The new series kicks off in France with 26 cars
The new TCR Europe Series
will kick off in style this weekend at Le Castellet’s Circuit Paul Ricard
with a strong 26-car field representing seven brands of manufacturers.
And also with high quality in terms of drivers who have amassed
altogether no fewer than eleven titles in TCR series.
The promoter Paulo Ferreira commented: “We
are pleased, because the European series puts itself as the perfect
accomplishment of TCR philosophy. In fact, competitors are coming from
eight different series and among them there is also a fair amount of TCR
The line-up is a mix of experienced drivers and up-and-coming
youngsters from fifteen countries. The likes of Jean-Karl Vernay
(reigning International Series champion and WTCR race winner), Stefano
Comini (double champion in the International Series), Josh Files (three
TCR titles between Germany and Middle East), Kris Richard (2016 ETCC
champion) and Dušan Borković (race winner in the International Series and
the ETCC) face the challenge from Attila Tassi (International Series
runner-up), Francisco Mora (twice TCR Portugal champion), Francisco Abreu
(TCR Ibérico champion), Nicola Baldan (TCR Italy champion), Igor
Stefanovski (twice European Hill Climb champion), Julien Briché (winner
of several Peugeot and SEAT cups) and many others.
It is worth to point out the half-dozen teen-agers who have jumped to TCR
coming from karting and minor formulae: Reece Barr (17), Tassi, Márk
Jedlókzky, Danny Kroes, Maxime Potty (all 18) and Cedric Piro (19). On
top of this, 14 out of the 26 drivers have not turned 30 yet.
Looking at the cars, Audi, Cupra, Honda, Hyundai, Peugeot and Volkswagen
have been joined by the Subaru. In fact the Top Run-built WRX STI has
finally completed the homologation process and will be racing in the
capable hands of Comini.
Track time at Le Castellet
Saturday, 5 May - 10:00, Qualifying (Q1 20 min. + Q2 10 min.)
Saturday, 5 May - 14:40, Race 1 (23 min. + 1 lap)
Sunday, 6 May - 15:50, Race 2 (23 min. + 1 lap)
All time local - GMT +2