WSC Asia has announced that the 2020 TCR Asia series will be run in two divisions, with TCR Asia North and TCR Asia South running separately for the initial events due to challenges presented by local travel restrictions.
Severe travel restrictions remain in place throughout the Asian region in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic.
As a result, TCR Asia will be divided into North and South championships. TCR Asia North begins with two events at the Zhouzhou International Circuit in China over the next two weekends, run in conjunction with TCR China.
The North series will then race at the Macau Grand Prix in November, followed by a grand final double header at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia in December.
TCR Asia South will kick off at the Sepang Circuit in October, before moving on to the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand in early November, before combining with TCR Asia North for the events in Macau and Malaysia.
Points will be awarded separately for the North and South series, and a separate TCR Asia Title will be awarded for the combined results of the Macau event and the Grand Final in Sepang.
“Throughout the last few months our focus has been to get back to racing as soon as possible and to try to deliver a safe and exciting Championship,” explained WSC Asia CEO David Soenscher.
“Despite Asia having some of the lowest infection rates in the world, international travel is still some way off.
“With this new approach we are able to deliver an exciting and innovative Calendar that brings TCR Asia to the Region in 2020.
“We will continue to monitor the situation as it develops over the coming weeks and remain flexible but I am happy that the 2020 TCR Asia Season will finally get underway this coming weekend.”