In a bold new venture, with the idea of bringing together the best forms of motorsport for all to see, earlier this year the FIA created:
The FIA Motorsport Games
This will new venture takes place at the Vallelunga Circuit near the host city of Rome, over the weekend of 1-3 November 2019 where the following categories will compete:
Touring Car Cup
Formula 4 Cup
Karting Slalom Cup
TCR Talk will be following The Touring Car Cup, which will be run to TCR Regulations with all competitors using homologated TCR Models. The only exception to this will be the MG6 TCR that has been used in TCR China under a special homologation certificate but does not score points. This model is subject to full homologation for this event.
The Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi circuit is located 32 km north of Rome, Italy, near Vallelunga of Campagnano and has seen plenty of Tintop action over the past decades since it opened back in 1959.
The 2019 FIA Motorsport Games – Touring Car Cup Entry List
From the names on the entry list, it’s obvious that there is an equal mix of drivers who already have experience of driving TCR machines and those that have competed in other forms of Motorsport. That being said, picking a favourite from this lot will be difficult.
The organisers have already confirmed that the following drivers will be using the same cars that they have already campaigned in a TCR Series during 2019:
Luca Engstler, Klim Gavrilov, Gilles Magnus, Tom Coronel, Enrico Bettera, Zhendong Zhang, Valters Zviedris, Julius Adomavičius, Jessica Bäckman, John Filippi, Dušan Kouril, Mat’o Homola and Ka To Jim already and in most cases, the same teams that have run the cars already will be running the cars as well during this event.
British fans will notice that Team UK is represented by BTCC race winner Rory Butcher and that he will be at the wheel of an MG6 TCR. This will be run by AmD, who have run Butcher in the BTCC for the last two years. Hopefully, it shouldn’t take too long for the team to get used to the TCR machine they have…
If I had to pick a top three for this event, I would go with Engstler, Homola and Magnus, however, I’ll leave the racing to the experts and come Sunday afternoon we’ll know who has won Gold, Silver and Bronze.
The 2019 FIA Motorsport Games Touring Car Cup Format
The competition will provide entrants with a total of three hours’ track time, split into two 30-minute practice sessions and two Qualifying sessions of the same length. The first Qualifying session will set the grid for race one whilst the second Qualifying session will set the grid for race two.
Race one will last at least 25 minutes + 1 lap, whilst Race two will run for at least 30 minutes + 1 lap. The top ten finishers from Race one will score points, with Race one the top fifteen finishers in Race two scoring points.
Points will be awarded to the top ten drivers in race one according to the following scale:
25 – 18 – 15 – 12 – 10 – 8 – 6 – 4 – 2 – 1.
Points will be awarded to the top fifteen drivers in race two according to the following scale:
30 – 22 – 16 – 13 – 11 – 10 – 9 – 8 – 7 – 6 – 5 – 4 – 3 – 2 – 1.
The final winner will be determined as the driver who scores the most points from the two races.
Eight different brands will be represented on the grid, including Alfa Romeo, Audi, CUPRA, Honda, Hyundai, MG, Peugeot and Volkswagen.
The worldwide success of the TCR platform makes Touring Car Cup an accessible competition for drivers from all over the globe, allowing them to represent their country during this revolutionary motorsport initiative, while a wide variety of available brands will guarantee a strong and diverse entry.
All competing cars must comply with TCR Technical Regulations and each is approved by the FIA. Balance of Performance (BoP) will be published by the FIA in agreement with WSC.
Where can I watch it?
Livestreaming and Live Timing can be found at the link at the bottom of this section, with the action getting underway on Friday with two Free Practice sessions
Both Qualifying sessions will take place Saturday Morning, with Race one taking place on Saturday afternoon. Race Two will take place on Sunday Afternoon. Times to be confirmed.
I will be keeping things up to date on here as well as in The Official TCR Talk Group & The TCR UK Fans Group where members will also be sharing their thoughts and any news from The 2019 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), The 2019 TCR Europe Touring Car Series, The 2019 TCR UK Touring Car Championship and other Domestic & Regional TCR Series from around the world.
All images are used in this blog are courtesy of TCR Europe / WSC Ltd unless otherwise credited.
Until next time, all the best!