WTCR series scrapped by Discovery as focus shifts to electric racing

Series promoter now looking at a new one-off event format for TCR cars.
  • Set to be fifth and final season of WTCR
  • New format will look to promote international participation

The World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) is set to run its fifth and final season in its current guise, series promoter Discovery Sports Events (DSE) has confirmed.

After five seasons, DSE is switching focus to promoting the ETCR eTouring Car World Cup, while also developing a new competition format for the TCR cars.

Despite signing an extension to promote the touring car series just last season, François Ribeiro, head of DSE, has confirmed that a greater focus on sustainability has required a rethink.

“The introduction of 100 per cent sustainable fuel was central to [the contract extension]. Unfortunately, it has become apparent that 100 per cent fossil-free fuel is not yet compatible with the production engines used in the TCR category,” confirmed Ribeiro.

“For the agreement to cover 2023, 2024 and 2025 was dependent on an option being exercised. We made the decision not to take up this option and work on developing a new format instead.

“We are really optimistic, with WSC [World Sporting Consulting], that the new format will be very relevant to the TCR category, while providing car manufacturers a platform to incentivise their customer teams and showcase their racing cars at their best.”

This will likely take the form of a new one-off event format, with DSE working in cooperation with WSC, the owner of the TCR regulations and trademark.

The current multi-venue format will be dropped in favour of a competition that promotes international participation and greater sustainability.

Further details will be revealed once its has been approved by the International Automobile Federation (FIA).

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