WSC Ltd, the promoters of the TCR Europe Touring Car Series, have announced the confirmed Calendar for the 2019 season, where the series will visit seven countries next year.
As the series moves into its second year as a fully fledged championship, there have been several changes to the calendar as the organisation attempts to further enhance the show of its largest European TCR Series.
The confirmed dates and venues for next year are as follows:
- April 27th – 28th: Hungaroring, Hungary (TCR Benelux Series and TCR Eastern Europe Series)
- May 17th – 19th: Zandvoort, The Netherlands (TCR Benelux Series)
- June 8th – 9th: Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (TCR Benelux Series and TCR UK)
- July 13th – 14th: Red Bull Ring, Austria (TCR Eastern Europe Series)
- August 3rd – 4th: Oschersleben, Germany
- September 21st – 22nd: Barcelona, Spain (TCR Benelux Series)
- October 12th – 13th: Monza, Italy (TCR Benelux Series and TCR Eastern Europe Series)
The change in calendar confirms that Paul Ricard in France, which was the 2018 season opener and Assen, the second Dutch round this year, has been dropped for 2019.
The year will begin at the Hungaroring where the series will race on the same weekend as the TCR Benelux Series and the new TCR Eastern Europe Series. TCR Europe then moves on to Zandvoort in The Netherlands for the Super Racing Weekend, where once again it will share the circuit with TCR Benelux as it did last year.
Moving on to the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in June, TCR Europe and TCR Benelux will also be joined by TCR UK for the weekend, where both series will race on the seven kilometre circuit together. This confirms the June weekend dates for TCR UK which were still “TBC” at the release of their calendar earlier this year.
In July, TCR Europe and TCR Eastern Europe Series makes its debut at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Whilst its the first time that the series will have raced there, the Austrian circuit has been a regular fixture on the ADAC TCR Germany Calendar for the past three seasons and will return on the German calendar for next year also.
August will see the series then move to its second new venue of the year as Oschersleben in Germany plays host to rounds nine and ten. The German circuit was host to the TCR International Series in both 2016 and 2017 and produced some exciting racing, with more expected for next year for TCR Europe.
Finally, the end of the season sees both Barcelona and Monza swap places. This year Barcelona was host to the Finale which saw an entry of thirty-two cars compete over the weekend where Mikel Azcona was crowned Champion.
Next season Barcelona will now be the penultimate round before Monza and the Temple of Speed host the final two races of the year as well as the finales for both TCR Benelux Series and TCR Eastern Europe Series, where both the Drivers Championship and Teams Championship will be settled.
The Series has also revised its Points system for next year where each race winner will be awarded 40 points and then points scored in the following fashion, all the way down to fifteenth place: 35, 30, 27, 24,21, 18, 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3, 1.
With the success of the first season already evident where upwards of twenty four cars were run by some of the top teams in Touring Car competition at each race weekend, the series looks forward to a second year of large grids and close racing as the highest European tier of the TCR Family.