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oldtimer
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Posted - 18 Nov 2019 :  12:37:34  Show Profile Send oldtimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There are various reports of a lot of new cars for 2020.

Projected entries so far.

Renault 3

Audi 3

VW 5

Cupra 3

Alfa 5

Peugeot 3 (with talk of 5)

Hyundai 4 (with talk of 5)

Subaru 2

Holden Astras 2

Honda 4 (with talk of 5)

There are also people enquiring about Mazdas but that will be late 2020 at best.

MG are planning on entering cars too.

The beauty of TCR racing is that anyone can buy a car and enter it and try to qualify. That is in the best tradition of Australian Motor racing. There are a lot of second hand TCRs available from overseas series.

Some of the cars will go to the NZ TCR series, but a lt may do both. We could see a new Tasman Series.

Plus, it is a lot cheaper than Supercars, Super2, Porsche, GT3 and probably GT4. And there are a whole bunch of disgruntled GT entrants that are currently not entering, and their cars are becoming outdated.

During the Bend telecast, I was amazed at the number of well known figures now involved with TCR team preparation that have a prominent and well respected past in other racing categories and Rally competition.

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Posted - 18 Nov 2019 :  19:32:01  Show Profile  Click to see falcon_cobra's MSN Messenger address Send falcon_cobra a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
its looking good, all that's needed is a "Main Stream" Channel7 ? push to get it aired for more to see, with the Kelly's and GRM already involved, I think a few of the other guys will be keeping a close eye on things as well.
with up to 5 cars per Manufacturer, there is still a lot of scope.
with still
Kia CEE'D
Lada Vesta
Lynk & Co 03 and
MG 6. still not involved
can only see it getting better, as long as the rules keep the cars the same.

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Posted - 18 Nov 2019 :  21:20:17  Show Profile Send Sonic a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
quote:
Originally posted by falcon_cobra


can only see it getting better, as long as the rules keep the cars the same.



***as long as CAMS keeps away from it...

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I don't think CAMS can do to much harm to the series, there are no local cars that they can shoehorn in, international series, international rules

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Ive always followed the manufacturer, in my case ive been a “Fordie” all my life. Now that the Kelly’s are racing Pony’s in Supercars I would love to see them race the Ford Focus in TCR.

Haven’t heard even the slightest on this but “Hope springs eternal.“ Anyone know/think they might change cars in TCR?
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There isn't a Ford currently homologated for TCR, so until that happens...

But running Fords in Supercars is the reason they offloaded the Subarus.

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I wonder how many Aussies there were at Macau for the Macau TCR race.

Why not emulate Bright and buy some used cars to save shipping back to Europe or wherever.

Four Lynk & Co cars in the top eight too.

https://www.motorsport.com/wtcr/news/macau-priaulx-huff-lynk-co/4598585/
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Some Aussies would have been at Macau but having The Bend same day made that difficult, I believe cars from WTCC teams have been offered.
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The commentator made reference to Will Brown maybe heading overseas with a TCR gig? Maybe not full-time but in a trial/exhibition role?


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quote:
Originally posted by skaifeman

The commentator made reference to Will Brown maybe heading overseas with a TCR gig? Maybe not full-time but in a trial/exhibition role?





That is a prize for the winner in 2020, so it appears that they are endeavoring to add the same opportunity for the 2019 winner.

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TCR Australia will give its 2020 series champions two of the biggest international prizes ever offered in Australian motorsport.

The winner of the second TCR Australia Series next year will score a wildcard entry in either a WTCR event, or an international TCR race of significance.


https://www.tcraustralia.com/2020-tcr-australia-champion-set-for-international-wildcard-race/
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quote:
Originally posted by falcon_cobra

I don't think CAMS can do to much harm to the series



never underestimate the ability to destroy

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Wall Racing have sold one of their Hondas.

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TCR Australia will welcome a new young gun to the field next season with teenager Michael Clemente joining the 2020 grid.

The 18-year-old has purchased a race winning Honda Civic Type R machine from Wall Racing which he plans to privately field in the seven round two litre touring car series.

TCR Australia represents the next step in the CAMS future star’s career having won the Hyundai Excel national title last year.

Clemente has already experienced the machinery he has purchased having attended the TCR Australia evaluation day at Winton in August.

The #38 Honda Civic is a proven quantity having been driven to pole position and three race wins by WTCR star Nestor Girolami at Sandown in September.

“The TCR Australia Series has taken off this year and the amount of support on offer from Wall Racing made the decision easy,” said Clemente.

“While the step to TCR is pretty daunting, there is lots to look forward to and I am really excited to get into the season.

“The team at the Australian Racing Group has been fantastic and have helped make the transition possible with the evaluation day at Winton. That was crucial in giving me the chance to see what the car was like.”

Clemente will be eligible for the Michelin Cup prize in 2020 which will offer a young, non-professional the chance to test with an international TCR team at the end of the 2020 season.

The Victorian driver is set to take delivery of the Honda in the coming weeks and will then begin preparations for the season opener at the Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix from March 12-15.


https://www.speedcafe.com/2019/11/21/teenager-secures-2020-honda-tcr-australia-drive/
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Based on that story, TCR is fulling a role that touring cars sit in the motorsport hierarchy.

Touring cars are meant to be egalitarian, a bridging between professional and amateur racing. This is what the ATCC/Supercars were before it became a half arsed, lower level, professional series.

The "amateur" bit had been a criticism of the past. But it was actually a strength.

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Posted - 23 Nov 2019 :  09:36:36  Show Profile Send oldtimer a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
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In a statement released on Friday, Volkswagen said its motorsport division's "clear emphasis on fully electric racing cars" would be complemented by a "farewell" to all regular programmes, which would include stopping the production of its Golf GTI TCR car at the end of this year.
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A spokesperson confirmed to Motorsport.com that the decision will bring an immediate end to the development of a new TCR car based on the Mk8 Golf, and Volkswagen Motorsport's alliance with the Sebastien Loeb Racing World Touring Car Cup team.

The new racing version of the Golf was planned to be released to TCR customers in spring or summer next year, and has been testing as recently as this week.


No new VW TCRs for 2020, but plenty of pre=raced examples around and will this change anything with other VW brands that have their own TCR's, Audi, Cupra etc.

Maybe the proposed All electric TCR series will be boosted by this news.

https://www.motorsport.com/general/news/volkswagen-electric-only-motorsport-tcr/4601530/

https://www.motorsport.com/general/news/volkswagen-electric-only-motorsport-tcr/4601530/
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CP
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Posted - 23 Nov 2019 :  10:06:54  Show Profile  Visit CP's Homepage Send CP a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply
Obviously their main motorsports programs will now be centered around Audi and Seat.
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oldtimer
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Obviously their main motorsports programs will now be centered around Audi and Seat.



I am not sure it is obvious.

The VW group are going racing with electric cars in other series. They are only dropping conventional engines.

There are more announcements to come re. SEAT, AUDI and CUPRA etc.
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