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Old 27 Nov 2021, 16:54 (Ref:4085637)   #1
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WTCR 2022

WTCR have announced their 2022 schedule

April 9/10 – Czech Republic – Autodrom Most
May 7/8 – France – Circuit de Pau-Ville
May 26/28 – Germany – Nürburgring Nordschleife
June 11/12 – Hungary – Hungaroring
June 25/26 – Spain – MotorLand Aragón
July 2/3 – Portugal – Circuito do Vila Real
August 6/7 – Russia – Sochi Autodrom
October 8/9 – South Korea – Inje Speedium
November 5/6 – China – Ningbo International Speedpark
November 18/20 – Macau – Circuito da Guia

- Increased to 10 rounds with a return to the Far East (Covid permitting)
- 3 street circuits (Pau, Vila Real & Macau)

The Hungary date is interesting as that's Le Mans weekend. Assuming Eurosport have their usual wall to wall LM programming then expect even less WTCR coverage than normal.
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Old 27 Nov 2021, 18:27 (Ref:4085653)   #2
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April 9/10 – Czech Republic – Autodrom Most - Didn't produce very good racing in 2021 but is now the only option for a Czech round since Brno is closing.
May 7/8 – France – Circuit de Pau-Ville - Too narrow, nigh-on impossible to overtake. Rubbish. Even Paul Ricard would be a better choice.
May 26/28 – Germany – Nürburgring Nordschleife - Fantastic piece of tarmac, although it doesn't exactly provide good racing with a single-class field of around 20 cars.
June 11/12 – Hungary – Hungaroring - Touring cars suit the track quite well. I've enjoyed most of the events I've seen there and the Norbi fans make it better.
June 25/26 – Spain – MotorLand Aragón - Good circuit, it's produced some entertaining racing over the last couple of seasons.
July 2/3 – Portugal – Circuito do Vila Real - Awful for racing. Looks great fun to drive though. Estoril was good this year, go back there.
August 6/7 – Russia – Sochi Autodrom - I've only seen TCR International with a small grid here and it wasn't great. It'll be easier to make a judgement after seeing this weekend's races. It's not exactly anyone's favourite though, is it?
October 8/9 – South Korea – Inje Speedium - I've only seen a 5-car TCR Korea race here, so I can't really judge it. Looks like a good track though.
November 5/6 – China – Ningbo International Speedpark - A typical soulless and overly technical modern track, although the racing isn't terrible. I'd rather see them at Zhuhai.
November 18/20 – Macau – Circuito da Guia - The best street circuit, I absolutely love it. It will be great to see an international field competing in the Guia race again.
Could do better.
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Old 16 Dec 2021, 10:25 (Ref:4090036)   #3
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Could do better.
totally agree with you! They always talk about cost reduction or atleast to keep under control the costs and then they go in vila real and pau which has no sense!
they could make a track in a parking of supermarket and it would be the same!
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Old 27 Nov 2021, 20:33 (Ref:4085663)   #4
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Ah, Brno is closing?

Agree that there are better options for the calendar, 3 street circuits is a bit too much. Wish they'd do a British round, but money talks.
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Old 27 Nov 2021, 20:35 (Ref:4085665)   #5
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miss the old days with proper cars, big grids , great tracks and exiting racing

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Old 27 Nov 2021, 21:12 (Ref:4085670)   #6
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Nothing on this side of the Atlantic, if they want to expand tcr should look on this direction too.
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Old 28 Nov 2021, 20:06 (Ref:4085793)   #7
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All in all - a nice looking calendar, though would exchange Most for any other (wider) circuit.
Shame WTCR won't come back to Brno - racing there was incredible back in WTCC days
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Old 28 Nov 2021, 21:42 (Ref:4085802)   #8
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Sad to hear Brno is closing, it has been a great circuit and it will be hard to replace it
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Old 29 Nov 2021, 07:40 (Ref:4085841)   #9
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Old 29 Nov 2021, 16:54 (Ref:4085908)   #10
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Speaking of the possible driver line-ups, probably its too early for concrete ideas.

Azcona
There were many rumours of Hyundai or Lynk trying to lure Azcona. And the Koreans have now the seat with the retirement of Tarquini.

Zengo/Cupra
Speaking of the Zengo-Cupra relationship, the problem always is that they don't have the budget for pre-season testing and the first few rounds are just real time testing. Huff had a season full of bad luck, plus a few sources tell that the 50-60% of Zengo's budget was spent on his salary (with Cupra paying for the Spanish drivers)... On on long term, I don't really think it is worth it. Gené also had a poor season. And other sources tell that Boldizs run with used parts of the "main drivers" so the 4 car project for Zeng? is probably too much on a longer basis.

Lynk&CO
I'm pretty sure Lynk will come back, but with or without Muller driving is a different question.

Honda
Girolami said before the final round, that he is negotiating with Honda over a 2022 drive in the series.

Other news:
I don't really have any sources about Audi, but the car was fine by the end of the year, so for Comtoyou a return would be a logical step, but the driver line-up depends on the Audi funding.
Target said that they plan a return with new drivers, but without any Hyundai backing they will again be complete outsiders.
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Old 29 Nov 2021, 18:05 (Ref:4085918)   #11
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Although I prefer TCR Europe over WTCR I enjoyed the World Championship this season.

Agree about Zengo. The level of TCR Europe is better suited for them.
But which other team could replace them? Also other teams need budget, or it has to be a team with an owner like Rene Munnich.
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Old 30 Nov 2021, 10:05 (Ref:4085980)   #12
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Not really much point us brits trying to even follow WTCR as Eurosport are absolutely useless at showing the races and I will not pay extra for eurosport player
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Oh, I had hoped for a race in Punta del Este.
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It is a championship that no one cares about. Eurosport Events is destroying it.
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I care about it so you talk nonsense.
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