The first round of the seven-event TCR Europe series will begin at Circuit Paul Ricard in France this weekend, with 26 cars entered for the first event, representing seven different brands.
The series has been created to build upon the single event Cup which was held at the end of 2017 at the Adria International Raceway.
The schedule features visits to some of Europe’s most prestigious venues, and drivers from 15 different European countries have entered into the new series.
“We are very pleased, because the new European series puts itself as the perfect accomplishment of the TCR philosophy,” explained promoter Paulo Ferreira. “In fact, competitors are coming from eight different series and among them there is also a fair amount of TCR champions.”
Represented on the grid are all of the previous TCR International Series champions, with two-time champion Stefano Comini and 2017 champion Jean-Karl Vernay being late additions to the grid.
Elsewhere two-time TCR Germany champion Josh Files is moving into a new Honda, with 2017 TCR International runner-up Attila Tassi as his team-mate. 2016 ETCC title holder Kris Richard is also represented in a Target Competition Hyundai. Two-time TCR Portugal champion Francisco Mora is joined by TCR Iberico champion Francisco Abreu.
There are also a number of TCR Italy drivers on the grid for this weekend, including TCR Italy champion Nicola Baldan, in preparation for the series’ visit to the south of France circuit one week later.
|Julien Briché||4||JSB Compétition||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|Igor Stefanovski||7||Stefanovski Racing Team||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Reece Barr||8||Target Competition||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Dániel Nagy||9||M1RA||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Viktor Davidovsky||10||PSS Racing Team||Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR|
|Jens Reno Møller||11||Reno Racing||Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR|
|Cedric Piro||13||Autodis Racing by Piro Sports||Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR|
|Loris Cencetti||14||Autodis Racing by Piro Sports||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Nicola Baldan||16||Pit Lane Competizioni||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Márk Jedlóczky||20||JLG Sport||CUPRA TCR|
|Francisco Abreu||23||Sports & You||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|Gustavo Moura||24||Speedy Motorsport||Audi RS3 LMS TCR|
|Mikel Azcona||25||PCR Sport||CUPRA TCR|
|Francisco Mora||26||M1RA||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Stian Paulsen||34||Stian Paulsen Racing||CUPRA TCR|
|Danny Kroes||38||PCR Sport||CUPRA TCR|
|Stefano Comini||42||Race Republic||Subaru WRX STi TCR|
|Dušan Borković||62||Target Competition||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Giovanni Altoè||63||Pit Lane Competizioni||Audi RS3 LMS TCR DSG|
|Andrea Larini||66||Pit Lane Competizioni||CUPRA TCR|
|Jean-Karl Vernay||69||Leopard Lukoil Team||Audi RS3 LMS TCR|
|Enrico Bettera||71||Pit Lane Competizioni||Audi RS3 LMS TCR|
|Maxime Potty||88||Comtoyou Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR|
|Attila Tassi||90||Hell Energy Racing with KCMG||Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR|
|Kris Richard||94||Target Competition||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Josh Files||99||Hell Energy Racing with KCMG||Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR|