TCR rights holder WSC Group and 24H Series promoter CREVENTIC are to join forces to organise the first-ever endurance race reserved exclusively for TCR cars at Spa-Francorchamps.
The event is scheduled to take place over the 4 – 6 October 2019 and will revive the tradition of touring car endurance races at the famous Belgian circuit.
The race will take place over 500 laps of the 7 km circuit, which is anticipated to equate to a race duration of approximately 21 hours in normal conditions.
CREVENTIC will act as the promoter and organiser for the event, joining the Dutch agency’s portfolio of endurance events worldwide.
“The growth of the category has been the success story in international motorsport for the past years,” said WSC Chairman Marcello Lotti. “The idea of an international endurance race, exclusively reserved for TCR cars, is the icing on the cake.”
Gerrie Williams, speaking on behalf of CREVENTIC, welcomed the revival of touring car endurance events at Spa: “We are proud that we can revive the long heritage of Touring Car endurance racing at Spa-Francorchamps.”
The event has come around following WSC hosting ‘extensive’ discussions with representatives of the brands involved in TCR racing, who “made it clear that there was a need for a flagship, high-profile endurance race to showcase the category and make the connection with the production models the racing cars are stemmed from”.
The event will be sub-divided into Pro, Semi-Pro and Amateur categories for drivers, with RPo, Pro-Am and Am teams competing in separate classifications.
A minimum of 40 entries are being targeted, with the organisers and promoters working closely with manufacturers, who will be given opportunities to exploit the event in terms of promotion.
A working group for manufacturers will be created in order to work on customer activation, with an ‘activation centre’ installed in the paddock.
Live streaming is planned in cooperation with well-known radio outlets IMSA Radio and Radio Le Mans.