J’s Consulting has officially announced that it has become the promoter of the TCR Korea Series. The first round of the series will be held in July 2018.
The full details have yet to be announced, but it’s envisaged that the series will be made up of three rounds for next year, with each event consisting of two races. An official test will be held in June and the events will be held in July, September and October.
Launched in 2015, TCR is a new Touring Car competition aiming to provide sustainable long-term opportunities for teams and drivers. Unlike existing races with high cost structures, TCR is low-cost and accessible racing. It’s a customer-oriented series that aims to offer significant business opportunities to teams and manufactures in terms of supply and management.
TCR provides close and exciting racing while keeping the running costs under control. The TCR cars cost comparatively reasonable as there is a maximum cap of €135,000 for the purchase of the car. The TCR concept maintains a long-term stability of the regulations to control production, development and running costs, ensuring a long life for the cars while it is enhancing the competition through a Balance of Performance system.
The TCR concept and regulations are adopted by a number of national and regional Series. Regional Series are held for Asia, Europe, Middle East, with National Series held in Germany, Italy, Portugal, Thailand and China. In 2018, the TCR Korea Series will be launched alongside the USA, France and the UK.
The success of the TCR concept can also be measured by the list of eligible cars that includes the SEAT León, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Audi RS 3 LMS, Honda Civic Type-R, Opel Astra, Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Subaru WRX STi, Peugeot 308 Racing Cup, Kia cee’d, Ford Focus, and the new Hyundai i30 N TCR.
Korea has a strong affiliation with the TCR concept, with the TCR Asia Series competing at the Yeongam circuit in past seasons, whilst last October, Hyundai unveiled it’s i30N TCR, a debut which saw victory in the car’s first outing in the TCR International Series in China. As domestic brands have developed, TCR racing cars have successfully launched onto the international stage, boosting expectations for the TCR Korea Series.
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