25 Nov WSC launches the TCR World Tour as its new global platform
WSC launches the TCR World Tour as its new global platform
October 14, 2022, Buenos Aires (Argentina) – The FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) will have its last two races in its history next month to complete the 2022 season and finish with this competition format. Discovery Sport Events (DSE), together with WSC Group, began to look to the future to develop a new platform that would include all the TCR competitions in the world and at the same time promote a greater sustainability of the concept.
In this way, the WTCR as it still is this season will cease to exist and will have its last champion at the end of November in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia). Both DSE and WSC Group have already started a new path called the TCR World Tour that will promote the international participation of all the drivers who race under the TCR technical regulations.
This new platform is based on the choice of nine of the more than 200 TCR season events around the world to be part of this new competition. The World Tour dates will be distributed in the different TCR competitions of the four continents and will award 50 percent more points compared to the conventional events that will form the TCR World Ranking, another novelty of the concept.
The grand finale will be the TCR Word Final, a four-day event that will bring together the top fifteen pilots in the World Tour overall and the top 45 of the TCR World Ranking. Thus 60 pilots will reach the grand final with elimination series and a champion.
How does the TCR World Ranking work?
As of January 1, 2021, WSC Group started with a calculation that takes into account the race results of each driver, which are weighted by two coefficients; the series in which they participated and their results on track.
These events were divided into five categories: international, regional, national, resistance and speed competitions. The second coefficient considers the number of cars that participate in each race, that is, the competitions that have more cars offer a higher score.
In short, the results of the last twenty races are taken into account; and drivers who have not competed for more than 30 weeks will begin to have their oldest results removed until they return to competition. With only two years of results, the TCR World Ranking has 928 drivers with units and more than 320 scoring races. This table will be updated weekly on Wednesdays at midnight Central European Time.
“With so many championships and so many drivers competing in TCR, it made a lot of sense to launch the TCR World Ranking. It is inspired by other sports, but one that has not been used in motorsport until now,” said WSC Group President Marcello Lotti, continuing: “With more than 1,100 cars built to its technical regulations, TCR is one of the most successful motorsport concepts in history. The TCR World Ranking is a way to highlight the performances of all the drivers in the TCR world.”
The final event of this new format will take place over four days through playoffs, with the 15 drivers from the TCR World Tour and the first 45 drivers from the TCR World Rankings will be added to them. This competition will be organized in cooperation with Discovery Sports Events and will take place about four months after the end of the World Tour.
Among these changes, the FIA ETCR will continue in the same way with a multi-event format and will be a priority for DSE. “Electric cars offer exciting racing. The category is modern and the format was endorsed by the best pilots. The ETCR has to do with genuine racing and sustainability, two important points in the future of the activity”, concluded Ribeiro.
A new international format of the TCR will begin in 2023 and the beginning is marked by the creation of the TCR World Tour and the TCR World Ranking. The details and organization of the nine events plus the final will be announced in the coming months.