TCR Talk: The 2020 Season…

With the new year already one month old and eleven more to go, I wanted to outline the work and articles that you can expect from the TCR Talk blog during the 2020 season of TCR Competition.

As with previous years, we will be following several TCR Series that don’t always get full exposure out there in Media Land. Here are the series TCR Talk will be following this year…

The 2020 TCR Malaysia Touring Car Championship

Credit: WSC Asia Ltd / TCR Malaysia

As you will already be aware, the first weekend of The 2020 TCR Malaysia Touring Car Championship took place at the Sepang International Circuit in January, where both Luca Engstler and Nico Gruber took the opening race wins of the season.

With two second places to his credit, 2018 TCR UK Champion Daniel Lloyd leads the standings so far in the Brutal Fish Racing Honda Civic Type R. With the series establishing itself as the winter series to be in if you want to get some early running in the car ahead of the traditional March/April start, TCR Malaysia will once again give the fans an idea of what certain liveries will look like.

TCR Talk will be following the series in its second year of running, with all rounds being held at Sepang International Circuit during the season.

The 2020 TCR Denmark Touring Car Series

Credit: TCR Denmark

TCR Denmark is one of the newest TCR Series to join the global family in 2020 and TCR Talk will covering the first year of action as the Danish series makes its mark in the world of TCR.

With entries already being confirmed for the first season and models such as the Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic, Peugeot 308 and the Alfa Romeo Giuletta, the series is shaping up to have a positive first event and good attendance from local drivers.

TCR Talk will be following the series in its first year of competition with interest, where there will be crossover events with the already established Scandinavia Touring Car Championship during 2020, offering some impressive grids and very talented drivers going for the spoils.

The 2020 TCR Australia Touring Car Series

Credit: ARG / TCR Australia

TCR Australia made its debut in 2019 and what a debut season it enjoyed!

The series enjoyed one of the most successful first seasons for any TCR Series globally with expanding grids on a weekend by weekend basis and an exciting championship battle that went all the way to the final race weekend of the year.

TCR Talk will be following the series in its second year of competition and it will also be reporting on the brand new TCR Asia-Pacific Cup. This new event is open to TCR cars with teams and drivers competing on the Albert Park street circuit as part of the support package to the 2020 Australian Grand Prix.

As for TCR Australia itself, the series will visit new circuits this year, including a debut event at the iconic Mount Panorama venue. Already home to the well known Bathurst 12 hours and the Bathurst 1000, TCR Australia will have a round on the mountain as well.

The 2020 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship

Credit: ADAC / TCR Germany

The ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship returns for its fifth season of competition in 2020 and TCR Talk will be following the series for a second consecutive year.

The series is considered to be one of the toughest national TCR Series to compete in and often, the title fight has gone down to the wire with several drivers in the mix. With 2019 Champion Max Hesse already confirmed to be moving to sportscars as part of the BMW Junior Team, a new champion can be crowned this year.

TCR Talk will be following the series in its fifth year of competition, where entries have already been confirmed in the form of Mike and Michelle Halder. With visits to the Czech Republic, The Netherlands and Austria, The 2020 ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship maintains its international reputation and will be a joy to watch.

The 2020 FIA Motorsport Games – Touring Car Cup

Credit: FIA Motorsport Games / SRO Motorsport Group

2019 saw the FIA Motorsport Games move to a full event for various different regulations of motorsport to compete for Olympic medals: GT Cup, Touring Car Cup, F4 Cup, Drifting Cup, Karting Slalom Cup and Digital Cup

With the 2020 event now confirmed to be taking place at the Paul Ricard circuit in France, the organisers have already announced that the same events will return for this year. This means that touring car fans will once again see TCR cars in action as the chosen regulations by the FIA for the Touring Car Cup.

TCR Talk will be following the second running of this event, once again focusing on the Touring Car Cup itself. With the 2019 event showing some exciting, hard and close racing from Vallelunga in Italy and Team Russia’s Klim Gavrilov taking the Gold Medal in the event, expect to see more entries and exciting racing from this meeting.

TCR USA: The 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge & The 2020 TC America Series 

Credit: IMSA/LAT Images (Richard Dole)

TCR Talk will be continuing its coverage of the America TCR Competition in 2020, where US-based  Reporter Matt Kistler will be watching the TCR class action in both the 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and the 2020 TC America Series.

The 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge has already seen its first event completed, the BMW Endurance Challenge, being on the support package during the Rolex 24 at Daytona event. The Road Shagger Racing Audi RS 3 LMS driven by Gavin Ernstone and Jonathan Morley clinched victory in the TCR class at the end of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenger opener at Daytona.

The 2020 TC America Series gets underway over the weekend of March 6-8 at the Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas where reigning champion and FCP Euro driver Michael Hurczyn will begin his defence in the Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR.

TCR Talk: The Brits Abroad!

Credit: TCR Japan

TCR Talk will once again be following the progress of the British Drivers who race in TCR Series outside of the UK and who are not involved in both TCR Europe and WTCR.

2019 saw three British drivers racing in TCR Series abroad:

Daniel Lloyd ran a full-time campaign in the TCR China Touring Car Championship, where he drove for the MacPro Racing team in a Honda Civic Type R FK7. The 2018 TCR UK Champion went on to finish the season as runner up.

Matt Howson made his touring car debut in the brand new TCR Japan Touring Car Series, where he drove for the KCMG team in a Honda Civic Type R FK7. Howson would go on to become the Saturday Series Champion and was crowned the overall champion.

Bradley Burns made his touring car debut in the ADAC TCR Germany Touring Car Championship, where he drove for the Pyro Motorsport team in a Honda Civic Type R FK7. Howson was a leading contender in the Honda Junior Cup before withdrawing from the series before the end of the season.

We’ll be looking out for the British drivers as they compete for honours once again in the various TCR Series around the globe and reporting back on their progress.

Credit: FIA WTCR / DPPI

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 2020 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR), The 2020 TCR Europe Touring Car Series, The 2020 TCR UK Touring Car Championship and other Domestic & Regional TCR Series from around the world.

Until next time, all the best!

Phil!!!