World Touring Car Cup

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World Touring Car Cup
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Category Touring cars
CountryInternational
Inaugural season 2018
Constructors
Tyre suppliers Yokohama
Official website fiawtcr.com
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The FIA World Touring Car Cup (Known as the FIA WTCR presented by Oscaro for sponsorship reasons [1] ) is an international touring car championship promoted by Eurosport Events and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). It has had different incarnation of a World Touring Car Cup held between 1993 and 1995. Following the 2017 season, an agreement was reached for the World Touring Car Championship to become WTCR and use the TCR technical regulations. With titles for drivers and teams only, the WTCR series changed to 'World Cup' rather than 'World Championship' status in 2018. [2]

Oscaro Online distributor of car parts and accessories

Oscaro is a French e-commerce company founded in 2003. The company specialises in the sale of new and genuine automotive parts from manufacturers and wholesalers. The company is headquartered in Paris and Gennevilliers and operates in France, Spain, Belgium and the US.

Touring car racing is a motorsport road racing competition with heavily modified road-going cars. It is popular in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Britain, Germany, Sweden and Norway. It has both similarities to and significant differences from stock car racing which is popular in the United States.

Fédération Internationale de lAutomobile international sport governing body

The Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile is an association established on 20 June 1904 to represent the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. To the general public, the FIA is mostly known as the governing body for many auto racing events. The FIA also promotes road safety around the world.

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History

World Touring Car Cup (1993–1995)

In 1993, with the high popularity of the Supertouring category, the FIA hosted the FIA World Touring Car Cup — an annual event for touring car drivers hailing from national championships all over the world. The 1993 race at Monza was won by New Zealand's Paul Radisich, at the wheel of a Ford Mondeo ahead of Nicola Larini's Alfa Romeo 155, with no manufacturer title awarded. The race was run for two more years, (won by Paul Radisich again in 1994 at Donington Park in a Ford Mondeo, manufacturer title went to BMW, and Frank Biela in 1995 at Paul Ricard in an Audi A4 Quattro, and manufacturer title went to Audi). A similar event was planned for 1996 at the A1 Ring, Austria, but was cancelled due to a low number of provisional entries (10 cars). It was never brought back thereafter.

The 1993 FIA Touring Car Challenge was the first running of the FIA Touring Car World Cup. It was held on 17 October 1993 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy. Paul Radisich won the event after winning both races, while Italy was the winning nation.

Autodromo Nazionale Monza motorsport venue in Italy

The Autodromo Nazionale Monza is a historic race track located near the city of Monza, north of Milan, in Italy. Built in 1922, it is the world's third purpose-built motor racing circuit after those of Brooklands and Indianapolis. The circuit's biggest event is the Formula One Italian Grand Prix. With the exception of 1980, the race has been hosted there since the series's inception.

Paul Radisich is a retired New Zealand racing driver and businessman of Croat origin. He has competed in saloon cars for many years — both European-style tourers and the V8 Supercars of Australia and New Zealand.

World Touring Car Championship (2005–2017)

World Touring Car Cup (2018–present)

On 6 December 2017, during the FIA's World Motorsport Council in Paris, it was approved the formation of the new World Touring Car Cup starting from 2018. The new series would utilize the TCR rules, which have been in use in numerous national and international touring car racing series, including TCR International Series. Cars would now have to conform to the new FIA WTCR regulations. As a result of the formation of the WTC Cup both the WTCC in its current format and the TCR International Series would be discontinued immediately. [3]

TCR International Series

The TCR International Series was an international touring car championship. The championship was promoted by World Sporting Consulting (WSC), founded by former World Touring Car Championship manager Marcello Lotti. It was marketed as a cost-effective spin-off of the WTCC, targeted at C-segment hatchbacks production-based touring cars. The title TCR follows the naming convention now used by the FIA to classify the cars that compete in touring car racing, with TC1 referring to the top tier as used by the FIA WTCC and TC2 referring to the legacy cars which principally compete in the FIA ETCC.

Scoring system

Current scoring system

Currently, FIA WTCR races are awarded the following points:

Position [4]  1st  2nd  3rd  4th  5th  6th  7th  8th  9th  10th 
Race 1 [4] 2720171412108642
Second Qualifying [4] 54321
Race 2 [4] 251815121086421
Race 3 [4] 3023191613107421

Champions

World Touring Car Cup
Drivers' ChampionsEntrants' ChampionsNations Champions
YearDriverTeamCarManufacturerCarNation
1993 Flag of New Zealand.svg Paul Radisich Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ford Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Not HeldFlag of Italy.svg  Italy
1994 Flag of New Zealand.svg Paul Radisich Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ford Team Mondeo Ford Mondeo Flag of Germany.svg BMW BMW 318i Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1995 Flag of Germany.svg Frank Biela Flag of France.svg Racing Organisation Course Audi A4 Quattro Flag of Germany.svg Audi Audi A4 Quattro Not Held
World Touring Car Cup
Drivers' ChampionsTeam's ChampionsNations Champions
YearDriverTeamCarTeamCarNation
2018 Flag of Italy.svg Gabriele Tarquini Flag of Italy.svg BRC Racing Team Hyundai i30 N TCR Flag of France.svg M Racing-YMR Hyundai i30 N TCR Not Held

Event winners

World Touring Car Cup (1993–1995)

World Touring Car Cup (2018–present)

See also

World Touring Car Championship auto racing championship held worldwide

The FIA World Touring Car Championship was an international touring car championship promoted by Eurosport Events and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). It has had several different incarnations, including a single season in 1987 as the World Touring Car Championship and most recently a world championship (WTCC) that has run between 2005 and 2017. Following the 2017 season, an agreement was reached for the FIA WTCC to become FIA WTCR and use the TCR technical regulations.

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Gabriele Tarquini Italian racecar driver

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The European Touring Car Championship was an international touring car racing series organised by the FIA. It had two incarnations, the first one between 1963 and 1988, and the second between 2000 and 2004. In 2005 it was superseded by the World Touring Car Championship, and replaced by the European Touring Car Cup between 2005 and 2017 when became also defunct.

The 1996 Auto Trader RAC British Touring Car Championship season marked the arrival of Audi to the sport with their four wheel drive A4s. The title was won by Frank Biela, with Swiss driver Alain Menu again finishing in second place and Swede Rickard Rydell in third.

European Touring Car Cup auto racing championship in Europe

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Automotodróm Slovakia Ring

Automotodróm Slovakia Ring is a motor racing circuit in Orechová Potôň, Dunajská Streda District in Slovakia, approximately 30 km away from Bratislava Airport. It was built between 2008 and 2009. Sam Bird set the current track record on 5 September 2012, during a testing session. He completed a lap in 1:41.600 in his Dallara T12 of Formula Renault 3.5 Series (2012) prepared by ISR Racing.

Hugo Valente is a French former auto racing driver. He raced in the World Touring Car Championship for SUNRED Engineering, Campos Racing and the Lada factory team having made his debut in the series at the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of China. For 2017, he made the switch to the TCR International Series, where part way through the season he announced his retirement from motorsport.

2014 World Touring Car Championship

The 2014 FIA World Touring Car Championship was a motor racing competition organised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) for Super 2000 Cars. It was the eleventh FIA World Touring Car Championship, and the tenth since the series was revived in 2005.

Aurélien Panis is a professional French racing driver. He is best known for being the son of the former Formula 1 driver, Olivier Panis. From 2017 he is one of the two drivers of Zengő Motorsport - the first non-Hungarian the team has fielded in the WTCC.

Maťo Homola is a Slovak racing driver. He is currently driving in FIA WTCR. After having successfully finished on 5th position in 2016 in TCR International Series with B3 Racing Team Hungary, Mato Homola has switched to DG Sport Competition and Opel Astra OPC TCR. Before TCR, Mato Homola had raced successive seasons in the European Touring Car Cup for Homola Motorsport. He was the runner-up in the championship in both 2013 and 2014 in the S2000 class. In 2015 he made the switch to the Single-makes Trophy where every driver competes with a SEAT León Cup Racer. In 2015 he also made a one-off appearance at the Slovakian round in the WTCC with Campos Racing.

Cyan Racing

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The 2016 World Touring Car Championship is the thirteenth season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship, and the twelfth since the series was revived in 2005.

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The FIA World Touring Car Cup was an international touring car championship promoted by Eurosport Events and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for touring cars.

TCR Touring Car

A TCR Touring Car is a touring car specification, first introduced in 2014 and is now employed by a multitude of series worldwide. All TCR cars are based on 4 or 5 door production vehicles, and are powered by 2.0 litre turbocharged engines. While the bodyshell and suspension layout of the production vehicle is retained in a TCR car, and many models use a production gearbox, certain accommodations are made for the stresses of the racetrack including upgraded brakes and aerodynamics. Competition vehicles are subject to Balance of Performance adjustments to ensure close racing between different vehicles.

The FIA World Touring Car Cup is an international touring car championship promoted by Eurosport Events and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for touring cars. This will be the second season under the "World Cup" banner and 15th overall of the series which dates back to the 2005 World Touring Car Championship.

References

  1. https://www.fiawtcr.com/its-go-for-oscaro-as-series-presenting-partner-of-wtcr-fia-world-touring-car-cup/
  2. https://www.autosport.com/wtcc/news/133642/wtcr-keeps-wtcc-showpieces-on-2018-calendar
  3. "World Touring Car Cup made official as WTCC, TCR combine in two-year deal - TouringCarTimes". TouringCarTimes. 2017-12-06. Retrieved 2017-12-06.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "WTCR rules in short". fiawtcr.com. Retrieved 10 April 2018.