NEW TCR UK SE­RIES COULD BE CRE­ATED

Re­quests to start GB se­ries have been made but BTCC boss Gow rules out co­op­er­a­tion

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The TCR tour­ing car for­mula could come to the United King­dom af­ter se­ries pro­moter Mar­cello Lotti con­firmed the vi­a­bil­ity of a na­tional se­ries was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated.

Launched in 2015, TCR was de­signed to be a low-cost al­ter­na­tive tour­ing car cat­e­gory and has quickly grown in pop­u­lar­ity.

Af­ter a suc­cess­ful first In­ter­na­tional Se­ries sea­son in 2015, the for­mula has ex­panded into re­gional mar­kets with se­ries tak­ing place in Ger­many and Thai­land, plus Asia and the Benelux coun­tries.

TCR reg­u­la­tions also form the ba­sis of classes in other se­ries and stand­alone events, while for 2017 the World Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship will add a sec­ond class of cars that are built to mod­i­fied TCR blue­prints.

Cur­rent man­u­fac­tur­ers with ve­hi­cles built to its reg­u­la­tions in­clude SEAT, Honda, Volk­swa­gen, Alfa Romeo, Opel, Ford, Peu­geot and Subaru.

Lotti, who or­gan­ised the WTCC un­til 2014, said he had ini­tially held reser­va­tions about launch­ing a se­ries in the UK, with an es­tab­lished leader in the form of the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship, but was pur­su­ing the idea af­ter de­mand from in­ter­ested par­ties.

“We have some re­quests from dif­fer­ent groups of peo­ple to es­tab­lish TCR in the UK. It would not be be­fore 2018, but no­body knows – could be never, could be 2017,” said Lotti. “When these peo­ple called us the first thing I said is ‘look, you have a fan­tas­tic tour­ing car cham­pi­onship [the BTCC] – I don’t see that there is space for a dif­fer­ent tour­ing car cham­pi­onship’.

“But the BTCC has works teams and TCR is for

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