Second tier for WTCC with launch of WTCC-2
The FIA World Touring Car Championship will get an extra tier in 2017 with the launch of FIA WTCC-2, part of a rules revamp approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Vienna today, designed to further increase the WTCC’s appeal and spectacle.
Catering for cars built to the world governing body’s TCN2 technical regulations, WTCC-2 will provide an accessible starting point for drivers and teams aiming to reach touring car racing’s top echelon, albeit in a high-profile and competitive environment.
WTCC-2 will be administered by the same team behind the WTCC from the FIA and Eurosport Events. The WTCC-2 sporting and technical regulations will be published shortly by the FIA.
TCN2 cars are designed for use in national and international competitions and are equipped with up to two-litre turbocharged engines, sequential gearboxes, homologated roll cages and limited aerodynamic aids. They also benefit from safety fuel cells and side-impact protective door foam.
François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “In the current economic climate we recognise the challenges being faced by drivers and teams to secure the finances required to race a TC1 World Touring Car. While the WTCC will clearly remain the pinnacle of touring car racing, WTCC-2 will provide a good platform for aspiring World Touring Car champions of the future to showcase their talents on a global stage, compete for an FIA title, but at a reduced cost by limiting WTCC-2 to TCN2-specification cars, which are more affordable to prepare and maintain. WTCC-2 competitors will benefit from the high event organisation standards, global media exposure and promotional activities in common with the WTCC.”