The TCR Asia Series is preparing for it’s second season, after becoming the first regional championship of the new Touring Car concept to compete alongside the International Series last year. Leading into the opening round of 2016, WSC Asia Limited have revealed a change in the schedule to accommodate Shanghai mid-season, replacing the Sepang round on the calendar.
“As a result of the resurfacing of the Sepang Circuit which was scheduled for the first half of this year, the Malaysian circuit was struggling to accommodate all the Series into just six months,” WSC Asia Limited’s David Sonenscher explained.
“As a result of having to shuffle the calendar for an alternative, the August date scheduled for the GT Asia Series in Shanghai became the logical replacement, and it offered teams a much better package, so it was the ideal fit, and aligns us now in four of the five rounds this season.”
The opening event of the second season will be held at Korea International Circuit in South Korea in mid-May (13-15), before the Series returns to Thailand to join the Thailand TCR Series, promising a big field of cars.
Entries are already confirmed for the second season, with a good mix of established and new teams. The International Series winning Seat Leon will again form the backbone of the championship, with a mix of Honda Civics, and the new Volkswagen Golf GTi TCRs.
A list of very competitive drivers with strong Touring Car experience have already signaled their entry in 2016, including multiple China Touring Car champion Andy Yan and his multiple Macau Touring Car championship winning team-mate Felipe de Souza. Henry Ho, another multiple-champion from the Macau Touring Car series will also join the field, alongside returning Thailand Super Series star Tin Sritrai.
“We’re looking forward to the opening round in South Korea, then joining the Thailand Series at Buriram in June,” David Sonenscher admitted. “This year will see another big step forward for Asian motorsport, and we look forward to watching TCR continue to grow in the region.”
Any teams looking at becoming involved with the TCR concept in the Asian region, should make contact via firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 TCR Asia Series - calendar
Rnd#1/#2, 13-15 May - Korea International Circuit (South Korea)
Rnd#3/#4, 10-12 June - Buriram International Circuit (Thailand)
Rnd#5/#6, 19-21 August - Shanghai International Circuit (China)
Rnd#7/#8, 21-23 October - Zhejiang Circuit (China)
Rnd#9/#10, 18-20 November - Guia Street Circuit (Macau)*
INVITATIONAL, 16-18 September - Marina Bay Street Circuit (Singapore)*
*alongside TCR International Series