Canada is the latest country to join the TCR family. WSC Ltd and Corner 2 Inc. have signed a one-year agreement to include a TCR class in the Canadian Touring Car Championship presented by Pirelli (CTCC).
From 2019, the TCR cars will compete in the CTCC events, sharing the grid with the series’ three other classes: TC, GT Sport and GT Cup.
John Bondar, President of CTCC commented: “We have been anticipating this partnership for some time now and we are delighted to be part of the TCR community. This is fantastic news for the development of CTCC and motorsport in Canada. We already see great enthusiasm from the Canadian teams and we hope it continues to grow to see more manufacturers adopting these standards.”
WSC President Marcello Lotti echoed: “Adding Canada to the list of the countries that have embraced the TCR concept is especially rewarding as it continues the growth of TCR in North America, following the existing agreements with IMSA and TC America. It was a logical step, because we had been watching the growing interest of Canadian teams for TCR and we are confident that this interest will develop into a competitive championship.”
The 2019 CTCC calendar consists of five events, each of them featuring two sprint races; two TCR titles for Drivers and Teams will be awarded at the end of the season.
So far, seven competitors have already entered in the class.
2019 CTCC calendar
17/19 May – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville
1/2 June – Calabogie Motorsports Park
29/30 June – Shannonville Motorsport Park
9/11 August – Grand Prix de Trois Rivières (GP3R)
23/25 August – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bowmanville
TCR is arguably the most successful motorsport category in recent years. Launched in 2015 via the TCR International Series and TCR Asia Series, it completely reshaped Touring Car competition globally. TCR is based on two/three volume, hatchback or saloon standard models powered by a two-litre turbocharged gasoline engine. Some modifications are allowed to the chassis and engine, while a front splitter, rear wing and wider fenders give the cars a real racing look. Maximum engine output is limited to 350bhp and competition on track is made equal by a thorough combination of Balance of Performance and Compensation Weight systems.
Since its inception, WSC Ltd – the owner of the TCR brand and technical regulations – has licensed the category to more than thirty championships and series all over the world, including the FIA WTCR – World Touring Car Cup.
Thirteen brands of car manufacturers are
represented in the category; so far, more than 700 TCR cars have been built and
are currently racing in both sprint and endurance races around the globe.
The cost-cap for a new car has been fixed to €135,000 that, together with modest running costs, make TCR competition affordable for customer teams.
CTCC presented by Pirelli is a Sports Car Racing Championship and a leader in Canadian motorsport. It provides race fans with close and exciting competition between some of Canada’s finest and fastest race car drivers. CTCC takes pride in the fact that it is Canadian owned and operated, and that it is one of the longest-running professional sports car series in Canada. It showcases race cars based on their original street version since 2007. For more information about the series, visit www.touringcar.ca.