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The 2020 WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup has attracted 20 all-season entries with a range of wildcard racers furthermore establish for excessive-meander circulation all around the upcoming campaign.

THE KEY NUMBERS

*20 all-season entries

*4 FIA world title winners

*8 drivers beneath 25

*4 FIA Rookie Award contenders

*7 car brands represented

*Flags of 12 international locations to be flown

EFFORTS TO PROTECT WTCR DURING UNPRECEDENTED TIMES PROVE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL

A reflection of the solid level of passion within the class, the excessive entry quantity furthermore vindicates the resolution of the FIA Touring Car Commission to authorise the re-opening of all-season registrations, at the query of WTCR promoter Eurosport Events, for a restricted time within the summertime.

This modified into as soon as finished to relieve those drivers and teams who had now not been in a quandary to finalise their programmes for 2020 earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic, which began neutral as the distinctive entry carve-off date modified into as soon as closing.

In addition, Eurosport Events and the FIA worked in partnership to bring a Europe-most inviting calendar and a range of worth-cutting measures, which possess combined to create the WTCR a more accessible likelihood for those centered on competing at touring car’s best level.

Other initiatives, at the side of the FIA Rookie Award for drivers beneath 23 within the initiating of 2020 with abilities of no more than two WTCR events, possess extra increased the WTCR’s enchantment.

BIG INTEREST FROM UNDER-25s

Eight drivers venerable beneath 25 will doubtless be on the WTCR grid in 2020. They’re:

*Mikel Azcona (Spain, 24) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competición

Scored a breakthrough WTCR expend in 2019, has since helped to ready the all-recent CUPRA challenger

*Bence Boldizs (Hungary, 23) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competición

After success in a single-create racing in his establish of origin, Boldizs graduates to WTCR by strategy of a stint in rallycross

*Luca Engstler (Germany, 20) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Group, Hyundai i30 N TCR

Despite being view to be one of the necessary youngest drivers within the pack, Engstler is a multiple touring car title winner

*Yann Ehrlacher (France, 24) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR

Will group up his illustrious uncle Yvan Muller as he bids for WTCR title success

*Gilles Magnus (Belgium, 21) Comtoyou Racing, Audi RS 3 LMS

One amongst more than 500 drivers to apply for the Belgian ASN’s RACB Nationwide Group-backed pressure

*Attila Tassi (Hungary, 21) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Form R TCR

Gave up playing ice hockey and driving BMX bikes after getting injured to start racing venerable 14

*Santiago Urrutia (USA, 24) Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR

Flying the United States flag, this Uruguay-born ex-single-seater racer won his WTCR pressure by strategy of a shootout

*Jack Young (UK, 18) Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR

The third youngest WTCR driver in history brings title-successful pedigree from the UK to the WTCR

SEPANG FAB FOUR REUNITED

The four drivers who fought it out for the 2019 WTCR title within the Sepang effectively-organized-finale closing December are encourage now not off path:

*Thed Björk (Sweden) Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR

Fourth in 2019, he’s Sweden’s first motor racing world champion (he lifted the WTCC crown in 2017)

*Esteban Guerrieri (Argentina) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Form R TCR

A Hamilton and Vettel-beater in Formula 3, Guerrieri finished runner-up in WTCR 2019

*Norbert Michelisz (Hungary) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse, Hyundai i30 N TCR

The King of WTCR following his 2019 title triumph modified into as soon as skill-spotted racing on-line

*Yvan Muller (France) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co, Lynk & Co 03 TCR 

Third in 2019, the four-time World Touring Car champion has most WTCC wins, poles, fastest laps

BIG HITTERS

The contributors of this quintet possess won races in WTCR or WTCC:

*Nicky Catsburg (Netherlands) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Group, Hyundai i30 N TCR

Brings WTCC and sportscar trudge-successful pedigree and a status as a qualified driver

*Néstor Girolami (Argentina) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Form R TCR

Received thrice all over his first WTCR campaign in 2019, plans to make on that ordinary in 2020

*Tiago Monteiro (Portugal) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport, Honda Civic Form R TCR

One-time F1 podium finisher, fought encourage from extreme injury to expend again in World Touring Autos

*Gabriele Tarquini (Italy) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse, Hyundai i30 N TCR

Two-time World Touring Car title winner started 38 F1 races and is restful going solid venerable 58

*Jean-Karl Vernay (France) Group Mulsanne, Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris

Old school TCR Worldwide champion starts a recent adventure with Alfa Romeo energy and excessive hopes

OTHER CONTENDERS

The checklist of all-season drivers doesn’t discontinue there. Listed below are three more:

*Nathanaël Berthon (France) Comtoyou DHL Group Audi Sport, Audi RS 3 LMS

WTCR’s Mr Versatile with abilities checking out in Formula One, racing on ice and at Le Mans

*Tom Coronel (Netherlands) Comtoyou DHL Group Audi Sport, Audi RS 3 LMS

AKA The Showman, the multi-tasking Coronel is chasing his 500th start in touring cars in 2020

*Gábor Kismarty-Lechner (Hungary) Zengő Motorsport, CUPRA Leon Competición

Hungarian Touring Car champion steps up to the WTCR having raced for 20 years

WTCR 2020 ALL-SEASON ENTRY LIST

1 Norbert Michelisz (HUN) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR

7 R Jack Young (GBR) Vuković Motorsport Renault Mégane RS TCR

8 R Luca Engstler (DEU) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Group Hyundai i30 N TCR

9 Attila Tassi (HUN) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR

11 Thed Björk (SWE) Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co 03 TCR

12 Santiago Urrutia (USA) Cyan Efficiency Lynk & Co 03 TCR

16 R Gilles Magnus (BEL) Comtoyou Racing Audi RS 3 LMS

17 Nathanaël Berthon (FRA) Comtoyou DHL Group Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS

18 Tiago Monteiro (PRT) ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR

29 Néstor Girolami (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR

30 Gabriele Tarquini (ITA) BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR

31 Tom Coronel (NED) Comtoyou DHL Group Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS

55 R Bence Boldizs (HUN) Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición

68 Yann Ehrlacher (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR

69 Jean-Karl Vernay (FRA) Group Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce TCR by Romeo Ferraris

86 Esteban Guerrieri (ARG) ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Form R TCR

88 Nicky Catsburg (NED) Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Group Hyundai i30 N TCR

96 Mikel Azcona (ESP) Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición

99 Gábor Kismarty-Lechner (HUN) Zengő Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición

100 Yvan Muller (FRA) Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 03 TCR

R = FIA Rookie Award contender

The utilization of the Renault Mégane RS TCR within the 2020 WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup is arena to the completion of all technical processes mandated by WSC, the organisation within the encourage of the TCR view and trademark, at the side of the issuing of the WTCR Technical Passport.


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