The FIA World Touring Car Championship and rival TCR International Series have officially merged and will be renamed the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR).
Motorsport’s world governing body announced that a two-year deal had been reached for the two series’ to join forces following sign-off between the FIA and both championship’s respective organising bodies.
WTCC promoter Eurosport Events will take on the role as the WTCR’s new promoter, while TCR promoter WSC Ltd brings its technical regulations, which have been frozen for the next two years.
As previously speculated, the series will only permit entries of cars homologated by WSC and issued a FIA WTCR passport. The FIA and TCR technical departments will manage the Balance of Performance system to be used.
The series will run for privateer entries only. Two FIA World Cup titles will be awarded for drivers and teams.
A maximum of 26 full-time entries will be accepted with each team required to field a minimum of two cars; priority will be given to existing WTCC and TCR International Series outfits. An additional two wildcard entries will be permitted at each championship round – potentially compiling runners from local TCR championships – at the discretion of the FIA and Eurosport Events.
The 2018 WTCR calendar is yet to be finalised, however it can be revealed that each event will have three races. The first day of the event will feature two 30-minute practice sessions, followed by a 30-minute qualifying session and Race 1. The second day will feature a three-part Q1/Q2/Q3 qualifying format used by the WTCC, followed by Race 2 and Race 3. The fastest ten qualifiers’ grid positions will be reversed for Race 2.
Different championship points will be on offer to the top ten finishers per race according to the following scale:
- Race 1: 27-20-17-14-12-10-8-6-4-2
- Race 2: 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1
- Race 3: 30-23-19-16-13-10-7-4-2-1
“We are very proud of this agreement that fully respects the very spirit of TCR,” WSC CEO Marcello Lotti said.
“The association with such an experienced promoter as Eurosport Events together with the FIA label on the WTCR represent the ultimate recognition for the TCR concept that we launched three years ago and hasn’t stopped growing since.”
“The combination of the TCR technical regulations, the expertise and neutrality of the FIA and its stringent sporting rules and procedures, plus the promotional strength of Eurosport Events gained since 2005 will deliver a highly competitive grid, exciting racing and a fan-friendly format that can only drive success,” François Ribeiro, head of Eurosport Events, added.
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