The World Touring Car Cup or WTCR 2019 starts next weekend (5-7 April) with the Marrakech (Morocco) race at the Moulay El Hassan International Circuit. The final grid for this season includes twenty-six cars from seven different manufacturers, despite promoters having initially designed a championship for thirty-eight vehicles and eight manufacturers.
Competitively, the current Driver and Team defending title holders Gabrielle Tarquini and the BRC Racing Team (Hyundai), are the top contenders to beat. To protect their crown, the South Korean makers have focused on their BRC Racing Team project and reinforced their lineup with two major additions.
The Italian driver who won the French Yvan Muller of the M Racing-YMR by just threepoints will now share the garage with Augusto Farfus and Nicky Catsburg, a top-notch couple. One of Hyundai’s main opponents will be Lynk & Co.
The Chinese brand makes its debut by the hand of the Cyan Racing team, which counts with drivers such as Thed Bjök, Andy Priaulx, Yann Ehrlacher and 2018 sub-champion, Yvan Muller, amongst their ranks.
Honda will bring four cars in two different teams. Münich Motorsport will have the Argentine couple Esteban Guerrieri and Néstor Girolami, while the Hungarian Attila Tassi and the ex Formula 1 Portuguese Tiago Monteiro will be part of the KCMG team.
As for the European teams, Audi has limited its participation to four cars. Drivers Jean-Karl Vernay and Gordon Shedden will defend the colours of the WRT team, while Niels Langeveld and Fréderic Vervisch will take the start with the Comtoyou Racing team.
Also as part of the Comtoyou Racing team for the WTCR 2019, there will be two Cupra TCR piloted by Aurélien Panis and Tom Coronel (Dakar racer), while Daniel Haglöf and the Spaniard Mikel Azcona will be at the wheels of the other two Cupra TCR from PWR Racing. Finally, Kevin Ceccon and Ma Qing Hua will fight on board two Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR owned by Team Mulsanne.
All of the above WTCR 2019 participants will embark on this exciting journey which consists of thirty races in a dozen different circuits and across ten locations. The curtain rises on April the 5th in Morocco and the grand finale will take place nine months after that, in mid-December in Malaysia.
Driver Team Car
#1 Gabriele Tarquini BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR
#5 Norbert Michelisz BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse Hyundai i30 N TCR
#8 Augusto Farfus BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR
#88 Nicky Catsburg BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR
#12 Rob Huff SLR VW Motorsport VW Golf GTI TCR
#25 Mehdi Bennani SLR VW Motorsport VW Golf GTI TCR
#14 Johan Kristoffersson SLR Volkswagen VW Golf GTI TCR
#33 Benjamin Leutcher SLR Volkswagen VW Golf GTI TCR
#11 Thed Björk Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR
#100 Yvan Muller Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR
#68 Yann Ehrlacher Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR
#111 Andy Priaulx Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR
#9 Attila Tassi KCMG Honda Civic Type R
#18 Tiago Monteiro KCMG Honda Civic Type R
#29 Néstor Girolami ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Honda Civic Type R
#86 Esteban Guerrieri ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Honda Civic Type R
#52 Gordon Shedden Leopard Racing Team Audi Audi RS 3 LMS
#69 Jean-Karl Vernay Leopard Racing Team Audi Audi RS 3 LMS
#10 Niels Langeveld Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS
#22 Frédéric Vervisch Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS
#21 Aurélien Panis Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing Cupra TCR
#50 Tom Coronel Comtoyou DHL Team CUPRA Racing Cupra TCR
#37 Daniel Haglöf PWR Racing Cupra TCR
#96 Mikel Azcona PWR Racing Cupra TCR
#31 Kevin Ceccon Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR
#55 Ma Qing Hua Team Mulsanne Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR
Imágenes: WTCR 2019.