Audi RS3 LMS is the 2018 TCR Model of the Year
The Audi RS 3 LMS is the TCR Model of the Year for 2018. The recent finale of the TCR China Series at Guangdong was the last TCR-sanctioned event of the 2018 season so the TCR Model of the Year could be officially awarded.
The title, awarded by WSC, allocates points to the different model cars in all the TCR-sanctioned races of the season. Points are adjusted by coefficients that take into account the level of the series, the number of cars at the start and the number of brands represented. The Audi RS 3 LMS scored 7213.50 points, beating the Honda Civic Type R (7055.75) and last year’s winner Cupra/Seat Leon (6855.25). Volkswagen Golf GTi and Hyundai i30 N completed the top 5.
During the 2018 season, the Audi RS 3 LMS cars totalled 684 race-starts over 17 TCR series, claiming 43 wins. In total, twelve different brands of car manufacturers were represented during the season and nine of them won races. The most winning car was the Cupra/Seat Leon with 53 victories from 915 race starts, followed by the Honda Civic Type R (49) and the Volkswagen Golf GTI (46).
During 2018, 246 TCR-sanctioned races were held in 26 series in 29 countries. The series with the largest participation was TCR Germany that featured 27.9 cars on average per event, followed by WTCR (26.5), TCR Europe (25.1), TCR Italy (23.7) and TCR Scandinavia (20.3).
689 drivers from 49 countries took part in at least one race. Jean-Karl Vernay was the driver with most appearances, totalling 45 starts between WTCR, TCR Europe and endurance races.