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2019-1 TCC
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The 2019-1 IVRC Touring Car Championship season will be the 2nd IVRC TCC season. Marc Stwerka of Repsol Swinegel Racing is the defending drivers' champion, while MPG Competition is the defending teams' champion.

IVRC will bring on several changes to the series, including a new calendar format in 2019 by splitting the year into two seperate seasons of TCC. This is due to the concept that a shortened championship usually gets a lot more action-filled compared to a full-year season, along with other minor benefits.

Teams and Drivers

Team Car No. Status Driver Rounds
Spain Repsol Swinegel Racing CUPRA León TCR 1 Germany Marc Stwerka
51 Argentina Francisco Vazquez
57 USA Bob Sacamano
82 Venezuela Cristian Alvarez
Poland Team Berni CUPRA León TCR 6 Rookie Lithuania Martynas Jurgelevicius
18 Poland Bernard Mróz
21 Rookie Lithuania Aurimas Auga
Germany MPG Competition Audi RS3 LMS 11 Germany Martin Jatzek
13 Germany Phillip Volland
14 Germany Constantin Grimminger
17 Spain Carlos Frau
Argentina Scuderia Corse Honda Civic Type-R TCR 16 Rookie Argentina Esteban Caivano
96 Rookie Argentina Manuel Bruera
UK YTF1 Sim-racing Team Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 27 UK Matthew Allington
Venezuela C-Force Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV-TCR 55 Venezuela Jesús Chirinos
69 Rookie Argentina Bruno Spano
Greece Team Iris TBA 87 Rookie Greece Dionysis Faraos
Icon Status
Rookie Rookie

Changes

Sporting regulations

Not only has IVRC announced that 2019 will be splitted into two seasons, but also several changes to TCC's sporting regulations. Each event will now host three instead of two races, however with a shortened race distance of 15 instead of 20 minutes each. This should compensate for the number of lost races due to the shortened calendar, making up 30 races in total.

Also, IVRC introduced a new points distributions system, moving away from the famous F1 points scheme and adapting the all-new 2019 WTCR points distributions system. In consequence, not only the top ten of each race but the top 15 will be awared by points. Unlike WTCR however, TCC will not give bonus points for Qualifying.

As a consequence of heavy critizism during the 2018 season, the teams' championship saw minor changes aswell. While only teams with two or more entries were eligible to score points towards the teams' championship in the previous season, all teams are now eligible to fight for the teams' championship.

A rather drastical change will come with the weight penalties, as they will see their premiere in 2019-1 in TCC. This affects only Race 1 of each round, where the best drivers of the 1st race of the previous round will carry a weight penalty after Qualifying to bring the competition closer together. IVRC made the decision to add weight penalties for Race 1 only based on the fact that the quicker drives will be penalized by reverse grids in Race 2 and 3 already.

Finally, IVRC introduced a Rookie Cup sub championship for rookies. Each driver who hasn't competed at more then three events in 2018 will be eligible to score points towards the Rookie Cup. The scoring system will be identical to the main championship, giving 25 points for the rookie winner each race.

Technical regulations

Several car models and manufactures have been dropped for the 2019-1 TCC season. While Ford and Opel had to leave the series with their Focus ST and Astra OPC Cup respectively, two manufacturers upgraded their cars to more actual models. While SEAT changed their whole brand to feature the CUPRA León TCR instead of the León Cup Racer, Audi changed from the TT Cup to it's latest RS3 LMS model. Honda planned to introduce the new Honda Civic Type-R TCR (FK8), however the plans were abandoned in the last minute and a facelifted version of the Civic TCR (FK2) will remain for at least another season on the grid. Peugeot and Alfa Romeo won't see any changes for 2019-1.

Also the mod has been improved even further, especially in the brakes area. During the late stages of the 2018 season, critizism of the weak and rather inconsistent brakes came up from several drivers. After a detailed inspection by IVRC, this issue was found to be caused by too much air flow through the cooling pods, cooling the brakes down below their performance window. The faulty parts will be fixed for 2019-1.

Race calendar and results

A provisional ten-round calendar was announced on 2 February 2018.

Round Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team
1 R1 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps 9 March
R2
R3
2 R1 UK Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 16 March
R2
R3
3 R1 Germany Nürburgring Nordschleife, Nürburg 30 March
R2
R3
4 R1 Germany Norisring, Nuremberg 6 April
R2
R3
5 R1 Sweden Ring Knutstorp, Kågeröd 20 April
R2
R3
6 R1 Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 27 April
R2
R3
7 R1 Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 11 May
R2
R3
8 R1 Japan Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka 18 May
R2
R3
9 R1 Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 1 June
R2
R3
10 R1 Australia Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst 8 June
R2
R3

Testing

Round Circuit Date
Pre-season test Portugal Circuito do Estoril, Estoril 16 February

Championship results

Scoring system

Points were awarded to the top 15 classified finishers in all three races equally.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Drivers' championship

Pos. No. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points
1 TBA 0
Pos. No. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points

Teams' championship

Pos. No. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points
1 TBA 0
Pos. No. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points

Notes:

  • only the two best results of each round counted towards the teams' championship.

Constructors' championship

Pos. No. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points
1 TBA 0
Pos. No. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points

Rookies' cup

Pos. No. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points
1 TBA 0
Pos. No. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points