The first three events of the 2023 TCR Europe series, all on Formula 1 circuits, will be part of the TCR World Tour’s inaugural season.
The cooperation between the WSC Group and the European series will begin in Portugal at Portimão’s Autódromo do Algarve on April 28/30 where both series will begin, will continue in Belgium at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on May 26/28 and will come to an end at Budapest’s Hungaroring on June 16/18.
TCR Europe’s promoter Paulo Ferreira stated: “We are extremely proud for this opportunity to be part of this new chapter of global Touring Car competition from its very start. The TCR World Tour is going to strengthen TCR racing even more by fostering relationships between the different series around the world. I am sure that TCR Europe and its stakeholders will benefit greatly from this cooperation.”
Marcello Lotti, President of WSC said: “We are very pleased of this agreement with TCR Europe that rewards the long-standing cooperation between WSC and Paulo Ferreira. The choice of including three events of TCR Europe in the 2023 TCR World Tour was advised by both the appeal of the Formula 1 racetracks and the number of TCR cars based in Europe that will encourage the participation of drivers from overseas. In fact, we wish the TCR World Tour to make a significant impact on Touring Car competition at a global level and in this respect the addition of three iconic circuits like Algarve, Spa and Hungaroring to Bathurst that has been previously announced shows that we are going the right way. Interest in the TCR World Tour is huge from the drivers who aim to climb in the TCR World Ranking and qualify for the TCR World Final.”