The new TCR World Series Tour (WSC) will include Australia for nine stages in 2023, bringing the world’s best touring car drivers to our shores.
The new series is the consolidation of TCR racing worldwide under the WSC group, replacing the previous independently run WTCR series.
Starting in Europe, the series will come to Australia later in the year to compete with TCR Australia drivers.
The ninth race will be followed by the TCR World Finals, where the top 15 World Tour drivers qualify and the next best drivers in the TCR World Rankings will be invited to the four-day “World Finals”. The event can feature up to 60 drivers competing for the ultimate crown in TCR competition (the venue for the World Finals is yet to be confirmed).
Titles in the TCR World Tour and TCR World Finals will be awarded to riders, teams and manufacturers.
TCR Australia has also been selected by the WSC as one of the first regions to implement hybrid technology on its existing power plants, incorporating push to pass technology. The inclusion of the series in the TCR World Tour will see local roll-out and testing begin in Australia in 2023, with full deployment by the 2024 season.
Marcella Lotti, President of the WSC Group, will attend the Supercheap Auto TCR Australia Final in Bathurst on November 11-13. Lottie praised the Australian series for its high quality.
“Australia has consistently been one of the most exciting and professional TCR series and we are delighted to recognize this by bringing the benefit of a global audience and the TCR World Tour to Australia,” Lotti said.
“The TCR World Tour global calendar will be released shortly and Australia will be a key part of that calendar.
“The TCR World Tour will be racing in Australia where manufacturer customers are racing TCR World Tour teams in Australia with TCR Australia teams and series.”
ARG’s Liam Kirkpatrick, its Chief Operating Officer, notes the importance of TCR Australia’s involvement in this massive global event.
“It’s a very big achievement for Australia to be part of the new TCR World Tour series, it’s an important commitment for the WSC and the teams to come here and compete at our venues,” Kirkpatrick said.
“This is a great opportunity for our own drivers to showcase their talent to a global audience and potentially create new opportunities as a result.
“It is also great to see the increase in driver routes that we are now seeing with the resumption of international travel; this included Aaron Cameron competing in the FIA World Games in TCR, Nathan Hearn in the USA competing in Trans AM alongside international riders and now the TCR Tour Series World Series has arrived in Australia.
“In the meantime, we look forward to our very own TCR series finale at Bathurst International on November 11-13.”
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