The BRC Racing Team has confirmed its entry in the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Cup in 2018. The team will field a pair of Hyundai i30 N TCRs for 2009 FIA WTCC title-winner Gabriele Tarquini and last year’s runner-up Norbert Michelisz.
The Italian outfit fielded Hyundia’s TCR-spec cars for Tarquini and Alain Menu in the final two rounds of the TCR International Series last year, having worked closely with Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing to develop the all-new car.
With manufacturer entries banned from the FIA WTCR to avoid an ‘arms race’, BRC Racing will run its cars on an independent basis.
Tarquini, who will be 56 by the time of the series’ opening round in Marrakech, comes armed with plenty of experience in the car.
“I’m very pleased to be driving with BRC Racing Team in the World Touring Car Cup this season,” the Italian, whose touring car record is almost unparalleled, said.
“After leading the testing for the i30 N TCR throughout last year I know the car very well. This season will be a fantastic opportunity to put the experience both I, and the team, have to compete at the very front of the new championship. Personally, I’m looking forward to a full season of racing once again, competing it what I am sure will be a very tough and competitive championship.”
Tarquini will be joined by Michelisz, who finished runner-up in last year’s FIA WTCC standings and claimed three race wins for the factory Honda squad.
“I’m really excited for the season to begin,” the Hungarian added.
“I have the same feeling as I did at the start of my career. I’m working with a new team, a new car and in a new championship. It’s a new challenge, which is great motivation for me. I’m looking forward to working with Gabriele again, and learning from his experience testing before the first races. Last year it was clear the i30 N TCR and BRC Racing Team were the package to beat, so I’m certain we can challenge for wins and the title this season.”
Images via TCR International Series