From 2016 the organisers of the Nürburgring 24 Hours have added welcoming the new TCR touring cars for the ADAC Zurich 24h-Race (26th to 29th May) and the 24h qualifying race (16th to 17th April).
The new sub €100,000 2 litre c.320bhp TCR cars are intended to allow teams from all over the world to more easily compete as the TCR formula spreads.
Marcello Lotti, CEO of WSC, the promoter company of TCR International Series:
“It is with great satisfaction that we welcome ADAC Nordrhein’s decision to introduce a new category for the TCR cars in the ADAC Zurich 24h-Race. The simple fact that a race that is universally praised for its tradition and fascination, and which takes place on one of the most celebrated and demanding racetracks in the world, is opening the door to a brand new category is a tremendous recognition of the soundness of the TCR concept. In their maiden season, TCR cars have already proved the perfect combination of providing close and exciting sprint races with reasonable running costs. Their participation in the ADAC Zurich 24h-Race will prove that they are both reliable and have the performance to appear in long distance races as well.”
“We always were open for new categories and concepts,” underlines Race Director Walter Hornung, “No matter if the diesel vehicles in the 1990s or the alternative-drive concepts in the following years. In the 24h race, they all found a platform where they could test, prove and last but not least, present themselves.”
The 2015 starting grids of the new TCR International Series have featured Honda Civic, Ford Focus ST, Opel Astra OPC, Seat León, Subaru STi and VW Golf as the organisers responded to spiralling costs in the WTCC.
The TCR cars are set to feature on significant international sportscar racing support bills in 2016 too with suggestions that talks are underway around a role supporting next year’s FIA WEC at several rounds.