The TCR Europe series has unveiled an impressive 31-car full-season entry list for the 2019 season, featuring drivers from 16 different countries in cars from seven different manufacturers.
Although the 2018 champion, Mikel Azcona, is not returning to defend his title, due to competing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup, the grid features many names coming back from last year.
Among them are Dušan Borković, third in the 2018 drivers’ standings, Dániel Nagy, fifth overall last year, and Josh Files, sixth in the 2018 standings.
Elsewhere the grid features top talent from other TCR series. Reigning TCR Asia champion Luca Engstler will go up against Nagy in a M1RA Hyundai, whilst multiple TCR race winner Gianni Morbidelli is back in a top TCR series with WestCoast Racing.
There are new names to touring cars as well. Uruguayan Santiago Urrutia is moving to racing in Europe after previously competing in Indy Lights, and he will go up against former F1 test driver and IndyCar podium finisher Luca Filippi.
Dutchman Tom Coronel will take on a full season, with the exception of the opening round at the Hungaroring where Stéphane Lemeret will take part due to Coronel’s clashing commitments in WTCR.
JSB Compétition have entered three cars for the full year, with a CUPRA for Marie Baus-Coppens and a Peugeot each for Julien Briché and Lilou Wadoux.
Further Peugeots have been entered by Team Clairet Sport for Teddy and Jimmy Clairet, with a third car shared by Gilles Colombani and Stéphane Ventaja. In Hungary that car will be raced by Ventaja instead of Colombani after a last-minute change of events between the duo for personal reasons.
Another 308 entry for Aurélien Comte at DG Sport Compétition takes it to six Peugeots on the grid.
There will be two Renault Méganes on the grid, with one entered by Wolf-Power Racing for Alex Morgan, and another by Vuković Motorsport for John Filippi.
The most numerous car on the grid is the Hyundai i30 N TCR, with no less than ten cars entered by Target Competition (with five cars alone), M1RA Motorsport (two cars), M Racing (two cars) and BRC Racing (one car).
Despite strong representation in other TCR series, there are just two Audis and two Volkswagens on the grid. There were set to be three Audi RS3 cars on the grid, with two entered by Comtoyou Racing, until the deal for Denis Dupont to race this year fell through at the last minute.
The seven-round TCR Europe series gets underway at the Hungaroring on April 26 – 28.
|Davit Kajaia||3||PCR Sport with Georgia||CUPRA TCR|
|Alex Morgan||5||Wolf-Power Racing||Renault Mégane RS TCR|
|Aurélien Comte||7||DG Sport Compétition||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|Luca Engstler||8||M1RA Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Viktor Davidovski||10||PSS Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR|
|Nelson Panciatici||12||M Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Gilles Magnus||16||Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR|
|Martin Ryba||17||Brutal Fish Racing Team||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR|
|Andreas Bäckman||19||Target Competition||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Marie Baus-Coppens||21||JSB Compétition||CUPRA TCR|
|Tamás Tenke||23||Zengő Motorsport||CUPRA TCR|
|Julien Briché||24||JSB Compétition||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|Natan Bihel||25||M Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Jessica Bäckman||26||Target Competition||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|John Filippi||27||Vuković Motorsport||Renault Mégane RS TCR|
|Luca Filippi||30||BRC Racing Team||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Stian Paulsen||34||Stian Paulsen Racing||CUPRA TCR|
|Lilou Wadoux||44||JSB Compétition||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|Gianni Morbidelli||45||WestCoast Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR|
|Olli Kangas||46||WestCoast Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR|
|Tom Coronel||50||Boutsen Ginion Racing||Honda Civic Type-R FK8 TCR|
|Santiago Urrutia||55||Team WRT||Audi RS3 LMS TCR|
|Dušan Borković||62||Target Competition||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Gilles Colombani||66||Team Clairet Sport||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|Mat’o Homola||70||Target Competition||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Maxime Potty||88||Team WRT||Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR|
|Abdulla Ali Al-Khelaifi||96||QMMF Racing by PCR Sport||CUPRA TCR|
|Dániel Nagy||99||M1RA Motorsport||Hyundai i30 N TCR|
|Teddy Clairet||111||Team Clairet Sport||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|Jimmy Clairet||112||Team Clairet Sport||Peugeot 308 TCR|
|Josh Files||999||Target Competition||Hyundai i30 N TCR|