The FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) has confirmed it will hold a two-day official pre-season test at Circuit de Barcelona on 28-29 March.
It marks the second successive season the 2.89-mile Spanish venue has hosted the series’ pre-season stop off, which provides an early form indicator before the season opener in Morocco on 05-07 April.
A near-full quota of teams and drivers are expected to attend, with a few exceptions due to the clashing International GT Challenge event at Laguna Seca.
Likely absentees include the likes of Frédéric Vervisch, Nicky Catsburg and Augusto Farfus.
“Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya is an obvious choice for the two days of official testing,” commented François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events.
“It’s an established testing venue, it offers excellent facilities, a good variation of corners and is ideally located on the route our teams will take for the sea crossings to Morocco and onward to Marrakech for the first event of the new season.”