The 2019 TCR UK series season calendar has been unveiled, with the season getting underway at Snetterton in Norfolk in April and featuring an overseas round at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in June.
The calendar has been heavily revised for the second season of the UK-based TCR series, dropping rounds at Knockhill and Castle Combe for trips further to the east.
The series will continue to be staged over seven racing weekends which avoid date clashes with the British Touring Car Championship, allowing teams to run a dual campaign in the top two touring car championships in the UK.
The Snetterton date will kick-off the season on the 20th and 21st April around the 300 configuration, before moving on to Oulton Park for a one-day meeting in May, as in 2017 when the meeting was held later in the year.
The exact date for the event at Spa in June has yet to be published, but is likely to continue to avoid clashing with the BTCC, before the series returns to Croft in early July – two months’ earlier than in its inaugural season.
The Brands Hatch round then takes place at the end of July before a six-week break before the penultimate meeting of the year at Silverstone in early September, together with the International GT Open series.
The only constant on the calendar is the Donington Park meeting in October, with the East Midlands venue once again concluding the season.
Whilst both Castle Combe and Knockhill have been dropped from the calendar, the series confirmed its hope that “either or both circuits will return to the calendar in future years”.
2019 TCR UK Calendar
|Rounds 1 and 2||Snetterton||April 20 – 21|
|Rounds 3 and 4||Oulton Park||May 11|
|Rounds 5 and 6||Spa-Francorchamps||June TBC|
|Rounds 7 and 8||Croft||July 6 – 7|
|Rounds 9 and 10||Brands Hatch||July 27 – 28|
|Rounds 11 and 12||Silverstone||September 7 – 8|
|Rounds 13 and 14||Donington Park||October 19 – 20|
The championship also confirmed that there will be a number of changes to key personnel associated with the Sporting and Technical organisation, although reaffirming that Championship Manager Jen Mouratsing will remain on board as the main point of contact for teams and drivers.