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 and trademark.
Broadcast live around the world and backed up by an extensive 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 in their pursuit of glory.
They compete in TCR cars via a licensing agreement with WSC. TCR cars are race-ready versions of road cars from Alfa Romeo, 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, 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 Q1 and Qualifying Q3 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. A Rookie Award and WTCR Trophy for independent racers are new for 2020.
WHERE AND WHEN?
The following scheduled is planned but it subject to local COVID-19 restrictions:
WTCR Race of Belgium (Zolder, 12-13 September), 2 races
WTCR Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife, 24-26 September) 2 races
WTCR Race of Slovakia (Slovakia Ring,10-11 October) 3 races
WTCR Race of Hungary (Hungaroring, 17-18 October) 3 races
WTCR Race of Spain (MotorLand Aragón, 31 October-1 November) 3 races
WTCR Race of Italy (Adria International Raceway, 14-15 November) 3 races
WHO’S ON TRACK?
1 Norbert Michelisz (HUN) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR
7 R T Jack Young (GBR) Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR**
8 R Luca Engstler (DEU) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR
9 Attila Tassi (HUN) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR
11 Thed Björk (SWE) Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR
12 Santiago Urrutia (USA) Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 03 TCR
16 R T Gilles Magnus (BEL) Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS
17 T Nathanaël Berthon (FRA) Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS
18 Tiago Monteiro (PRT) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR
29 Néstor Girolami (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR
30 Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR
31 T Tom Coronel (NED) Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS
55 R T Bence Boldizs (HUN) Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición
68 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR
69 T Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris
86 Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR
88 Nicky Catsburg (NED) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR
96 Mikel Azcona (ESP) Zengő Motor,sport CUPRA Leon Competición
99 T Gábor Kismarty-Lechner (HUN) Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición
100 Yvan Muller (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR
R = Rookie Award contender; T = WTCR Trophy contender
WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020?
*Bence Boldizs, Gábor Kismarty-Lechner, Gilles Magnus, Santiago Urrutia and Jack Young are new
*Nathanaël Berthon is back after a season away, while Luca Engstler prepares to go full time after making two appearances in 2019
*ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport adds two cars under the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport banner
*Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team embarks on its first all-season bid
*Zengő Motorsport returns as a full-season entrant having featured once as a wildcard in 2019
*Vuković Motorsport steps up from TCR Europe with a Renault Mégane-powered effort**
*Yann Ehrlacher joins uncle Yvan Muller in representing Cyan Racing Lynk & Co
*Tiago Monteiro and Attila Tassi will form the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport attack
*Jean-Karl Vernay switches to a Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris
*Nicky Catsburg moves to Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team
*CUPRA’s Leon Competición is all-new for 2020
*The Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition is the WTCR’s new Official Safety Car
*Goodyear is the new official tyre supplier and will provide its Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperSport
*Norbert Michelisz takes over the coveted number 1 following his 2019 title triumph
*Gabriele Tarquini reverts to the number 30 he used to win the 2018 WTCR title
*Tom Coronel goes from 50 to 31 to mark the number of seasons he’s been racing
*Six-event, European-only scheduled In response to the COVID-19 pandemic
*Zolder, Aragón and Adria are all new to WTCR, which has never held races in Belgium, Spain or Italy
WTCR QUALIFYING: HOW IT WORKS?
All events feature a three-phase single qualifying session, apart from WTCR Race of Germany where the long track length (25.378 kilometres) requires a single uninterrupted session of 60 minutes.
As well as a move from two sessions to a single session, the main change for 2020 concerns the formation of the grid for Race 1, which will be decided using the final results of Qualifying Q1, although a more detailed breakdown appears below.
At all events, apart from WTCR Race of Germany, one qualifying session split into three phases (Qualifying Q1, Qualifying Q2 and Qualifying Q3) takes place:
How long? 20 minutes
Who scores what? Fastest 5 score points (5-4-3-2-1)
Who gets to Q2? Top 12
Anything else? Quickest driver claims the DHL Pole Position for Race 1
How long? 10 minutes
Who scores what? No points scored
Who gets to Q3? Top 5
How long? Each driver gets one out lap, one flying lap and one in lap
Who goes first in the shootout? The driver who is P1 in Q2 chooses when they run followed by the driver in P2, P3 etc.
Who scores what? Fastest 5 score points (5-4-3-2-1)
Anything else? Quickest driver claims the DHL Pole Position for Race 3
WTCR GRIDS: HOW ARE THEY FORMED?
For events with 3 races…
Race 1: Final order of Qualifying Q1
Race 2: Positions 1-10 from the combined qualifying times line up in reverse order, positions 11-12 occupied by the cars from Q2 that are not in reverse order. All other cars line up behind from P13 downwards (according to their Q1 time)
Race 3: Top 5 positions occupied by order of Q3, positions 6-12 occupied by cars eliminated during Q2 (according to their Q2 time). Remaining positions occupied by cars eliminated in Q1.
For events with 2 races…
Race 1: Positions 1-10 according to the combined qualifying times line up in reverse order, positions 11-12 occupied by the cars from Q2 that are not in reverse order. All other cars line up behind from P13 downwards (according to their Q1 time)
Race 2: Top 5 positions occupied by order of Q3, positions 6-12 occupied by cars eliminated during Q2 (according to their Q2 time). Remaining positions occupied by cars eliminated in Q1.
WTCR Race of Germany…
WTCR Race of Germany Race 1 grid decided by the final qualifying classification with positions 1-10 lining up in reverse order. Race 2 grid decided by the final qualifying order. The fastest five drivers score points (10-8-6-4-2).