Belgian driver Denis Dupont has revealed that he has signed a deal with Belgian Audi team Comtoyou Racing to contest the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR)
Dupont has confirmed that the RACB will be supporting his first full season of International Touring Car racing. Dupont competed in a SEAT Leon jointly backed by both the RACB and Comtoyou Racing where he competed in the final two round of the 2017 TCR International Series in China and Dubai.
Dupont explained his excitement ahead of the new season:
“First of all, I am very happy to continue the adventure in the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium! “ Denis explained. “Few drivers have made it to three seasons with the support of the national federation. I am very honoured.”
“I am on a cloud with the idea of carrying out a full campaign in WTCR, in a world championship. In addition, I will continue to run with Comtoyou Racing, a team I already know well for having driven in both the TCR International Series and the VW Fun Cup.”
Dupont is joining Comtoyou Racing for the season, who outlined they have the potential to run up to three Audi RS3 LMR TCR cars in the 2018 WTCR. The Series organisers have confirmed that entries will go to both WTCC and TCR International Series as a priority as it looks to have a quality grid of 26 cars.
Whilst being the first driver to confirm that he will be contesting the WTCR, Dupont is keeping his aspirations in check.
“To say that I will aim for the title would be pretentious,” he adds. “There are a lot of circuits that I will discover. But no question of playing the fake modest either.”
“My goal is to fight at the front of the pack, score and finish on the podium as often as possible. Already, I thank the RACB, Comtoyou Racing and Diamond for allowing me to live this wonderful adventure.”
Comtoyou Racing ran 2015 and 2016 TCR International Series Champion Stefano Comini and Sportscar driver Frederic Vervisch in 2017 with Comini taking three wins during the year.
Dupont joined the team in his SEAT Leon at the Zhejiang Circuit in China for his first taste of International Touring Car action outside of the TCR Benelux Series. Dupont took two wins in the series and one pole position during 2017 and was straight up to speed in the TCR International Series
The first round of the 2018 FIA World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) takes place at the Marrakech circuit in Morocco on April 7 – 8.
As per usual, I will be keeping things up to date on here with the blog as well as with the members of the TCR Talk International Facebook Group & the TCR Talk UK Facebook Group & The TCR UK Fans Group who will also be sharing their thoughts as well as any news from FIA WTCR, The TCR Europe Series, Regional & Domestic TCR Series and any news on the TCR UK Series that starts in 2018.
Please note that all images in this blog post are used courtesy of WSC / TCR International Series.
Until next time, all the best!