Tuesday, July 27, 2021

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Aurum 1006Km by Hankook Palanga Noker Racing Team win the TCR class

The Noker Racing Team Volkswagen Golf GTI claimed an outstanding result in the Aurum 1006Km race at Palanga, Lithuania.
Kęstutis Stasionis, Sten Piirimagi, Marius Slaboševičius and Justas Grendelis shared the wheel of the green car to win the TCR class and finished fourth overall behind three GT cars. During the ten-hour race, the Noker Racing Golf completed 341 laps of the road course, missing the overall podium by only one lap.
Second position in the TCR class went to the INTER RAO Lietuva Audi RS 3 LMS driven by Egidijus Valeiša, Justas Jonušis and Mindaugas Varža that was classified fifth overall, four laps behind the class-winning Volkswagen. The podium was completed by the Čapkauskas Autocentras CUPRA DSG of Titas Čapkauskas, Ramūnas Čapkauskas, Andrius Maniušis and Marius Dudonis.

TCR South America preview Coronel and Guerrieri join for Curitiba endurance race

The second event of the new TCR South America championship is a 160Km endurance race at the Autódromo Internacional de Curitiba, Brazil.

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
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With the race format requesting a driver change some new faces are joining the series. The most famous are Tom Coronel and Esteban Guerrieri. The Dutchman will share driving duties with Rodrigo Baptista in one of the Audi RS 3 LMS cars run by Flavio ‘Nono’ Figueiredo’s Cobra Racing Team, while the Argentine will join his fellow countryman José Manuel Sapag in a Honda Civic Type R entered by Squadra Martino.
Other pairs that have been confirmed are Sergio Jimenez-Beto Monteiro in one of the CJ Motorsport Hyundai Elantra N cars, Roy Block-Tim Lewis – fresh from their second place in the IMSA race at Lime Rock – and Fabio Casagrande-Jack Vance in the two Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce cars run by PropCar Racing Team.

© IMSA/TCR Europe/WTCR

Pepe Oriola is the early leader of the standings after he won both sprint races in the inagural event at Interlagos. The Spaniard and his W2 Racing Honda Civic Type R has already built a 20-point lead over Paul Holton who drove one of the PropCar Alfa Romeo cars, but will not take part in Curitiba. Ayrton Chorne (Squadra Martino, Honda Civic) is placed third with a gap of 28 points, while Sapag and Oriola’s teammate Rafael Reis follow, one further point behind.

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WTCR The Italian event has been postponed

The WTCR event at Adria International Raceway that was planned to be held on July 31-August 1 has been postponed following an inspection by the FIA last week.
The Italian track is undergoing works for track extension and upgrade. In light of the adjustments required, it was accepted that it will take longer than the two weeks that are available to complete.

WTCR 2021 - RACE OF SPAIN
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Rather than risk the work overrunning and the FIA Grade 3 homologation certificate not being issued, the decision to request a postponement to a later date has been taken jointly by WTCR promoter Eurosport Events and Adria International Raceway.
A new date is currently being finalised before being submitted to the FIA World Motor Sport Council for ratification.
As a consequence, the WTCR will resume at the Hungaroring on August 21/22.

TCR Asia and TCR China An amended calendar was unveiled

The calendars of TCR Asia and TCR China championships have been further amended following the cancellation of the events that were due to be held at Zhuzhou on 11/13 June and Jiangsu on 7/9 August.
The two series will resume together at the Shanghai International Circuit on 10/12 September and then will race in a double-header weekend at Zhuzhou International Circuit on 8/10 October.
TCR China will come to an end with another double header at Jiangsu Wangtrack International Circuit on 22/24 October, while TCR Asia’s finale will be at Macau on 18/21 November.

TCR China
© TCR China

2021 TCR Asia calendar
7/9 May, Shanghai International Circuit
10/12 September, Shanghai International Circuit
8/10 October, Zhuzhou International Circuit (double-header)
18/21 November, Circuito da Guia, Macau

2021 TCR China calendar
7/9 May, Shanghai International Circuit
10/12 September, Shanghai International Circuit
8/10 October, Zhuzhou International Circuit (double-header)
22/24 October, Jiangsu International Circuit (double-header)

TCR Australia The event at Morgan Park was cancelled

TCR Australia’s debut at Morgan Park will not occur in 2021 after it was confirmed the event has been cancelled. After having been postponed from the original date of 25/27 June to 13/15 August, the event will not take place due to the recent COVID-19 outbreaks in Melbourne and Sydney.
Motorsport Australia Director of Motorsport & Commercial Operations Michael Smith said: “We have an obligation to look after the wellbeing of all stakeholders as well as put on events that are fair to all competitors. Given the complexities in preparing for this event, and potential travel restrictions limiting the participation for many, a decision has been made early for the benefit of our competitors, officials, suppliers and motorsport fans.”

TCR Australia
© TCR Australia/Jack Martin Captured at 2021 ARG – Sydney Motorsport Park on 20210502 by Jack Martin Photography.

Additional rounds to the season are now being explored for the latter half of the year. For now, the next event of TCR Australia will take place at Sandown on 17/19 September.

TCR UK Oulton Park Lewis Kent extends his points lead

Lewis Kent won TCR UK’s Race 2 at Oulton Park, extending his leadership in the standings to 52 points over Max Hart, while Dan Kirby advanced to third, seven points behind Hart and three ahead of Bradley Kent.
The first race saw Jac Constable claiming his maiden win in the series, ahead of guest teammate Alex Morgan in a 1-2 finish for Power Maxed Racing. Morgan led from the pole, but Constable got closer and closer until he passed Morgan in lap 8 and pulled away. Morgan found himself chased by Hart and Bradley Kent, with Lewis Kent following in fifth position. Despite the pressure, Morgan retained the second place, beating Bradley Kent and Hart.
At the start of Race 2, pole sitter Kirby was pipped by Lewis Kent and then passed by Morgan and Hart during the first lap. Hart, Kirby, Constable and Bruce Winfield delivered a thrilling fight for the third position, until Constable missed the braking point at the chicane dropped at the back. During the final laps, Hart attacked Morgan and passed him in lap 12, but then he made a mistake and handed the second position back to Morgan. Bradley Kent finished 11th after he was forced to start from the pit lane and then make a pit stop due to electrical issues.
The next event of TCR UK will be at Anglesey, on 8 August.

TCR UK
© Power Maxed Racing/Jakob Ebrey

Race 1
1. J. Constable (Power Maxed Racing, CUPRA), 14 laps
2. A. Morgan (Power Maxed Racing, CUPRA), 9.194
3. B. Kent (Essex & Kent Motorsp., Hyundai i30 N), 9.425

Race 2
1. L. Kent (Essex & Kent Motors., Hyundai i30 N), 17 laps
2. A. Morgan (Power Maxed Racing, CUPRA), 4.549
3. M. Hart (Maximum Motorsport, Hyundai i30 N), 5.093

Championship points
1. L. Kent 200 pts; 2. M. Hart 148; 3. Kirby 141

IMSA Michelin Challenge Lime Rock TCR leaders Hagler-Lewis claim first victory

The Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N shared by Taylor Hagler and Michael Lewis won the TCR class in the sixth round of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Lime Rock. This was Lewis’ first victory in the current season and the first ever in the series for lady driver Hagler.
Lewis made the pass for the lead with six minutes to go and finished off a frantic final stint to win by just 0.134 seconds over Tim Lewis’ KMW Motorsports Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce. The second place for Tim Lewis and co-driver Roy Block was the first podium finish for the team and Alfa Romeo.
Tyler Maxson was third in the Copeland Motorsports Hyundai Veloster co-driven with Tyler Gonzalez who had earned the pole position on Friday.
In the standings, Michael Lewis and Hagler have extended their lead to 250 points over Ryan Eversley (Atlanta Speedwerks, Honda Civic Type R), while Parker Chase (Bryan Herta Autosport, Hyundai Elantra N) ranks third a further 40 points adrift.
The series will resume on August 7 at Road America.

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
© IMSA/Richard Dole

Race
1. M. Lewis/T. Hagler (BHA, Hyundai Veloster N), 112 laps
2. R. Block/T. Lewis (KMW Motorsports, Alfa Romeo), 0.134
3. T. Maxson/T. Gonzalez (Copeland Motorsports, Hyundai Veloster N), 1.010

Championship points
1. M. Lewis/T. Hagler 1850 pts; 2. R. Eversley 1600; 3. P. Chase 1560

TCR Japan preview A three-race event at Sportsland Sugo

Despite the COVID-19 restrictions have been increased in the latest day, the TCR Japan event at Sportsland Sugo will take place as planned.
This time competitors will race three times. Race 1 and Race 3 will be the event’s rounds for the Saturday and Sunday series, while Race 2 is the rescheduling for the Autopolis Sunday series’ race that was cancelled due to heavy rain.
The event marks the first appearance in the season for three returnees: the 2020 champion Takuro Shinohara in an Audi RS 3 LMS run by Hitotsuyama Racing, the 2019 champion Takeshi Matsumoto in a Wakayama Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI, and ‘Mototino’ who swapped his Alfa Romeo Giulietta for a Honda Civic Type R entered by 55 Moto Racing.

TCR Japan
© TCR Japan

‘Hirobon’ is the current leader in both series with his Birth Racing Porject-run CUPRA. He leads the Saturday series by ten points over Keiichi Inoue (Nilzz Racing, Audi RS 3 LMS) and Jun Sato (IDI Motor Sports, Volkswagen Golf GTI); ten points is also his leading margin in the Sunday series over Masanobu Kato (Team Mars, Audi RS 3 LMS).

TCR Italy preview Mikel Azcona returns to Imola

Imola’s Autodromo Enzo and Dino Ferrari is the stage for TCR Italy’s fourth race meeting of the season.
Mikel Azcona, who won both races last year in an occasional appearance, rejoins the series with a Volcano Motorsport CUPRA Leon Competición. Other guest drivers in the event will be TCR Europe regular Martin Ryba (Brutal Fish Racing Team, Honda Civic Type R) and Russia’s Ibragim Akhmadov (MM Motorsport, Honda Civic Type R).
In a championship that is dominated by five drivers who proved to have the edge over the rest of the field, Eric Brigliadori (BF Motorsport, Audi RS 3 LMS) is the current leader of the standings. The young driver has built a slim 7-point margin over the 2020 TCR Germany champion Antti Buri (Target Competition, Hyundai i30 N), while Kevin Ceccon (Aggressive Team Italia, Hyundai i30 N) lies third, six points behind the Finn. So far, Brigliadori, Buri and Ceccon have taken one race win apiece, while Salvatore Tavano (Scuderia del Girasole, CUPRA Leon Competición) claimed a double victory in the season opener at Monza. And yet, the reigning champion is only placed fourth with a gap of 21 points from the leader. The top quintet is competed by Nicola Baldan, Buri’s teammate at Target Competition, who is currently ten points behind Tavano.

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