Along with TCR Europe unveiling its calendar for 2019 comes the news that TCR UK competitors will be racing together with their TCR Europe counterparts at one of the world’s most iconic racing circuits: Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium.
The news means that TCR UK is one of a number of national TCR series that will join TCR Europe at some stage during 2019. Just as in 2018, several rounds will also count towards the TCR Benelux championship while the new TCR Eastern Europe series will join the grids at three events.
The 2019 TCR UK calendar has already been announced, but details of the two Spa races (rounds 5 and 6) had still to be confirmed. Together with the news that TCR UK will be joining forces with TCR Europe in Belgium comes confirmation that the event will be held over the weekend of June 8thand 9th.
Several TCR UK drivers contested rounds of TCR Europe in 2018, with Ollie Taylor scoring points in both Monza races and Ash Sutton rounding off the season with third place in Race 2 at Barcelona. The Spa event will enable the entire TCR UK grid to compete directly with their European colleagues for the first time and is the perfect demonstration of the TCR ‘pyramid’ system, in which teams and drivers are able to compete in national, regional and international competitions using the same cars.
Paolo Ferreira, the Promoter of TCR Europe, commented: “We were delighted to see that the series’ inaugural season was so successful, attracting some of the best Touring Car drivers and teams from all over Europe. We are confident that it will grow even further in both quantity and quality next year, especially with the addition of visits of competitors from TCR UK, TCR Benelux and TCR Eastern Europe. We will also continue to encourage the TCR national series to run selected events together with TCR Europe.”