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WELCOME TO WTCR 2020
Welcome to the 2020 WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup, the all-action motorsport series from Eurosport Events in partnership with governing body the FIA and WSC, the company behind the TCR concept, trademark and technical regulations.

Due to be droadcast live around the world and backed up by an expert social media and promotional campaign, WTCR races take place at spectacular tracks with bumper-to-bumper drama guaranteed.

Ace drivers range from category experts to ex-Formula One racers, and young hopefuls to experienced campaigners, who battle hard on every lap.

They compete in TCR cars via a licensing agreement with WSC. TCR cars are race-ready versions of road cars from Audi, CUPRA, Honda, Hyundai and Lynk & Co, which use turbocharged engines with a power cap of 360bhp and a maximum speed of 260kph. Goodyear is the exclusive tyre supplier.

WTCR weekends include practice sessions, a three-phase qualifying shootout for the DHL Pole Position and sprint-style races with one grid using a partially-reversed format to further spice up the excitement.

Points are awarded to the fastest five drivers in qualifying and the top 15 finishers in each race. There are prestigious FIA world titles for the winning driver and team, while the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy and TAG Heuer Most Valuable Driver are up for grabs at each event.

NEW RULES FOR 2020
The FIA Sporting Regulations for the 2020 season have undergone a few adjustments as follows:

Reduced costs, increased accessibility
Following on from restrictions to staff numbers introduced for the 2019 season, further reductions are in place for 2020. Two-car teams will be restricted to 12 personnel and three-car teams limited to 18 personnel. However, only 10 personnel per team will be assigned the armbands that permit them to work on a car.

There will be a tweak to the tyre regulations as well with 18 new Goodyear tyres allowed per car for the first event and 12 new tyres allowed thereafter. This falls from an allowance of 22 and 18 respectively. Both steps are designed to reduce costs and make WTCR racing more affordable for even more teams.

Compensation weight calculations based on qualifying lap times only
Once the 2020 season is underway, race lap times will no longer be considered for the compensation weight calculations, meaning only qualifying lap times will count. Furthermore, the calculations will be made without the effect of the ballast being taken into consideration. Instead, a correction to the lap times will be applied, according to the ballast carried in the previous events.

The changes to the Sporting Regulations have been made to discourage teams – in tandem with customer racing brand engineers – from instructing drivers to effectively set slower race lap times to help limit the amount of additional weight added to their cars for the subsequent race weekend. The intended result is better racing as drivers will push on each lap to try to gain position, rather than driving with a compensation weight strategy in mind. The compensation weight calculations will be more accurate, fluctuate less and be close to the actual performance of each car in reality.

Rookie classification to showcase new talent
Drivers 23 and under on 1 January 2020 who have participated in no more than three WTCR events will be included in the new rookie classification, which has been introduced to recognise the achievements of young racers in WTCR.

Race-by-race entries
Drivers contesting rounds of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup on a race-by-race basis will benefit from two regulation changes for 2020.

*The entry for wildcard racers per event drops from €10,000 to €5,000
*The mandatory compensation weight carried falls from 20 kilograms to 10 kilograms

Click here for more information on competing on a race-by-race basis.

Documents to download:
2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup sporting regulations