The WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup is determined for a irregular style of skedaddle with three unusual venues added to the 2021 calendar to abet ensure the pudgy time table of 16 races throughout eight occasions is maintained.
Most in Czech Republic, Pau-Arnosin France and Sochi in Russia will construct an exhilarating unknown for the WTCR drivers and their teams with all three venues unusual to the sequence.
Besides to to the inaugural WTCR races in Czech Republic, France and Russia, the unusual date of the main WTCR Speed of Italy at Adria Global Raceway has been confirmed as November 5-7.
WTCR’S ASIA RETURN ON HOLD BUT ABSENCE IS TEMPORARY
Despite every effort being made, the WTCR’s hoped-for Asia leg is, regrettably, on take for a second season. Right here is thanks to the continued uncertainty concerning the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting skedaddle restrictions.
Central to the restrictions is the strict quarantine requirement to enter South Korea, China and Macau − the three territories scheduled to host the WTCR season-closing trio of occasions in October and November.
With a minimal 14-day quarantine interval mandated by every country, that would perchance well possess resulted in the WTCR drivers, teams, officers and all others working throughout the sequence spending better than two months away from home, a totally unfeasible option.
As part of its dedication to sustainability and as a holder of the FIA’s Three Considerable particular person Environmental Accreditation, Eurosport Events depends on sea freight for its global races. On the opposite hand, to reach South Korea in time for the planned WTCR occasion on the Inje Speedium from October 16-17, the container ship carrying the WTCR autos, spare parts, instruments and infrastructure, would have to inch away Europe sooner than the terminate of August.
And not utilizing a clarity on when the quarantine requirement would perchance be lifted or if extra restrictions would perchance be imposed, the choice now to not incorporate the occasions in Asia on the 2021 calendar modified into as soon as taken, albeit with appreciable reluctance.
ACTION-PACKED WTCR SEASON HEADS NEXT TO HUNGARY
The six WTCR races held to this level in 2021 had been obtained by six heaps of drivers with four of the five customer racing brands participating in WTCR powering high-tail winners.
Of the 22 all-season racers, 9 are 25 or below, six possess obtained FIA world titles, while Jessica Bäckman grew to change into the main female driver to compete and get parts in the sequence, a feat the FIA Females in Motorsport ambassador completed at WTCR Speed of Germany on the Nürburgring Nordschleife in June.
Starting with WTCR Speed of Hungary from August 21-22, when fans would perchance be again in the grandstands on the Hungaroring following the easing of restrictions in the country, the focal level is now on finishing the 2021 season with a Europe-simplest calendar while redoubling efforts to return to Asia in 2022.
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, mentioned: “Changing the Asia occasions on the 2021 calendar modified into as soon as now not a easy decision and below no circumstances one thing we desired to enact, nonetheless it modified into as soon as the edifying option on the table in uncover to guard our stakeholders and provides us the edifying most likely likelihood of turning in the planned 16 races and prolonging what’s already proving to be any other narrative title fight.”
“We explored every possibility to withhold the Asia occasions nonetheless had to simply obtain delaying our return to Asia for any other season modified into as soon as the edifying route of action initiate to us, as we merely couldn’t possibility sending freight midway spherical the sphere without a guarantee that this will also be most likely to transfer ahead with the occasions in Asia.”
“Even supposing they’re disappointed, the promoters of these occasions fully savor and strengthen the choice as enact our global broadcasters and we thank them interested on their notion and ongoing cooperation. We’ve wasted no time starting contract discussions with every occasion because it’s our absolute priority to return to Asia in 2022.”
“We have to additionally acknowledge the abet of the FIA and all occasion promoters and ASNs alive to.”
Alan Gow, FIA Touring Car Commission President, mentioned: “In these unparalleled times, calendar changes are one thing we are willing for. Given the fluid nature of the pandemic, it modified into as soon as essential to safeguard the calendar as mercurial as most likely.”
“Eurosport Events has therefore place in location a tough time table of occasions to whole the season, while additionally giving three countries and their ASNs the opportunity to host the WTCR for the main time.”
“The calendar additions are venues unusual to world-level touring automobile racing, with every having its own irregular characteristics. This provides the drivers and their teams with a peculiar discipline and provides the fans one thing extra to peep ahead to. We’re web site for an spirited second part of the season.”
ONWARDS AND UPWARDS FOR WTCR IN 2021
Racing at Autodrom Most enables Eurosport Events to renew its partnership with a venue that hosted the 2017 FIA European Touring Car Cup title decider and carry the WTCR to a country with a tough motorsport following for the main time.
Measuring 4.212 kilometres in measurement, Most (currently gearing as much as host the FIA European Truck Racing Cup next week), is found approximately 70 kilometres north of the Czech capital Prague and within easy reach of German cities Dresden and Leipzig.
The WTCR will change into the main FIA sequence to talk about with Circuit Pau-Arnos, which has now not too prolonged ago gone through a chain of important upgrades. Positioned 20 kilometres west of town of Pau in southwest France, the observe is 3.030 kilometres prolonged and can even additionally host Speed FR for PURE ETCR, the all-electric touring automobile sequence from Eurosport Events, throughout the identical weekend.
The WTCR has but to take a high-tail in France nonetheless the country has infamous appreciable success in the sequence courtesy of present King of WTCR Yann Ehrlacher, plus compatriots and fellow high-tail winners Nathanaël Berthon, Yvan Muller and Jean-Karl Vernay.
Primarily based throughout the Sochi Olympic Park that modified into as soon as home to the 2014 Winter Olympic Video games, Sochi Autodrom is a 5.848-kilometre permanent observe which staged the main Russian System One Mountainous Prix in 2014.
The work of architect Hermann Tilke, Sochi Autodrom has hosted the TCR Global Series previously and can even carry WTCR racing to Russia for the main time because the environment of the 2021 season decider in slow November. Unique WTCR racers Jordi Gené, Attila Tassi and Jean-Karl Vernay possess all raced in Sochi with Gené a hit the main of two TCR Global counters in 2015.
NOVEMBER DATE SET FOR RESCHEDULED WTCR RACE OF ITALY
WTCR Speed of Italy had been due to bustle from July 31-August 1 nonetheless modified into as soon as postponed to enable the completion of compulsory adjustment work following the circuit’s extension. The unusual date of November 6-7 is arena to the requisite FIA Grade 3 homologation certificate being issued.
As much as this level WTCR − FIA World Touring Car Cup 2021 calendar
· Rounds 1 and a pair of: WTCR Speed of Germany, Nürburgring Nordschleife: June 3-5
· Rounds 3 and 4: WTCR Speed of Portugal, Circuito enact Estoril: June 26-27
· Rounds 5 and 6: WTCR Speed of Spain, MotorLand Aragón: July 10-11
· Rounds 7 and 8: WTCR Speed of Hungary, Hungaroring: August 21-22
· Rounds 9 and 10: WTCR Speed of Czech Republic, Autodrom Most: October 9-10
· Rounds 11 and 12: WTCR Speed of France, Circuit Pau-Arnos: October 16-17
· Rounds 13 and 14: WTCR Speed of Italy, Adria Global Raceway: November 6-7
· Rounds 15 and 16: WTCR Speed of Russia, Sochi Autodrom: November 27-28
Topic to issuing of FIA Grade 3 homologation certificate
Topic to governmental approval