Touring Car Racing

TCR Customer Racing Preview: July 12-13

Take a look at some key events for our customers this weekend

Take a look at some key events for our customers this weekend

IMSA heads north of the border for Canadian weekend

The weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is the home round for three drivers from Bryan Herta Autosport’s roster in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. The series’ only round in Canada is the sixth round of the ten-event season and all three Elantra N TCR drivers based in the country have enjoyed some success during the first half of the year. Denis Dupont – originally from Belgium, but now based in Quebec – scored the only win so far this season for the Hyundai Motor America-supported team, winning the found-hour endurance event at Mid-Ohio with co-driver Preston Brown. Canadians Robert Wickens and Mark Wilkins – both from Ontario – have scored three and two podiums respectively this season. Wickens and Harry Gottsacker – the driver he shares the #33 entry with – sit third in points, one spot behind Dupont and Brown, with Wilkins and Mason Filippi fourth.

Elantra N TCR drivers hope to improve fortunes at Mugello

After a dramatic weekend to series’ first visit to the Pergusa circuit since 2015, TCR Italy heads back to more familiar territory at Mugello this weekend. Of the Elantra N TCR drivers on the grid only Michele Imberti scored a podium in Pergusa, while early championship leader Alex Ley was limited to scoring just five points by on-track contact. For Ley, the luckless weekend at Pergusa allows him to shed the compensation weight from his Target Competition entered car for the Mugello weekend, presenting the chance to return to the form he showed in the opening round of the championship when he scored pole position and won Race 1. His fellow Misano race winner Junui Park also struggled at Pergusa, but back on a circuit he has experience of his debut season in 2023 will hope to return to form.

TCR UK reaches half-way point of season at Croft

Sam Laidlaw will make his debut as a Hyundai Motorsport customer at the TCR UK meeting at Croft when he joins Capture Motorsport to drive an i30 N TCR. He will take over the car previously driven by his father Steve for the event – the fourth round of the championship. As Laidlaw senior moves to another team and car for the event the number of i30 N TCR on grid remains at three, with the single Capture Motorsport example, joining the two cars entered by JH Racing for Callum Newsham and Darron Lewis. Newsham sits third in points after a strong opening round to the season, while Lewis – who is new to the i30 N TCR this season – scored his first-ever TCR UK podium in Race 2 of the previous round at Oulton Park and will be aiming to continue his progression as the season crosses into it second half with three races over the course of the weekend.


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