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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 1–8
19 Argentina Francisco Vazquez 1–2, 6–7
57 USA Bob Sacamano 1–2, 4, 7
82 Venezuela Cristian Alvarez 2, 4, 8
Lithuania SL Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 2 Rookie Lithuania Saulius Laurinavicius
Poland Team Berni CUPRA León TCR 4 Rookie Lithuania Aurimas Auga 1–4, 6–7
6 Rookie Lithuania Martynas Jurgelevičius 1–2
18 Poland Bernard Mróz 1–2, 4–8
80 Rookie Poland Bartosz Nowak 1–4
USA Oppenheimer Racing Peugeot 308 TCR 5 Rookie USA Rob Waddell
Argentina Scuderia Corse Honda Civic Type-R TCR 8 Rookie Argentina Sergio Catalusci
Germany MPG Competition Audi RS3 LMS 11 Germany Martin Jatzek 1–3, 6–7
13 Germany Phillip Volland 1–4, 6–8
14 Germany Constantin Grimminger 1–4, 6–7
17 Spain Carlos Frau 1–8
Greece Team Iris Honda Civic Type-R TCR 12 Rookie Greece Dimitris Giannopoulos 8
CUPRA León TCR 87 Rookie Greece Dionysis Faraos 1
Honda Civic Type-R TCR 2–3, 6
Venezuela C-Force Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV-TCR 22 Rookie Argentina Germán Soto 7
25 Rookie Uruguay Marcos Landa
55 Venezuela Jesús Chirinos 2–8
69 Rookie Argentina Bruno Spano 3, 6
UK MAD Bears YTF1 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 27 UK Matthew Allington 3, 7–8
Mexico TR Bluvos Motorsports Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 35 Mexico Michael Teichmann 2
36 Rookie Argentina Maxi Stang
65 Rookie Mexico Yerick Ahmed Robles
Brazil KRT/Goiaba Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 48 Rookie Brazil Otávio de Barros 3, 6
51 Rookie Brazil Victor Bier 3
Latvia Young Drillers Honda Civic Type-R TCR 99 Rookie Latvia Ernest Lapins
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Guest Driver icon Brazil Otávio de Barros 1
Audi RS3 LMS Guest Driver icon France Samuel Perryman 8
Icon Status
Rookie Rookie

Driver changes

Team changes

Mid-season changes

  • After competing in a CUPRA León TCR in the first round, Dionysis Faraos switched to a Honda Civic Type-R TCR.

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 three or more 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 Rookie winner
1 R1 Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps 9 March Greece Dionysis Faraos Brazil Otávio de Barros Greece Dionysis Faraos Greece Team Iris Greece Dionysis Faraos
R2 Spain Carlos Frau Spain Carlos Frau Germany MPG Competition Lithuania Aurimas Auga
R3 Germany Marc Stwerka Poland Bartosz Nowak Poland Team Berni Poland Bartosz Nowak
2 R1 UK Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 16 March Poland Bartosz Nowak Poland Bartosz Nowak Germany Marc Stwerka Spain Repsol Swinegel Racing Poland Bartosz Nowak
R2 Germany Constantin Grimminger Germany Constantin Grimminger Germany MPG Competition Greece Dionysis Faraos
R3 Mexico Michael Teichmann Mexico Michael Teichmann Mexico TR Bluvos Motorsports Lithuania Aurimas Auga
3 R1 Germany Nürburgring Nordschleife, Nürburg 30 March UK Matthew Allington Spain Carlos Frau Spain Carlos Frau Germany MPG Competition Greece Dionysis Faraos
R2 UK Matthew Allington UK Matthew Allington UK MAD Bears YTF1 Greece Dionysis Faraos
R3 UK Matthew Allington UK Matthew Allington UK MAD Bears YTF1 Greece Dionysis Faraos
4 R1 Germany Norisring, Nuremberg 6 April Germany Phillip Volland Poland Bernard Mróz Germany Marc Stwerka Spain Repsol Swinegel Racing Poland Bartosz Nowak
R2 Germany Phillip Volland Germany Phillip Volland Germany MPG Competition Lithuania Aurimas Auga
R3 Poland Bernard Mróz Germany Marc Stwerka Spain Repsol Swinegel Racing Lithuania Aurimas Auga
5 R1 Sweden Ring Knutstorp, Kågeröd 20 April Germany Marc Stwerka Poland Bernard Mróz Germany Marc Stwerka Spain Repsol Swinegel Racing none
R2 Poland Bernard Mróz Venezuela Jesús Chirinos Venezuela C-Force Racing none
R3 Poland Bernard Mróz Poland Bernard Mróz Poland Team Berni none
6 R1 Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 27 April Poland Bernard Mróz Germany Phillip Volland Germany Phillip Volland Germany MPG Competition Brazil Otávio de Barros
R2 Poland Bernard Mróz Poland Bernard Mróz Poland Team Berni Greece Dionysis Faraos
R3 Poland Bernard Mróz Germany Marc Stwerka Spain Repsol Swinegel Racing Brazil Otávio de Barros
7 R1 Austria Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 11 May Germany Constantin Grimminger Germany Constantin Grimminger Germany Marc Stwerka Spain Repsol Swinegel Racing Argentina Germán Soto
R2 Germany Constantin Grimminger Venezuela Jesús Chirinos Venezuela C-Force Racing Argentina Germán Soto
R3 Poland Bernard Mróz UK Matthew Allington UK MAD Bears YTF1 Argentina Germán Soto
8 R1 Japan Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka 18 May Spain Carlos Frau UK Matthew Allington UK Matthew Allington UK MAD Bears YTF1 Greece Dimitris Giannopoulos
R2 UK Matthew Allington France Samuel Perryman none none
R3 Germany Phillip Volland Germany Phillip Volland Germany MPG Competition Greece Dimitris Giannopoulos
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 1 Germany Marc Stwerka 3 11† 2 1 5 6 2 5 3 1 5 1 1 4 2 4 2 1 1 3 3 5 2 8 399
2 17 Spain Carlos Frau 8 1 5 8 3 3 1 3 4 3 3 2 2 2 3 5 5 DNS 6 2 5 4 4 5 339.5
3 13 Germany Phillip Volland 6 4 8 3 2 5 6 7 6 7 1 4 1 DNS WD 4 4 8 2 3 1 269
4 18 Poland Bernard Mróz 9 5 6 10 9 4 2 8 8 4 3 1 6 1 4 3 5 4 3 8 9 263
5 14 Germany Constantin Grimminger 2 3 12 5 1 9 7 2 DNS 5 4 DSQ 2 4 5 2 6 2 230
6 55 Venezuela Jesús Chirinos 11 Ret 13 8 8 DNS 4 7 7 3 1 4 10 7 6 8 1 7 6 6 7 205
7 27 UK Matthew Allington 5 1 1 5 7 1 1 5 2 149.5
8 87 Greece Dionysis Faraos 1 8 9 14† 4 DNS 3 4 2 8 3 3 134
9 80 Poland Bartosz Nowak Ret 9 1 2 8 12 10 9 5 6 9 6 109.5
10 82 Venezuela Cristian Alvarez 7 Ret 2 8† 2 3 7 7 6 101
11 21 Lithuania Aurimas Auga 10 7 4 9 10 7 11† Ret Ret 9† 6 5 11† 10† Ret 10† Ret DNS 100
12 48 Brazil Otávio de Barros 11 DNS 7 4 6 DNS 3 6 2 83
13 11 Germany Martin Jatzek 5 6 10 DNS DNS 10 DNS DNS 7 7 8 7† DNS DNS 9 70.5
14 19 Argentina Francisco Vazquez 7 2 3 13 11† DNS 12† 11† DNS 11† DNS WD 67
15 57 USA Bob Sacamano 4 Ret WD 4 7 11 Ret DNS WD 9† DNS WD 47
16 Guest Driver icon France Samuel Perryman 8 1 4 46
17 35 Mexico Michael Teichmann 12 6 1 39
18 6 Lithuania Martynas Jurgelevičius Ret 10 11 6 Ret 8 29
19 22 Argentina Germán Soto 7 8 6 27
20 12 Greece Dimitris Giannopoulos 9 Ret 3 23
21 69 Argentina Bruno Spano Ret Ret DNS 9 9 DNS 14
22 51 Brazil Victor Bier 9 Ret DNS 7
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 half points were awarded for race 3, as it was stopped after 50% race distance.
  • † – Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed more than 50% of the race distance.

Teams' championship

Pos. Team Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR*
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points
1 Germany MPG Competition 2 1 5 3 1 3 1 2 4 3 1 2 2 2 3 1 4 5 2 2 2 2 3 1 713.5
5 3 8 5 2 5 6 3 6 5 3 4 2 5 7† 4 4 5 4 4 5
2 Spain Repsol Swinegel Racing 3 2 2 1 5 2 2 5 3 1 5 1 1 4 2 4 2 1 1 3 3 5 2 6 578
4 11† 3 4 7 6 8† 2 3 12† 11† DNS 9† DNS WD 7 7 8
3 Poland Team Berni 9 5 1 2 8 4 10 9 5 2 6 5 4 3 1 6 1 4 3 5 4 3 8 9 420.5
10 7 4 6 9 7 11† Ret Ret 6 8 6 11† 10† DNS 10† Ret DNS
4 Venezuela C-Force Racing 11 Ret 13 8 8 DNS 4 7 7 3 1 4 10 7 6 7 1 6 6 6 7 246
Ret Ret DNS 9 9 DNS 8 8 7
5 Greece Team Iris 1 8 9 14† 4 DNS 3 4 2 8 3 3 9 Ret 3 157
6 UK MAD Bears YTF1 5 1 1 5 7 1 1 5 2 149.5
7 Brazil KRT/Goiaba Racing 4 6 DNS 3 6 2 76
9 Ret DNS
8 Mexico TR Bluvos Motorsports 12 6 1 39
Pos. 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 race counted towards the teams' championship.
  • * – Only half points were awarded for race 3, as it was stopped after 50% race distance.

Constructors' championship

Pos. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR*
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points
1 Spain CUPRA 1 2 1 1 5 2 2 5 3 1 2 1 1 3 1 5 1 1 1 3 3 3 2 6 465
2 Germany Audi 2 1 5 3 1 3 1 2 4 3 1 2 2 2 3 1 4 5 2 2 2 2 1 1 460.5
3 Germany Volkswagen 11† DNP 7 12 6 1 5 1 1 3 6 2 5 7 1 1 5 2 248.5
4 Italy Alfa Romeo 11 Ret 13 8 8 Ret 4 7 7 3 1 4 9 7 6 7 1 6 6 6 7 208
5 Japan Honda 14† 4 DNP 3 4 2 8 3 3 9 Ret 3 117
Pos. Driver Belgium
SPA
UK
SIL
Germany
NÜR*
Germany
NOR
Sweden
KNU
Hungary
HUN
Austria
RBR
Japan
SUZ
Singapore
SIN
Australia
BAT
Points

Notes:

  • * – Only half points were awarded for race 3, as it was stopped after 50% race distance.

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 21 Lithuania Aurimas Auga 2 1 2 3 3 1 5† Ret Ret 2 1 1 4† 4† DNS 2† Ret DNS 249
2 87 Greece Dionysis Faraos 1 2 3 4† 1 DNS 1 1 1 2 1 2 226.5
3 80 Poland Bartosz Nowak Ret 3 1 1 2 3 4 3 2 1 2 1 206
4 48 Brazil Otávio de Barros 2 Ret DNS 1 2 1 90
5 22 Argentina Germán Soto 1 1 1 75
6 80 Lithuania Martynas Jurgelevičius Ret 4 4 2 Ret 2 66
7 12 Greece Dimitris Giannopoulos 1 Ret 1 50
8 69 Argentina Bruno Spano Ret Ret DNS 3 3 DNS 32
9 51 Brazil Victor Bier 3 Ret DNS 16
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 half points were awarded for race 3, as it was stopped after 50% race distance.