Argentina set to be replaced by Slovakia on WTCR calendar

Argentina set to be replaced by Slovakia on WTCR calendar

WTCC Argentina
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Argentina looks set to lose its round of the FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) and be replaced by a round at the Slovakiaring, after economic difficulties in the South American country meant it could no longer host the event.

The Termas de Río Hondo round was originally scheduled to be held on the 4-5 August, but according to a report by Motorsport.com the event is no longer likely.

Argentina has held a round of World Touring Cars every year since 2013, and WTCR boss François Ribeiro is known to be keen to continue to tap into the enthusiasm of fans in the country, as well as the talent of drivers such as three-time WTCC champion José María López and current Honda WTCR driver Esteban Guerrieri.

The country has recently applied to the International Monetary Fund for an emergency loan, and as such several events, including stages of the Dakar Rally, have been subject to cutbacks.

The Slovakiaring last featured on the WTCC calendar in 2016, and had been a consistent venue for the series in the years beforehand, having held races for five years.

The switch of countries is due to be ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport council and the new date for the sixth event of the season is reported to be on 14 – 15 July.