TCR UK TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

New in the UK for 2018!

TCR UK will be the new headline Championship for the BRSCC, bringing some of the most exciting new racing cars onto the British motorsport scene. 

TCR UK is the latest series to join the rapidly expanding ‘family’ of TCR championships around the world. The UK series will consist of fourteen 30-minute races, spread over seven race weekends at some of the country’s most iconic circuits, including Brands Hatch, Silverstone and Donington Park. The season begins on Easter weekend and features one event per month until the championship finale in mid-October. Two titles will be awarded, for the Drivers’ and Teams’ champions, with points being awarded for Qualifying results as well as the two races.

TCR cars are front-wheel drive, saloon or hatchback performance derivatives of mainstream production cars, powered by turbocharged two-litre petrol engines that produce around 350bhp. So far, twelve different brands have developed TCR cars - Alfa Romeo, Audi, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Peugeot, Opel, Renault, SEAT, Subaru and Volkswagen - with a number of other brands rumoured to be working on developing cars.

Marcello Lotti, the man behind the most recent incarnation of the World Touring Car Championship, came up with the TCR concept. He had been concerned for some time that national Touring Car championships had been in decline and so set about developing a ‘pyramid’ of cost-effective Touring Car racing, in which the same cars could be used for national, regional and international events. In addition, TCR cars are eligible for endurance racing and so compete in championships such as the 24H series and the Super Taikyu series in Japan.

To give an idea of the potential growth of TCR, the most popular national series so far has been TCR Germany, which began in 2016 with a total of 26 entries and then rapidly expanded to 48 entries for 2017. The winner of both German titles was England’s Josh Files, who also became the TCR Middle East champion in its inaugural season. James Nash, another English TCR driver, competed in the International Series in 2016 and 2017, finishing as runner-up to Stefano Comini in the 2016 season, while former World Touring Car champion Rob Huff and three-time BTCC champion Gordon Shedden both drove for the Leopard Racing WRT team in the TCR International Series in 2017.

Along with the UK series, a number of other new TCR championships have been announced for 2018, including TCR classes in both the IMSA Continental Tire and Pirelli World Challenge series in the USA and the TCR Korea series. It’s expected that more new championships will be announced in the coming weeks and months.

TCR has only been in existence for just over three years, yet is proving to be one of the most exciting and fastest-growing motor racing success stories in decades. The UK’s love for motor racing – and Touring Car racing in particular – suggests that TCR UK is set to be the newest part of that success story…

Technical:
ENGINE = Production-based max 2.0L Turbocharged
OUTPUT= 350 bhp (approx.)
MAX TORQUE = 420Nm
GEARBOX = 6-speed sequential with paddle shift
MODEL = C-Segment, hatchback or saloon
WEIGHT = The target minimum racing weight with driver is 1265 Kg

Support Races:
Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship
BRSCC Mazda MX-5 Supercup
Milltek Sport VW Group Racing Cup (selected meetings)

Tyres
Yokohama control tyres for both dry and wet conditions.
12 new for first round
6 new all other rounds
Unlimited used tyres
Unlimited Wet tyres

Key Facts

  • Driver’s must have minimum of an International C licence
  • Follow TCR main Technical Regulations as used worldwide

Cars used within the UK can be used to race all over the world.

Provisional 2018 Calendar

Media Day March 6th Silverstone
Rounds 1 & 2 March 31st/ April 1st Silverstone National
Rounds 3 & 4 May 12th/13th Knockhill
Rounds 5 & 6 June 2nd/3rd Brands Hatch
Rounds 7 & 8 July 14th/15th Castle Combe
Rounds 9 & 10 August 4th Oulton Park
Rounds 11 & 12 September 8th/9th Croft
Rounds 13 & 14 October 13th/14th Donington Park National

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