Hyundai Motorsport customer teams have marked the start of the 2019 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup season with a launch event near Turin, Italy today.
Taking place at the BRC Racing Team factory, two Hyundai i30 N TCR teams were officially announced alongside their 2019 driver line-up. BRC Hyundai N Squadra Corse will field 2018 champion Gabriele Tarquini alongside Norbert Michelisz. WTCR debutants Augusto Farfus and Nicky Catsburg will compete for the BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Racing Team.
All four drivers were present at the event, in which the Hyundai i30 N TCR cars were seen in public for the first time in their official liveries. The cars will make their track debut in the pre-season WTCR test in Barcelona next week.
As the reigning champion, Tarquini has the privilege of running #1 on his i30 N TCR car. Norbert Michelisz will again race with #5. For their debut WTCR season, Augusto Farfus has chosen #8 and Nicky Catsburg #88.
The quartet of drivers will compete in all ten rounds of the 2019 season, which will take place across three continents. Beginning in Morocco on April 5-7, action will then head to five iconic circuits in Europe (Hungary, Slovakia, The Netherlands, Germany and Portugal) before a summer break. The season will reconvene in Ningbo, China in September before visiting Suzuka and Macau. Malaysia will host the final round of the season in mid-December.
After a strong debut season for the i30 N TCR in the WTCR, with the teams’ and drivers’ titles, 13 victories and over 30 podiums, 2019 will feature fresh challenges and challengers. Hyundai Motorsport customers will be aiming to fight for both titles with the i30 N TCR and once again establish the car as the class of its field.