WSC and CREVENTIC partner for the TCR SPA 500

WSC and CREVENTIC partner for the TCR SPA 500

Welcome to the new endurance race, TCR SPA 500

Yesterday the WSC, the entity behind the TCR concept, and CREVENTIC, the promoter of the 24H Series, announced that they would join forces to organize the endurance race, TCR SPA 500.

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“The first ever endurance race reserved for TCR cars only will take place on 4-6 October 2019 with the aim of reviving the tradition of Touring Car endurance races at the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
The planned distance for the race is 500 laps of the 7 km circuit. The event is a joint operation between WSC that holds the rights to the TCR technical regulations and Dutch agency CREVENTIC that will be acting as the promoter and organizer, adding the race to its vast portfolio of endurance races all over the world.

“The growth of the category has been the success story in international motorsport for the past years,” WSC chairman Marcello Lotti commented. “The idea of an international endurance race, exclusively reserved for TCR cars, is the icing on the cake.”
Speaking on behalf of CREVENTIC, Gerrie Willems said: “We are proud that we can revive the long heritage of Touring Car endurance racing at Spa-Francorchamps.”

Extensive discussions with representatives of the brands that are involved in TCR competition made it clear that there was a need for a flagship, high-profile endurance race to showcase the category and make the connection with the production models the racing cars are stemmed from. Extending the already existing co-operation between WSC and CREVENTIC, an agreement was made to stage such a race. It didn’t take long to choose the iconic Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps as the venue.

The event will be open to TCR cars only, with plenty of opportunities for the manufacturers to exploit it regarding promotions. A categorization with Pro, Semi-Pro and Amateur drivers will be in place, with the plan to have Pro, Pro-Am and perhaps Am-teams competing in separate classifications. The target is a minimum of 40 entries, and the organizers and promoters will be working closely together with the manufacturers. To this end, a working group with manufacturers will be created to work on the best possible customer activation.

The plan is for a brand activation center to be installed inside the paddock, where all manufacturers can display their cars and where visitors can watch the action on huge LED screens. Live TV and live streaming are planned, including live commentary on well-known Radios such as IMSA Radio and Radio Le Mans.

Pre-race activities will include parade laps for selected customers of the manufacturers involved in TCR with their road cars. An attractive package of support races will be put in place as well.

The three days of track action, from Friday 4 October until Sunday 6 October, will be preceded by a parade of race-cars from the circuit to the Malmedy city center, where an autograph session with the drivers will take place.”

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Audi RS3 LMS – a TCR Winner

Audi RS3 LMS – a TCR Winner

Audi RS3 LMS – a TCR Winner

Audi RS3 LMS – a proven winner

We are glad to announce that the Audi RS3 LMS is a proven winner within the TCR-series. Newly released data and statistics from TCR officials inform us that the Audi has scored the most points by a TCR-spec car. Hopefully, this will count even for the 2019 season in the many TCR-series worldwide.

“Six wins in the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup presented by OSCARO in 2018 played a pivotal role in the Audi RS 3 LMS capturing a prestigious accolade.

The German machine has been announced as the TCR Model of the Year for the most points scored by a TCR-spec car in a TCR race based on a coefficient scoring system, which takes into account the number of vehicles at the start and the number of customer racing brands in action per race.

Awarded by WSC, the organization behind the TCR concept, Audi’s success resulted from the RS 3 LMS capturing 43 wins and 7213.50 points in 2018, which put it ahead of the Honda Civic Type R TCR (7055.75 points) and the Cupra TCR (6855.25).

Audi Sports customer racing’s Chris Reinke said: “It’s a great honor for Audi Sport that the RS 3 LMS has won this prestigious worldwide classification. What is of particular significance is that this award respects not only the sporting but also the commercial success. Besides the on-track success, Audi Sport sticks to the true spirit of customer racing and has already built more than 160 TCR cars being fielded by customers around the world.”

Jean-Karl Vernay, Gordon Shedden and Frédéric Vervisch (pictured) all won WTCR / OSCARO races in 2018 driving the Audi RS 3 LMS. Vernay and Shedden were partnered at Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team with Vervisch lining up for Audi Sport Team Comtoyou.

Volkswagen’s Golf GTI TCR scored 6595.25 points with the Hyundai i30 N TCR netting 6595.25. The PEUGEOT 308TCR was next up with 5813.50 points.”

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