WSC, the Promoter of the TCR International Series, has recently released the details of the 2017 TCR European Trophy. So here is a typical TCR Guru preview of the event…
The TCR promoter has unveiled details of the 2017 TCR European Trophy that will take place in a one-off event at Adria International Raceway, Italy, on October 29th.
Only the drivers who did take part in at least one TCR event during the 2017 season are eligible for the 2017 TCR European Trophy.
However the drivers classified in the first ten positions of the 2017 TCR International Series, as per 30 September 2017, are not eligible. The promoter reserves the right to allocate Wild Card entries.
A) Up to 32 entries, the Event format will be similar to that of the TCR International Series, with one Qualifying session split in two parts (Q1 – 30 min + Q2 – 15 min for the 12 fastest cars in Q1) and two Races of 25 minutes + 1 lap each.
B) In case of more than 32 entries, drivers will be split in two groups by the organizer, according to the results achieved during the 2017 season:
The Event format will include two Qualifying sessions of 20 minutes (one per each group), two Qualifying races of 20 minutes + 1 lap (one per each group), one Repechage race of 20 minutes + 1 lap and one Final race of 35 minutes + 1 lap.
– 1 point per event will be allocated to each driver who did take part in events of the 2017 TCR Regional/National Series or Championships, up to a maximum of 5 points
– 1 point per event will be allocated to each Driver who did take part in the European events of the 2017 TCR International Series
Point scoring system
– Pre-qualifying points: maximum 5
– Qualifying: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 points to the top five
– Races: 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 to the top ten
Format B) – points will only count towards the qualification for the Final race
– Pre-qualifying points: maximum 5
– Qualifying race: 25, 18, 15, 12, 10, 8, 6, 4, 2, 1 to the top ten
Qualifying races and Repechage
In case of Event Format B, the best ten scorers of each Qualifying Race will qualify for the Final race.
The driver who has scored the highest number of points in the fastest Qualifying Race will win pole position.
Those who have failed to qualify will take part in the Repechage Race; the first six drivers classified will be admitted to the Final Race in the positions from 21 to 26.
The winning Driver of the 2017 TCR European Trophy will be awarded with a TCR road car. Further details will be announced in due course.
Now, after reading into this, there has been a change since the original release sent out in January with the primary change being a move from this original qualification requirement:
Although the 2017 TCR European Trophy will consist of just one event, only competitors who have taken part in the Qualifying Events will be eligible for entering the Adria race meeting.
Competitors may qualify for the 2017 TCR European Trophy by either:
Entering the full season in one of the following TCR National/Regional Series or Championships in Europe: TCR Baltic, TCR Benelux, TCR Germany, TCR Ibérico, TCR Italy, TCR Portugal, TCR Russia, TCR Scandinavia, TCR Spain, 24h Series, 24H TCE Series, VLN
Entering a minimum of four European events of the 2017 TCR International Series from the following: Spa-Francorchamps (6th May), Monza (28th May), Salzburgring (11th June), Hungaroring (2nd July), Oschersleben (9th July).
Qualifying points will be allocated to the competitors who will enter the Adria event.
Five points will be allocated to those who have entered for the full season in one of the aforesaid National/Regional Series or Championships.
One point per event will be allocated to those who have taken part in the aforesaid European events of the 2017 TCR International Series.
Now, with this new change in the format where the drivers classified in the first ten positions of the 2017 TCR International Series, as per 30 September 2017, are not eligible means that the following list of drivers could indeed take part in the TCR Europe Trophy if they wanted to:
Jens Reno Møller
Jaap van Lagen
Now as you can see there are some names in bold and some names in italics. The names in Bold are the drivers who have joined the TCR International Series this year as remaining full season entries that are outside the top ten in the Drivers Championship.
The names in Italics are the drivers who have take part in the European rounds of the TCR International Series who have the full intention of competing in the TCR Europe Trophy. As you can see there are quite a few big names here that could have a go at this Trophy.
Add in the fact that if you are a driver who has competed in a Domestic TCR Series, you eligible as well. That’s a lot of possible entries!!!
As you can tell, I’m looking forward to this one and I’ll be watching with interest to see who has entered the Trophy in the coming weeks and how the racing turns out as well at the Adria circuit.
As per usual, I will be keeping things up to date on here with the blog as well as with the members of both the TCR Talk International Facebook Group and the new TCR Talk UK Facebook Group who will also be sharing their thoughts as well as any news from The TCR International Series, Domestic Series and any news on the TCR UK Series that starts in 2018.
Please note that all images are used courtesy of WSC/TCR International Series.
Until next time, all the best!