Marcello Lotti confident of TCR UK being a success

Marcello Lotti confident of TCR UK being a success

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WSC Ltd CEO Marcello Lotti is confident that the newly-announced TCR UK Series, which will be run by the British Racing and Sports Car Club (BRSCC), will have a welcome amount of entries for its inaugural season next year. 

The new championship, which will be run by Johnathan Ashman, will become the 20th series/championship that will adopt the TCR concept, which started running fully at the beginning of the 2015 racing season.

He feels that TCR UK will be ‘a success’, along with it not being a direct competitor to the British Touring Car Championship. Lotti did not rule out a potential grid close to or eclipsing that of the ADAC TCR Germany Series, which had 44 initial entries at the beginning of the year.

“There is a strategy that will be followed, regarding TCR UK. I don’t want to talk about it too much right now, as there are a lot of people working more closely on this than me,” said Lotti to TouringCars.net at Motorsport Arena Oscherseleben.

“We spoke about having a partner there for the weekend, in collaboration with another promoter, and I think it will be success, especially with the traditions that you have in the UK.”

Lotti was also open to the idea that TCR UK could be used as a springboard to move up the racing car ladder, in a similar vein to the way championships such as the Renault Sport UK Clio Cup attract young drivers to help them progress further, just like the TCR concept itself.

“I think it will be on the step ladder. BTCC for a long time, has been a reference for the national dealers involved,” admitted the Italian.

“TCR is a different concept, but there is a space for it in the UK, and I hope that TCR UK can beat the numbers that we have here in Germany.

“BTCC is another level, and it could be that the same driver that wins the TCR UK Series ends up going there [to the BTCC] with a works team, so why not?”