Aleksandr Frolov Orenburg Racing Aleksandr Sotnikov Lukoil Racing Viktor Kozankov Honda Cheryomushki Vadim Meshcherjakov Autoclod-afso
2010 Mikhail Ukhov TNK Racing Mikhail Kozlovskiy Lukoil Racing Viktor Kozankov Honda Cheryomushki Vasiliy Mezentsev Krasnoe koltso
2009 Vladimir Strelchenko Khimki Motorsport Aleksey Dudukalo Lukoil Racing Mikhail Zasadych Prology Racing Team Aleksey Filimonov None
2008 Aleksey Basov RED WINGS Aleksey Dudukalo Lukoil Racing Pavel Fedorov Prology Racing Team Aleksandr Zheltov TAXI-2 Technical Consulting
2007 Aleksandr Lvov Golden Motors Aleksandr Sotnikov Dinamo Autosport Aleksey Basov STK Rally Podmoskovie Nikita Vasilyev Jackpot
2006 Vladimir Labazov AVTODOM Racing Anton Markin Dinamo Autosport Vladimir Cherevan Korus Autosport Igor Fillipov Kaluga Motorsport
2005 Vladimir Nechaev AVTODOM Racing Aleksandr Sotnikov Dinamo Autosport Ilya Burenko Forza Sport Artem Kazyavin SKP
2004 Grigoriy Komarov MTS AC Racing Vladimir Labazov Dinamo ASSTI Not held Roman Kozyavin SPK Tolyatti
Before RTCC
2003 Mikhail Ukhov MTS AC Racing Anton Smekalkin None Not held
2002 Grigoriy Komarov MTS AC Racing Vladimir Nechaev None Not held
2001 Aleksandr Lvov Master-Pilot Mikhail Ukhov None Not held
2000 Mikhail Ukhov MTS AC Racing Not held
1999 Vladimir Sukhov AC Racing Not held
1998 Oleg Kesselman Avtostil Azart MSP Not held

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