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World Touring Car Championship close to deal for TCR-based 2018 - autosport.com

A deal to allow the World Touring Car Championship to use the TCR International Series' regulations from 2018 is nearing completion.

Talks have progressed in recent months between respective WTCC and TCR promoters Eurosport Events and WSC Limited as well as the FIA.

The WTCC has been exploring the opportunity to employ an alternative set of technical regulations to its current TC1 concept since the end of the 2016 season.

It lost manufacturers Citroen and Lada at the end of that year, although cars from both marques have remained on the grid this season.

A field of 15 cars contested the opening round of the season in Marrakech, but two additional privateer Lada Vestas have been run for the majority of the season and 18 cars are competing in this weekend's Macau Guia race.

The financial burden of the TC1 regulations has nevertheless proved difficult for privateer teams to bear.

A...


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Polestar celebrates WTCC title double with limited edition road cars - Eurosport.com AU

Polestar is celebrating its FIA World Touring Car Championship title double with the launch of two commemorative edition road cars: the Volvo S60 and Volvo V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Edition.

It follows Thed Björk’s capture of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Drivers and Polestar Cyan Racing’s capture of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers at WTCC Race of Qatar last Friday.

Christian Samson, the man responsible for product and development at Polestar, explained: “The engineers from Polestar and Cyan Racing have worked collaboratively on engineering developments for existing Polestar road cars for many years. It’s therefore fitting that we celebrate the remarkable achievement of securing our maiden world championship by adding more performance to the cars that have been instrumental this season.

“With the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar...


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Audi RS3 and RS3 TCR Race Car: The Road & Track Test - RoadandTrack.com

Lime Rock is an improbable gem, a charming 1.5-mile circuit built on a converted cornfield in bucolic northwest Connecticut. There are seven turns, strict noise regulations, no grandstands. Touring and GT cars have banged doors here for six decades. The history is so thick, you have to brush it away from your face.

(This test originally appeared in the November, 2017 issue of Road & Track - Ed.)

We’ve come to test a pair of intriguing new Audi sedans. Waiting for the New England mist to lift are editor-in-chief Kim Wolfkill; Stephan Reil, head of technical development at Audi Sport; and Brad Kettler, in charge of the division’s U.S. customer-racing program. Also, the wicked-fast Audis.

Rolling off a trailer in the parking lot is a spotless RS3 LMS, Audi’s new factory-built entrant for the fledgling TCR International Series (TCR). The touring-car series allows privateers to campaign...


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World Touring Car to become a 'World Cup' for 2018 - Racer

WTCC to become a 'World Cup' for 2018

2017-12-07 00:34:57

https://www.racer.com/international/item/146155-world-touring-car-to-become-a-world-cup-for-2018

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017

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The FIA is set to rebrand its World Touring Car Championship as the "World Touring Car Cup," with ratification by the international motorsport governing body's World Motor Sport Council of the decision to adopt the regulations of the TCR International Series for 2018-19.

The move, which follows a cooperative agreement between the organizers of the respective series, will see the new FIA World Touring Car Cup be promoted by Eurosport Events Limited. The Cup will run to FIA TCR Regulations for 2018-19 which will remain frozen for this period. Only TCR cars with an FIA World Cup passport delivered by the FIA will be eligible to compete.

The Cup will replace the TCR International Series and...


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WTCC change to TCR regulations approved by FIA - Speedcafe - Speedcafe

The World Touring Car Championship will take on TCR regulations next year

The World Touring Car Championship will become the World Touring Car Cup next year as part of a switch to TCR regulations.

TCR regulations will be licenced out in a deal between the FIA, WTCC promoter Eurosport Events, and TCR promoter World Sporting Consulting.

The agreement covers the final two years of WTCC’s second three-year TC1 rules cycle, until 2019.

The WTCC will move from FIA world championship status to a world cup, adopting the ‘WTCR’ acronym.

Factory entries will not be permitted, but manufacturers will be allowed to offer teams technical support.

The TCR International Series will also be discontinued, as will the WTCC-supporting European Touring Car Cup which had run to TCR regulations.

A final proposal was voted for unanimously by the touring car commission in Paris last month.

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Italians make a comeback - Business Day

Although the 2017 Formula One (F1) season concluded in Abu Dhabi two weekends ago, news has emerged that one of the famous Italian automotive brands, Alfa Romeo, will be returning to the sport in 2018 following a more than 30-year hiatus from racing.

This will be part of a multiyear agreement with the Sauber F1 Team, where the Italian marque’s livery will be seen on the 2018 Sauber F1 Team cars. These will be powered by Ferrari engines come 2018 and it will be interesting to see how this collaboration pans out

"This agreement with the Sauber F1 Team is a significant step in the reshaping of the Alfa Romeo brand, which will return to Formula 1 after an absence of more than 30 years. The brand itself will also benefit from the sharing of technology and strategic know-how with a partner of the Sauber F1 Team’s undisputed experience. The Alfa Romeo engineers and technicians, who have...


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NASCAR's last Golden Era hero passes away at 92 - CarsGuide

​Walter Maynard “Bud” Moore passed away overnight at the age of 92. Bud Moore’s name might not be a household name in Australia, but the amazing exploits of this World War 2 veteran, and race car owner and crew chief, are legendary, and well worth celebrating.

As a 19 year-old Moore participated in the D-Day landings, winning two Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts for his actions, including capturing 15 German soldiers and four officers at the Battle of the Bulge. In peace time he jumped straight into the newly formed NASCAR series as a car owner, mechanic and crew chief, taking his first series win with Buck Baker in 1957. He found his straps with the late, great Joe Weatherly in 1961, winning eight races. They took the series title in ‘62 and ‘63 with 12 race wins, before Weatherly’s fatal crash at Riverside, California, in early 1964.

He continued to field NASCAR teams until...


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WTCC becomes WTCR from 2018: new rules, more cars, more races - Eurosport.com AU

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will be replaced from 2018 with new technical regulations, a new format and a new name following a vote of approval by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris yesterday (6 December).

*TCR technical regulations adopted, frozen for two years
*FIA World Cup titles for drivers and teams
, no manufacturers’ title
*Promoted by Eurosport Events, regulated by the FIA
*Three races per weekend over 10 events in four continents

From next season, the FIA World Touring Car Championship will be renamed the FIA World Touring Car Cup and abbreviated to WTCR. It will run to the TCR technical regulations under a two-year licensing agreement between the FIA, WTCR promoter Eurosport Events Limited (EEL) and WSC, owner of the TCR concept and trademark.

As part of the agreement, the TCR International Series will be discontinued while the FIA European Touring Car Cup...


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NASCAR's last Golden Era hero passes away at 92 - CarsGuide

​Walter Maynard “Bud” Moore passed away overnight at the age of 92. Bud Moore’s name might not be a household name in Australia, but the amazing exploits of this World War 2 veteran, and race car owner and crew chief, are legendary, and well worth celebrating.

As a 19 year-old Moore participated in the D-Day landings, winning two Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts for his actions, including capturing 15 German soldiers and four officers at the Battle of the Bulge. In peace time he jumped straight into the newly formed NASCAR series as a car owner, mechanic and crew chief, taking his first series win with Buck Baker in 1957. He found his straps with the late, great Joe Weatherly in 1961, winning eight races. They took the series title in ‘62 and ‘63 with 12 race wins, before Weatherly’s fatal crash at Riverside, California, in early 1964.

He continued to field NASCAR teams until...


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Read more: NASCAR's last Golden Era hero passes away at 92 - CarsGuide

NASCAR's last Golden Era hero passes away at 92 - CarsGuide

​Walter Maynard “Bud” Moore passed away overnight at the age of 92. Bud Moore’s name might not be a household name in Australia, but the amazing exploits of this World War 2 veteran, and race car owner and crew chief, are legendary, and well worth celebrating.

As a 19 year-old Moore participated in the D-Day landings, winning two Bronze Stars and five Purple Hearts for his actions, including capturing 15 German soldiers and four officers at the Battle of the Bulge. In peace time he jumped straight into the newly formed NASCAR series as a car owner, mechanic and crew chief, taking his first series win with Buck Baker in 1957. He found his straps with the late, great Joe Weatherly in 1961, winning eight races. They took the series title in ‘62 and ‘63 with 12 race wins, before Weatherly’s fatal crash at Riverside, California, in early 1964.

He continued to field NASCAR teams until...


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Read more: NASCAR's last Golden Era hero passes away at 92 - CarsGuide

World Touring Car Championship close to deal for TCR-based 2018 - autosport.com

A deal to allow the World Touring Car Championship to use the TCR International Series' regulations from 2018 is nearing completion.

Talks have progressed in recent months between respective WTCC and TCR promoters Eurosport Events and WSC Limited as well as the FIA.

The WTCC has been exploring the opportunity to employ an alternative set of technical regulations to its current TC1 concept since the end of the 2016 season.

It lost manufacturers Citroen and Lada at the end of that year, although cars from both marques have remained on the grid this season.

A field of 15 cars contested the opening round of the season in Marrakech, but two additional privateer Lada Vestas have been run for the majority of the season and 18 cars are competing in this weekend's Macau Guia race.

The financial burden of the TC1 regulations has nevertheless proved difficult for privateer teams to bear.

A...


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Adopting TCR rules for 2018 WTCC's only hope - Rob Huff - autosport.com

Adopting TCR regulations for 2018 is "the only" way for the World Touring Car Championship to ensure its survival, says '12 world champion Rob Huff.

The WTCC was last week reported to be close to securing a deal to be allowed to use TCR regulations from 2018, in place of its current TC1 framework.

Friday's assembly of the touring car commission ahead of next month's World Motor Sport Council meeting is expected to resolve the final details of an agreement between TCR's parent company WSC and WTCC promoter Eurosport Events.

"It's the only thing for the World Touring Car Championship," Huff told Autosport.

"Motorsport at a works and privateer level is a business. The economic climate within motorsport is not good.

"What I think has saved it, where touring cars are concerned, is TCR. It's affordable and it's a good platform.

"We can run three TCR cars for what it's cost to run the...


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Björk Is World Champion - Jalopnik

All photos credit Polestar Cyan Racing

Swedish racing driver Thed Björk—who is probably not related to that great Icelandic paragon of musical weirdness Björk Guðmundsdóttir, but whatever—is your new World Touring Car Champion. Yes, there is a racing driver who shares a name with our muse—and he’s a winner.

Björk is the first Swede to ever win a WTCC title. He finished fifth in the season finale at Losail International Circuit, but that was enough to clinch the championship with 28.5 points more than the next competitor, Norbert Michelisz. Björk’s Polestar Cyan Racing team also clinched the manufacturers’ WTCC title there.

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Polestar Cyan Racing also is near and dear to Jalopnik’s heart by racing kick-ass Volvo S60 touring cars. More Swedish luxury race cars, please.

My only hope is that the musical Björk also notices this somehow, because why not? Björk (err,...


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Rob Huff: 'Things are looking good for world championship racing in 2018' - TouringCars.Net

Rob HuffPhoto: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Rob Huff says that ‘things are looking good’ for him to remain in the touring car world championship in 2018, even though the exact format of the championship has yet to be revealed.

Huff combined racing in the World Touring Car Championship with outings in the TCR International Series, China Touring Car Championship and the British Touring Car Championship in 2017.

The Brit is already expecting to be doing some of those championship again in 2018 – even though it is not yet clear what format the WTCC will take, with it being widely reported that a deal has been struck to take on TCR specification cars next year.

“I’m already working on programmes for next year,” said Huff. “The first historic Classic Le Mans, and the Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting in Paul Newman’s 89 Spice.

“Things are looking good for me to be racing in the world championship...


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WTCC set for name change in deal to adopt TCR regulations from 2018 - autosport.com

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Polestar celebrates WTCC title double with limited edition road cars - Eurosport.com AU

Polestar is celebrating its FIA World Touring Car Championship title double with the launch of two commemorative edition road cars: the Volvo S60 and Volvo V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Edition.

It follows Thed Björk’s capture of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Drivers and Polestar Cyan Racing’s capture of the FIA World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers at WTCC Race of Qatar last Friday.

Christian Samson, the man responsible for product and development at Polestar, explained: “The engineers from Polestar and Cyan Racing have worked collaboratively on engineering developments for existing Polestar road cars for many years. It’s therefore fitting that we celebrate the remarkable achievement of securing our maiden world championship by adding more performance to the cars that have been instrumental this season.

“With the Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar...


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Rob Huff mulls over plans for next season after signing off on a high in Qatar - Cambridge Independent

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 December 2017

Rob Huff in action in Qatar. Picture: Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

Rob Huff in action in Qatar. Picture: Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI

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Rob Huff, centre, on the podium in Qatar. Picture: Francois Flamand / DPPIRob Huff, centre, on the podium in Qatar. Picture: Francois Flamand / DPPI

Rob Huff will weigh up the options for 2018 after completing his World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) season with a podium place in the season decider in Qatar.

Carrying extra weight after the win in Macau in the previous round, Cambridge driver Huff qualified in third.

He finished seventh in the opening race, but in the main race was second, and first in the independent’s class. And that result saw Huff take second in the overall independents’ championship.

Huff is now looking to 2018, with the WTCC soon to announce its new format and...


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Volvo Celebrates Racing Success With S60, V60 Champion Editions - Motor1.com

Volvo took home the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship behind the wheel of an S60 TC1 race car. In celebration, the Swedish marque has dished out a handful of special edition S60 and V60 vehicles with a few motorsport-inspired features to boot. 

The Volvo S60 and V60 Polestar Performance World Champion Edition package is available on all D4, D5, T5, and T6 models. Visual enhancements include 19-inch bespoke Polestar light alloy wheels wrapped in performance-focused tires, a sculpted diffuser, and a new rear spoiler. In the cabin, a lone Polestar gear lever can be noted.

The special edition isn’t all show and no go, though. A free-flow stainless-steel exhaust system, a sports air filter, as well as updated suspension dampers and springs have been added to the pacakge. Thanks to Polestar power optimization, horsepower is up by 10 (7 kilowatts), and torque is improved by 36...


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Audi RS3 and RS3 TCR Race Car: The Road & Track Test - RoadandTrack.com

Lime Rock is an improbable gem, a charming 1.5-mile circuit built on a converted cornfield in bucolic northwest Connecticut. There are seven turns, strict noise regulations, no grandstands. Touring and GT cars have banged doors here for six decades. The history is so thick, you have to brush it away from your face.

(This test originally appeared in the November, 2017 issue of Road & Track - Ed.)

We’ve come to test a pair of intriguing new Audi sedans. Waiting for the New England mist to lift are editor-in-chief Kim Wolfkill; Stephan Reil, head of technical development at Audi Sport; and Brad Kettler, in charge of the division’s U.S. customer-racing program. Also, the wicked-fast Audis.

Rolling off a trailer in the parking lot is a spotless RS3 LMS, Audi’s new factory-built entrant for the fledgling TCR International Series (TCR). The touring-car series allows privateers to campaign...


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Read more: Audi RS3 and RS3 TCR Race Car: The Road & Track Test - RoadandTrack.com

Björk Is World Champion - Jalopnik

All photos credit Polestar Cyan Racing

Swedish racing driver Thed Björk—who is probably not related to that great Icelandic paragon of musical weirdness Björk Guðmundsdóttir, but whatever—is your new World Touring Car Champion. Yes, there is a racing driver who shares a name with our muse—and he’s a winner.

Björk is the first Swede to ever win a WTCC title. He finished fifth in the season finale at Losail International Circuit, but that was enough to clinch the championship with 28.5 points more than the next competitor, Norbert Michelisz. Björk’s Polestar Cyan Racing team also clinched the manufacturers’ WTCC title there.

Advertisement

Polestar Cyan Racing also is near and dear to Jalopnik’s heart by racing kick-ass Volvo S60 touring cars. More Swedish luxury race cars, please.

My only hope is that the musical Björk also notices this somehow, because why not? Björk (err, Thed...


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