The 2020 WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup will visit two new venues this season, the MotorLand Aragón and South Korea’s Inje Speedium.

The Spanish venue will host the WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup not once but twice in 2020. As well as staging the inaugural WTCR Race of Spain, the circuit located in the land of Aragón will be the setting of the official pre-season test from 24-26 March.

The test, previously held the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, is traditionally the first point of the year when the bulk of the major contenders are on track at the same time. Its proximity to the opening event in Morocco provides an opportunity for teams to complete their final preparations for the upcoming campaign.

Once the 2020 season is underway, race lap times will no longer be considered for the compensation weight calculations, meaning only qualifying lap times will count. Furthermore, the calculations will be made without the effect of the ballast being taken into consideration. Instead, a correction to the lap times will be applied, according to the ballast carried in the previous events.
The changes to the Sporting Regulations have been made to discourage teams – in tandem with customer racing brand engineers – from instructing drivers to effectively set slower race lap times to help limit the amount of additional weight added to their cars for the subsequent race weekend. The intended result is better racing as drivers will push on each lap to try to gain position, rather than driving with a compensation weight strategy in mind. The compensation weight calculations will be more accurate, fluctuate less and be close to the actual performance of each car in reality.

Drivers 23 and under on 1 January 2020 who have participated in no more than three WTCR events will be included in the new rookie classification, which has been introduced to recognise the achievements of young racers in WTCR.

2020 WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup calendar
04-05 April….Morocco (Marrakesh)
25-26 April….Hungary (Hungaroring)
22-23 May….Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife)
06-07 June….Slovakia (Slovakiaring)
20-21 June….Portugal (Vila Real)
04-05 July….Spain (Motorland Aragon)
05-06 September….China (Ningbo)
17-18 October….South Korea (Inje Speedium)
21-22 November….Macau (Macau)
13 December….Malaysia (Sepang)

World Touring Car Cup driver Rob Huff wears a Stilo ST5 F Zero helmet fitted with a Red Iridium visor – all supplied by Nicky Grist Motorsports.

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