TCR Spa 500 endurance race will have a premiere in October 2019
WSC, the entity behind the TCR concept, and Creventic, the promoter of the 24H Series, will join forces to organise the TCR Spa 500, the first ever endurance race reserved for TCR cars only, with the aim of reviving the tradition of touring car endurance races at the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps.
The plan is to organise the first TCR Spa 500 event on October 4-6, during a weekend when major TCR competitions (WTCR or TCR Europe Series) have no races on their respective calendars.
The planned distance for the race is 500 laps of the 7 km circuit. Considering a lap time of TCR cars at Spa, it would be a race of approximately 21-hour duration.
The event is a joint operation between WSC that holds the rights to the TCR technical regulations and Dutch agency Creventic that will be acting as the promoter and organiser, adding the race to its vast portfolio of endurance races all over the world.
“The growth of the category has been the success story in international motorsport for the past years. The idea of an international endurance race, exclusively reserved for TCR cars, is the icing on the cake,” WSC chairman Marcello Lotti commented.
The event will be open to TCR cars only. A categorisation with Pro, Semi-Pro and Amateur drivers will be in place, with the plan to have Pro, Pro-Am and perhaps Am-teams competing in separate classifications. The target is a minimum of 40 entries and the organisers and promoters will be working closely together with the manufacturers.
A working group with manufacturers will be created to work on the best possible customer activation. The plan is for a brand activation centre to be installed inside the paddock, where all manufacturers can display their cars and where visitors can watch the action on huge LED screens.
Live TV and live streaming are planned, including live commentary on well-known Radios such as IMSA Radio and Radio Le Mans. Pre-race activities will include parade laps for selected customers of the manufacturers involved in TCR with their road cars. An attractive package of support races will be put in place as well.