So many champions on the entry list for the inaugural WTCR season
The inaugural season of the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup will kick-off this weekend at Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Marrakech, Morocco. A new premier touring car competition, which has been established with a merger of the WTCC and TCR International Series, will gather together the best drivers from both series.
Eleven teams are representing seven manufacturers and they announced 25 cars as full-time entries in the inaugural WTCR season. Both last year’s champions, the WTCC champion Thed Bjork and TCR International champion Jean-Karl Vernay, will fight for another title.
Bjork will drive the #11 Hyundai i30 N TCR for Yvan Muller Racing, alongside touring car legend and four-time WTCC champ Yvan Muller in the #48 car.
Vernay will drive the #69 Audi RS3 LMS TCR for Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team, together with three-time British touring car champion Gordon Shedden as a teammate in the #52 Audi.
Besides four men we mentioned, there would be so many other former champions on the grid. The oldest among them is the 56-year-old Gabriele Tarquini, who will drive the #30 Hyundai i30 N TCR for BRC Racing Team. His teammate would be last year’s WTCC vice-champion Norbert Michelisz.
Two British drivers with several championship titles on their accounts will be rivals – Rob Huff in the #12 Sebastien Loeb Racing’s Volkswagen Golf and James Thompson in the #15 Münnich Motorsport’s Honda Civic Type R.
Belgian team Boutsen Ginion Racing will also run two Hondas for two experienced drivers – Tom Coronel and Tiago Monteiro. Unfortunately, Monteiro is still not fit following his last year’s injury so he would be replaced by TCR Benelux champion Benjamin Lessennes in the season-opening race at Marrakech.
2018 WTCR entry list
|BRC Racing Team||Hyundai i30 N TCR||5||Norbert Michelisz|
|DG Sport Competition||Peugeot 308 TCR||7||Aurelien Comte|
|Zengő Motorsport||Cupra Leon TCR||8||Norbert Nagy|
|Boutsen Ginion Racing||Honda Civic Type R TCR||9||Tom Coronel|
|Team Mulsanne||Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR||10||Gianni Morbidelli|
|Yvan Muller Racing||Hyundai i30 N TCR||11||Thed Björk|
|Sebastien Loeb Racing||Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR||12||Rob Huff|
|ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport||Honda Civic Type R TCR||15||James Thompson|
|Comtoyou Racing||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||20||Denis Dupont|
|Campos Racing||Cupra Leon TCR||27||John Filippi|
|Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team||Audi RS3 LMS TCR||52||Gordon Shedden|
Photos: Francois Flamand, Paulo Maria/DPPI,