TCR UK amends qualifying and race formats for 2019 season

TCR UK amends qualifying and race formats for 2019 season

TCR UK race start
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The TCR UK series will move in line with other TCR series around the world in 2019 by introducing a two-segment qualifying format whilst also shortening its race durations to approximately 25 minutes each.

In its inaugural season the UK series held half-hour single part qualifying sessions to determine pole position for race one, but that will change to a Q1 – Q2 format in 2019, with the first part being 20 minutes in duration and the second part just ten minutes.

It also means that the unique method for deciding the race two grid in 2018 – whereby each driver’s second quickest lap times were reversed – will be dropped in favour of a simpler ‘reversed grid’ system based on the qualifying result.

The series will also adopt the same race format as the TCR Europe series, with each race being 23 minutes plus one lap in duration.

There will be two 30-minute free practice sessions before qualifying at each event, although the timetables for Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone are subject to finalisation.

“The changes we’re announcing today will mean TCR UK will run to the same format as other TCR championships and series,” said TCR UK COO David Sonenscher.

“Reducing the race durations should ensure closer and more exciting racing for the drivers and fans to enjoy while the changes to qualifying are aimed at simplifying the system.

“We’ll be making further announcements in the coming days about other changes to the championship in readiness for the 2019 season.”