TCR A FULL 2016
TOP-RUN AND TEIN TESTED THE SUBARU AT MUGELLO.
2 Dec 2016
Top-Run Motorsport spent one day of testing at Mugello with its Subaru WRX TCR that was driven by Luigi Ferrara.
This was the team’s first test after the appearance in the TCR Italy series at Monza in October, where Ferrara finished third in Race 1 and was then eliminated in an incident at the start of the second race.
“The car had been significantly improved between our last appearance in the International Series in Thailand and the Monza event,” explained team manager Renato Russo. “We can now consider this as the final evolution step. Our main concern was the engine reliability, so we focused our work on this and I have to say that we are happy with the results. Ferrara drove a long run of 14 laps in race set-up without any problems and clocking lap times that were faster than those the TCR Italy top drivers had set during the race meeting in June.”
TCR International Series unveils 2017 calendar
TCR SA unveiled the provisional calendar of the 2017 TCR International Series, the third racing season since the inception of the TCR concept.
The series is aiming to maintain its main feature: supporting three Formula 1 events once again. “We have already discussed with Formula One Management to be part of the Bahrain, Monaco and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix,” promoter Marcello Lotti said.
The season will kick off at the modern Rustavi International Motopark, marking the first visit of an international motorsport series to Georgia.
The third stop, between Bahrain and Monaco, will be at Spa-Francorchamps in support of the World Endurance Championship for the second consecutive year.
Three European race meetings will follow: at the Salzburgring, the Hungaroring (together with the GT Open) and Oschersleben (together with the ADAC TCR Germany series).
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 last-but one event 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,” Lotti concluded.
2017 TCR International Series – provisional calendar
2 April – Rustavi International Motopark, Georgia
16 April – Bahrain International Circuit (F1 event)
7 May – Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium (WEC event)
28 May – Circuit de Monaco (F1 event)
11 June – Salzburgring, Austria
2 July – Hungaroring, Budapest
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)
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