TCR International Series: Record setting grid of 24 cars at Singapore
The TCR International Series will continue this weekend with the ninth round at Singapore’s Marina Bay Street Circuit, as the supporting race of the Formula One Grand Prix event. Just as was the case for the first two race meetings of the TCR International Series, within the Grands Prix of Malaysia and China, the timetable has been adjusted to fit into the F1 schedule, so it will be the first time that the race will also take place at night.
At the starting grid of Singapore’s race we will see a record field of 24 cars. All regular competitors, including the series leader Pepe Oriola (Craft-Bamboo Lukoil) and his closest chasers Stefano Comini (Target Competition), Jordi Gene (Craft-Bamboo Lukoil) and Gianni Morbidelli (West Coast Racing), will be there.
There are also some changes in the line-up of regular teams: René Münnich returns to West Coast Racing after taking part in the first two events of the year in Malaysia and China, Tomas Engström rejoins the Liqui Moly Team Engstler for which he drove in Sochi, young Dutchman Loris Hezemans makes his TCR debut with Target Competition, Hong Kong architect Frank Yu returns to the Craft-Bamboo Racing SEAT he drove in Sepang, Fernando Monje comes back in the Campos Racing Opel Astra OPC he drove to an outstanding third place at Monza.
They will be joined by TCR Asia Series contestants and Top Run’s Subaru WRX with Luca Rangoni at the wheel. The TCR Asia Series kicked off its maiden season two weeks ago at the Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia. Now the championship faces three further events – Singapore, Buriram and Macau – in which its competitors will race together with those of the TCR International Series. The Malaysian opener was dominated by the Asia Racing Team that won all three races with Macau’s Rodolfo Avila and Frenchman Philippe Descombes.