This week in Motorsport Series news I look at developments in Touring Cars, Porsche Carrera Cup Australia, the brand-new GR Cup in North America, Formula Regional European Championship, SCCA Solo National and more.
- The Toyota Corolla GRS and Fiat Tipo TCR cars are undergoing the official TCR homologation procedure in order to be certified by WSC Group’s Technical Department for racing. The Toyota Corolla is being built by Toyota Gazoo Racing Argentina and is the newest TCR model to appear, whilst the Fiat Tipo TCR has been built by Italian company Tecnodom Sport. More details can be found at Touring Cars.Net.
- A record 31 Porsches will be on the grid for the Paynter Dixon Carrera Cup Australia as it gets ready for its 2022 season opener. Season 2022 represents wholesale change, not only with a host of new faces appearing on the scene, but a complete re-boot with the biggest upgrade to machinery the series has had.
- Toyota has announced the GR Cup, a one-make series for the GR86 for North America. No information has yet been provided on specific venues, but seven races are currently planned for the season.
- Formula Regional European Championship has published its 2022 sporting regulations, which lay out how its new push-to-pass system can be used. According to Formula Scout, “each driver gets five presses of the button per race, with a maximum of 15 seconds of usage of the additional engine performance per push, unless a race is red flagged and restarted in which case the allowance could be reset. P2P can only be used from lap two onwards, not while behind the safety car and only after crossing the line to start a new lap of racing when the safety car returns to the pits. Any violations of the P2P race regulations will result in disqualification, and “in case of repeated offence, this penalty will be added with a start at the back of the grid of the next race in which the driver participates”.
- TCR UK us set for its biggest season yet in 2022. Series boss Stewart Lines admits he is delighted by the size of the field set to do battle for the TCR UK Championship title in 2022, after revealing that 30 registrations have been received for the upcoming campaign. Touring Car Times has all the details.
- Following successful implementation in 2019, SCCA’s Solo department continues its approach of assigning preliminary class-specific run days for the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships six months prior to the event. The method, met with positive feedback from entrants, requires temporarily withholding schedules for a few classes in order to better balance participation numbers for each set of run days, which this year will be Sept. 6-7 and Sept. 8-9 at Lincoln Airpark in Lincoln, NE. More details can be found at the SCCA website here.
- TOYOTA GAZOO Racing New Zealand will support W Series with the logistics required to get racing cars to Formula One race weekends on two different continents in the most sustainable way during the 2022 season. Toyota will send 18 of its FT60 cars to be used by W Series – the international single-seater motor racing championship for female drivers – at their rounds at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain, and Suzuka, Japan, this year. “We actually started talking about our collaboration in early 2020. With the pandemic cancelling W Series’ 2020 season and reducing the scale of the 2021 season, the arrangement was put on hold until now,” explained TRS Category & Operations Manager Nicolas Caillol.
- Grassroots Motorsports asks, and answers the question how did today’s motorsports scene amass so many event options and offerings? “Today’s racers have a lot of choices regarding clubs and formats. Much of that can be traced back to some key events of 1991.”