The FIA World Motor Sport Council has ratified the race weekend format for the inaugural season of the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

The WTCR, the merger of the TCR International Series and the FIA World Touring Car Championship announced in December, had proposed a new three-race format per round with two qualifying sessions, which has now been rubber-stamped by the governing body of motorsport.

A two-day race weekend format will continue, with two practice sessions on Saturday preceding a single 30-minute qualifying session (extended by a further 10 minutes at street circuit rounds) that will determine the grid order for the opening race on Saturday.

Sunday will see a second three-part knockout qualifying session – mirroring the WTCC format – with a 20-minute Q1 session (30 minutes on street circuits) which will see the fastest 12 drivers move into a 10-minute Q2 session (15 minutes on street circuits). The fastest five drivers will progress to Q3, which will be a one-lap shootout for pole position.

The fastest ten overall qualifiers will have their grid positions reversed for Sunday’s first race, with the second race’s grid reflected by the true qualifying result.

Championship points will be awarded 27-20-17-14-12-10-8-6-4-2 to the top-ten finishers in Race 1, 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 for Race 2 and 30-23-19-16-13-10-7-4-2-1 for Race 3. The fastest five overall qualifiers who make it into Q3 will also be awarded points on a 5-4-3-2-1 scale.

Image via TCR Media

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