If you’ve read the ‘History’ section, you’ll have seen that I’m the official commentator for a brand new global Touring Car Championship in 2015 – the TCR International Series. Okay, I’m biased, but I think Marcello Lotti (the man behind the series) has come up with a brilliant concept at exactly the right time.
The idea behind the TCR concept is to restore the ‘pyramid’ of Touring Car racing, that hasn’t been seen since the heady days of SuperTouring and Super 2000. It’s all about keeping costs down – a TCR car is capped at a maximum of €100,000, with all the cars using turbocharged two litre engines driving the front wheels.
The International Series is the pinnacle of the concept, but there are already something like 14 other national and regional championships that have stated they plan to use the TCR regulations in the future. TCR Asia launches in August and TCR Benelux follows soon afterwards, with TCR Spain, TCR Italy, TCR USA and the rest all planning to launch in 2016.
The video above is the 26-minute highlight programme from the most recent TCR International Series meeting, at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. Race 1 was incredible, with the lead changing hands almost as often as in a MotoGP race. It’s this close racing – with the second race at Monza even more thrilling – that has already made TCR a firm favourite with Touring Car fans.
But don’t just take my word for it – the series has its own YouTube channel (TCR TV) and individual races, features and the highlights packages are all uploaded after each race weekend. What’s more, the TCR International Series’ website (tcr-series.com) also streams each race weekend, so you can follow the action even if you don’t have access to the likes of Motors TV or BT Sport.