TCR International Series is expanding to new territories
TCR International Series unveils its provisional calendar for the 2017 season, the third racing season since the inception of the TCR concept. Compared to 2016, there would be one event less than this year (ten instead eleven), but of ten provisionaly announced venues, four are completely new. The big improvement is also that TCR International Series made an agreement with Formula One Management to be a supporting series in three F1 events – at Bahrain, Monaco and Abu Dhabi Grand Prix races.
New race tracks: Rustavi, Monaco, Hungaroring and Yas Marina
The season will kick off on April 2 at the modern Rustavi International Motopark, marking the first visit of an international motorsport series to Georgia. Two weeks later, TCR cars would go to the Bahrain International Circuit to support Formula 1 event. The third stop will be at Spa-Francorchamps in support of the World Endurance Championship for the second consecutive year.
The streets of Monte Carlo would host TCR cars for the first time on May 28. Three European race meetings will follow: at the Salzburgring, the Hungaroring (new event, together with the GT Open) and Oschersleben (together with the ADAC TCR Germany). The TCR International Series will then move to the Far East for the final part of the season. There it will race at the Chang International Circuit for the third time, before moving to Korea or China for the penultimate round and then to Abu Dhabi for the grand finale.
“It is definitely an exciting sequence of venues. The addition of Monaco, Georgia, Hungary and Abu Dhabi will add further glamour to the series and will also enable the TCR concept to broaden its horizons even further,” promoter Marcello Lotti said.
2017 TCR International Series – provisional calendar:
2 April – Rustavi International Motopark, Georgia
16 April – Bahrain International Circuit (F1 event)
7 May – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (WEC event)
28 May – Circuit de Monaco (F1 event)
11 June – Salzburgring, Austria
2 July – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary
9 July – Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Germany
3 September – Chang International Circuit, Buriram, Thailand
8 October – Korea / China
26 November – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi (F1 event)