This weekend sees the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya host the final TCR Europe event of the season, with the 2023 titles for Drivers, Teams and Rookies all still up for grabs. In the TCR Europe Diamond Trophy, however, Tom Coronel cannot now be caught and so the popular Dutch driver was able to secure the crown at the year’s penultimate event at Monza in late September.
Going into the Barcelona event, Coronel also leads the Drivers’ championship standings, with a ten-point advantage over his Comtoyou Racing teammate Kobe Pauwels and John Filippi a further fifteen points behind. With a possible total of ninety points on offer from Qualifying and the two races, it’s now only those three drivers who can take the title as fourth-placed Viktor Davidovski is 127 points adrift.
Similarly, it’s now only sister teams Comtoyou Racing and Comtoyou who can secure the Teams’ title. Coronel and Pauwels have scored a total of 812 points for Comtoyou Racing with the Comtoyou pairing of Filippi and Davidovski on 657 points, so either way the Belgian outfit will retain the title it won in 2022. In fact, Comtoyou is on course to deliver a repeat of its remarkable performance last season in which it won all four TCR Europe titles, since Kobe Pauwels also leads the Rookies’ championship by seventy points over his only remaining challenger, Viktor Andersson, who’ll be driving the familiar orange MA:GP Lynk & Co 03 in Barcelona.
Once again this weekend, the entry list will include a number of new names as well as one driver returning to the championship. Joining Daniel Tkachenko in the Volcano Motorsport team will be the TCR Italy regular Horia Traian Chirigut from Romania. The Aggressive Team Italia Team Principal Mauro Guastamaccia will drive the second of the team’s Hyundai Elantra N cars alongside Levente Losonczy while the Spanish duo Rubén Fernández and Pepe Oriola will both drive Audi RS 3 LMS cars run by the RC2 Racing Team.
With no fewer than ten cars on the entry list, once again the German brand will have the largest number of cars on the grid with Lewis Brown in a Comtoyou Racing Audi and Nicola Baldan in a Comtoyou car. Finally, fresh from his victory in Race 2 at Monza, Ruben Volt is in the sole ALM Motorsport Honda Civic Type R FL5.
Qualifying and both races will be streamed live on TCR TV and the series’ social media channels.
Event timetable (local time)
Friday October 20th
09.00 - Free Practice 1
14.16 - Free Practice 2
Saturday October 21st
11.30 - Qualifying
17.55 - Race 1
Sunday October 22nd
12.20 - Race 2