The new TCR south America series was officially launched yesterday (2 June) during an online press conference, with the series set to get underway in April 2021 with eight rounds in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
The new series will be promoted by Felipe McGough, who previously promoted the South American Super Touring Car Championship in the late nineties, and Maurício Slaviero, who is former president of the Brazilian Stock Car Championship.
“I want to thank Marcello Lotti for trust our project,” said McGough. “In hard times like these we have to try to use our inventiveness even more, we expect to bring out a great series.”
The series calendar is yet to be published, but it is planned to feature eight events in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
The event format will feature two 30-minute practice sessions, followed by a three-part qualifying session (Q1, Q2 and Q3). Two 35-minute races will take place at each circuit.
“We primarily expect entries from Argentina and Brazil, but also from Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay,” said Carlos García Remohi, president of South American FIA regulator CODASUR. “We are aiming for a strong championship in 2021.”
WSC Group president Marcello Lotti described the new series as an ‘amazing achievement’ for the organisation.
“TCR South America is an amazing achievement for us and we wish to thank Felipe McGough and CODASUR president Carlos García Remohi for their efforts,” said Lotti.
“Touring Car competition has a strong and long-standing tradition in South America; there are lots of fans and different manufacturers that can join the new series.”
The Sporting Director of the new series is Victor Rosso, who is also Team Director of the Honda Racing STC2000 team, whilst the Technical Chief will be Spanish race engineer Samuel Canca Ruiz.