TCR Asia reveals five-event 2019 calendar for season five

TCR Asia reveals five-event 2019 calendar for season five

TCR Asia race start
Photo: WSC Asia

The 2019 TCR Asia Series will visit four different countries over five events, after WSC Asia revealed the calendar for its fifth season, starting at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia and concluding with the Bangsaen Street Circuit in Thailand.

With the curtain-raiser once again being held in Sepang, it marks the fifth consecutive season in which the season has started in Malaysia.

The calendar will see events held in conjunction with national series’ in Korea, China and Thailand across all five events next year.

“2019 was very much about consistency,” explained WSC Asia’s David Sonenscher. “Working alongside the national championships in Korea, China and Thailand has worked well in past seasons.

“With China coming more into line with the original TCR format, everything will be a lot more seamless.

“The big change for TCR Asia in season 2019 will be visibility, especially within China where a strong fan base for touring cars is starting to build off the back of three seasons now concluded in the world’s largest automotive market.

“With strong interest in the new TCR Malaysia Series project, we expect good fields, and with our calendar finishing relatively early it works in well for the national Series allowing teams to gain even more value out of their investments.

“2018 also saw the opportunity for teams to compete in the SIC888 endurance event at Shanghai International Circuit, with a number of teams also contesting the almost seven-hour event, an opportunity which will come again for TCR Asia teams in mid-October after our season is concluded.”

Ahead of the season opener, TCR Asia will also organise two test days in Sepang on the 3 and 4 April 2019.

Round Country Circuit Date
1, 2 Sepang International Circuit 5 – 7 April
3, 4 Korea International Circuit 3 – 5 May
5, 6 Shanghai International Circuit 31 May – 2 June
7, 8 Zhejiang International Circuit 5 – 7 July
9, 10 Bangsaen Street Circuit 30 Aug – 1 Sept