20 Touring Automobile Cup entries confirmed for FIA Motorsport Games
- Final entry aspects regional TCR stars and eight manufacturers
- Vallelunga Circuit shut to Rome welcomes medal hopefuls on November 1-3
20 drivers will fight for Touring Automobile Cup gold on November 1-3 when the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games happen on the Vallelunga Circuit shut to the host metropolis of Rome.
Smartly-known person names from TCR’s regional championships plus eight manufacturers will be represented in Italy where two races – one on Saturday, the other on Sunday – maintain this yr’s medallists. These, plus the results from 5 other classes, will settle which Nationwide Wearing Authority (ASN) wins the 2019 FIA Motorsport Games trophy.
Europe, Asia, Oceania, North The United States and the Heart East are all represented amongst 22 drivers aiming for the ‘tin-top’ rostrum in precisely below three weeks.
SPAIN – GONZALO MARTIN DE ANDRES: His resume could perhaps furthermore very successfully be short on world or TCR expertise nevertheless De Andres surely knows all about winning in his native Spain where he’s claimed several national tin-top titles. His 308 TCR is the suitable Peugeot on this yr’s FIA Motorsport Games entry.
LITHUANIA – JULIUS ADOMAVIČIUS: VW’s Golf GTi represents a main alternate of surroundings for Julius Adomavičius who historic a SEAT Leon Cupra to total 2d and third within the closing two seasons of the Baltic Touring Automobile Championship.
UNITED KINGDOM – RORY BUTCHER: Unique from a fifth-region cease within the extremely-competitive British Touring Automobile Championship, Butcher will swap his NGTC-spec Honda for the logo-unique MG6 XPower TCR in time for November’s FIA Motorsport Games. But whereas the vehicles are very diverse, the team running them will not be. Certainly, Butcher has raced with the identical AmD Tuning squad for the past two years.
GERMANY – LUCA ENGSTLER: TCR Asia Assortment’ 2018 and ’19 champion discovered things reasonably more difficult this yr in Europe where he finally took ninth within the general standings. Restful, the 19-yr-dilapidated is walk to be a contender in Italy where he’s going to compete with the identical Hyundai i30 N TCR with which he furthermore claimed closing season’s Heart East title.
NORWAY – KRISTIAN MOE SÆTHEREN: The Alfa Romeo is walk to be in style on dwelling turf in Italy where TCR Scandinavia standard Kristian Moe Sætheren is scheduled to pressure a Giulietta Veloce.
RUSSIA – KLIM GAVRILOV: The 19-yr-dilapidated finished third in his native TCR championship this yr, whereas his CV furthermore involves outings in TCR’s European and Italian series. Victories within the latter and Russia all got here on the wheel of an Audi RS3 LMS, which he’s going to all over again pronounce at Vallelunga.
HUNGARY – NORBERT KISS: Thought to be one of Hungary’s most infamous racing drivers – albeit a two-time FIA European Truck Racing champion – is heading assist to his touring car roots this November. Norbert Kiss is now supreme identified as a top tier truck racer nevertheless before every part grew to change into heads by winning four national touring car crowns in as a long time between 2006 and ’09. He now returns with Alfa Romeo desirous to bid one other title.
BELGIUM – GILLES MAGNUS: RACB Academy member Gilles Magnus was a bustle winner en route to sixth on this time length’s TCR Europe standings. He’ll maintain the serve of familiarity at Vallelunga where the 20-yr-dilapidated links up on the side of his standard 2019 team (Comtoyou Racing) and car (Audi RS3 LMS).
CHINA – ZHEN DONG ZHANG: 2015’s China Touring Automobile champion handed the unique MG6 its global debut, as well to a TCR China podium, at Zhejiang in July. The identical driver, car and team combination will furthermore be accountable for the 6’s world bow subsequent month when a a similar consequence would stammer China a Motorsport Games Touring Automobile Cup medal.
USA – MASON FILIPPI: Filippi knows his manner around a TCR car having campaigned both VW and Hyundai machinery in The United States for the closing two years. A sturdy conclusion to the 2019 season noticed the California-essentially based entirely racer clinch runner-up within the TCR class of the Michelin Pilot Grief.
LATVIA – VALTERS ZVIEDRIS: Five-time Latvian karting champion Valters Zviedris is considered one of the most least experienced TCR drivers on this yr’s grid having made appropriate one persistence appearance within the class earlier this yr.
SWEDEN – JESSICA BÄCKMAN: The confirmed touring car all-rounder has recorded podium finishes within the European, Scandinavian, German and British TCR championships since graduating from karting two years within the past. Now she heads to the FIA Motorsport Games with the identical Goal Competition-bustle Hyundai as she’s historic for the duration of this yr’s European advertising and marketing campaign.
FRANCE – JOHN FILIPPI: Outmoded FIA World Touring Automobile Championship contender John Filippi now races a SEAT Cupra in TCR Europe. That identical combination, which first got here collectively in Barcelona earlier this yr, now represents France within the FIA Motorsport Games.
NETHERLANDS – TOM CORONEL: There are few drivers extra recognisable in tin-top circles than Tom Coronel who has contested every FIA World Touring Automobile Championship advertising and marketing campaign since 2005. Whereas the class adopted TCR laws two years within the past, Coronel – a dilapidated Jap System 3 champion – has furthermore made several TCR Europe appearances this yr with the identical Boutsen Ginion Honda he’ll bustle at Vallelunga.
KUWAIT – SALEM AL NUSIF: The explicit Heart Jap nation on this yr’s entry is represented by considered one of the most establish’s most a hit Radical drivers, Salem Al Nusif, who looks to be in considered one of Comtoyou Racing’s three Audis.
NEW ZEALAND – FAINE KAHIA: 2016/17’s System 4 South East Asia runner-up makes his TCR and European debut at Vallelunga. On the other hand, that lack of touring car expertise will be reasonably remedied by Audi’s FIA World Touring Automobile Cup squad, Comtoyou Racing, who are overseeing the Kiwi’s entry.
CZECH REPUBLIC – DUŠAN KOUŘIL: Restful appropriate 17, Kouřil has already made a title for himself in TCR’s Jap European series where the Czech finished third overall this yr utilizing the identical Hyundai i30 N with which he’ll now seem in Italy.
ITALY – ENRICO BETTERA: Residence advantage could perhaps furthermore indicate crucial for Enrico Bettera who powered his Audi to 3rd region all the blueprint by TCR Italy’s present Vallelunga discuss over with. He and Pit Lane Competition choose fourth within the general standings with one round last.
SLOVAKIA – MATEJ HOMOLA: Slovakia is represented by considered one of its supreme-identified drivers, Matej Homola, who began racing touring vehicles internationally in 2012. His CV involves the S2000 and TC1 machinery beforehand historic by the FIA World Touring Automobile Championship, as well to several TCR models. And it’s with the Hyundai i30 N, which Homola now races in Europe, that he’s going to be representing Slovakia on the FIA Motorsport Games.
HONG KONG – KA TO JIM: Single-seaters, sports-prototypes, touring vehicles: you title it, Jim’s pushed it! On the other hand, his latest outings in Japan’s Worthwhile Taikyu championship and Dubai 24 Hours persistence bustle maintain all been with a Honda Civic TCR, which he’ll pronounce all over again at Vallelunga.
The FIA Motorsport Games is a unique multi-disciplinary contest that aspects six classes: GT Cup, Touring Automobile Cup, System 4 Cup, Drifting Cup, Karting Slalom Cup and Digital Cup.
Competitors from across the globe will wander an bid on the rostrum, with gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the tip-three finishers in every match. These results will beget an overall medal desk, with the tip Nationwide Wearing Authority (ASN) awarded the inaugural FIA Motorsport Games trophy all the blueprint by the closing ceremony.
Extra entry lists will be announced over the subsequent week. Wearing and technical laws come in at fia.com.