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Old 18 Jan 2020, 18:44 (Ref:3952229)   #166
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Abouth the Subaru. With respect but, I think everybody here in the TCR topics would advise NOT to buy that car. The Aussies did not do their homework.
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Old 18 Jan 2020, 22:49 (Ref:3952247)   #167
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They bought the Subarus for the sake of variety, and that they had a factory driver lined up for a seat.
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Old 22 Jan 2020, 09:08 (Ref:3952703)   #168
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Well, Catsburg says that he wants to continue in WTCR too, besides his Corvette and BMW programmes, and it seems like he will stay at Hyundai.

https://www.fiawtcr.com/split-role-n...6qKCv6gBGxj9Mc

And PWR extended their contract with Seat/Cupra in STCC, so this could mean a WTCR program for them with new Cupras.

https://www.touringcartimes.com/2020...P2cqp9e8H3yZa0
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Old 23 Jan 2020, 07:12 (Ref:3952877)   #169
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He managed 2nd on the road in Monza (demoted to 3rd with a penalty) and 4th in Imola, but retired with suspension damage after clattering kerbs in the other races on both weekends. The car clearly had pace but was about as fragile as a pane of glass.

For Catsburg, 2019 wasn't brilliant but he was far from terrible and was usually somewhere in the points, he might come good given he has a year less behind the wheel of a TCR car than most of the 'factory' drivers.

In the end, Catsburg had to help the team in the second half of season, which doesn't help your own results.
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January is about to finish and only 4 drivers were confirmed for the new season. It doesn't sounds brilliant for a FIA World Cup. We're going to go through tough times - that's life.
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Old 25 Jan 2020, 17:19 (Ref:3953321)   #171
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Interestingly enough (and for some reason not communicated by anybody), sporting rules for 2020 allow teams to run a 3rd car for a rookie driver. THis rookie driver will not be eligible to score for the Teams' title though
And there is no limit per manufacturer (a shame really, because I feel there is a risk that half of the field will run Hyundais)

Article 13.8. Except for the race-by-race entries, a competitor must enter
two (2) cars. A competitor may enter one (1) additional car for a "rookie" driver as per Article 6.2.
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Old 25 Jan 2020, 18:10 (Ref:3953346)   #172
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And there is no limit per manufacturer (a shame really, because I feel there is a risk that half of the field will run Hyundais)
Yep but this is of course a result of the departure of Audi and VW.
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Old 29 Jan 2020, 09:00 (Ref:3954358)   #173
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January is about to finish and only 4 drivers were confirmed for the new season. It doesn't sounds brilliant for a FIA World Cup. We're going to go through tough times - that's life.
But you know that this was the case in last year too, and in the WTCC era a few times. Announcements coming really late, in February and March as drivers secure contracts and budgets really late. There is nothing announced in TCR Europe too. And many announcements are sponsor/event dependent. Like Coronel having a contract for months now, but is waiting (in my opinion) for the team to officially announce their plans.
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January is about to finish and only 4 drivers were confirmed for the new season. It doesn't sounds brilliant for a FIA World Cup. We're going to go through tough times - that's life.
The lack of announcement does not mean that there are no deals done behind the curtain. They announce it when it is the best for the sponsors, etc.
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Old 29 Jan 2020, 15:14 (Ref:3954433)   #175
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Typical Juntos, having a meltdown about grid sizes... Funny how they often end up about right when it actually gets to the first race.

Might not be worth judging months in advance..
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Old 29 Jan 2020, 16:06 (Ref:3954441)   #176
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Interestingly enough (and for some reason not communicated by anybody), sporting rules for 2020 allow teams to run a 3rd car for a rookie driver. THis rookie driver will not be eligible to score for the Teams' title though
And there is no limit per manufacturer (a shame really, because I feel there is a risk that half of the field will run Hyundais)

Article 13.8. Except for the race-by-race entries, a competitor must enter
two (2) cars. A competitor may enter one (1) additional car for a "rookie" driver as per Article 6.2.
Strange that it was never officially announced. Good to see more rookies get a chance, but I do agree we risk a Hyundai takeover. I guess it'a better that than a 12 car grid!

Hopefully the announcements start picking up soon.
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Old 29 Jan 2020, 17:19 (Ref:3954455)   #177
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Typical Juntos, having a meltdown about grid sizes... Funny how they often end up about right when it actually gets to the first race.
Last minute deals.
Cheap deals.
We all know how it works.
When you learn, teach.
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Old 30 Jan 2020, 16:33 (Ref:3954590)   #178
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In all fairness, there were roughly 3 times more entries announced this time last year. I think Hyundai and Cyan have some yet to be announced deals worked out, possibly PWR and Cupra too, but aside from that it does seem very uncertain..the grid size should still be better than TC1 though (fingers crossed firmly).

The main problem TCR has is justifying the expense compared to competing in GT3.
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Old 30 Jan 2020, 18:03 (Ref:3954601)   #179
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If the deals were in place, and everything was just fine, we'd have hear more announcements by now.

Even Cyan and Hyundai have their own headaches.
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Old 30 Jan 2020, 20:52 (Ref:3954633)   #180
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The main problem is the series isn't sure what it is meant to be. The series allegedly doesn't have works entries (albeit a few are indistinguishable from being works entries) yet goes to a load of venues that have little appeal to the wealthy amateur driver (Morocco, China, Korea and Malaysia might interest manufacturers, but not most gentlemen drivers). And the 4 of the 5 rounds in Europe are pretty uninspiring too. Compare that with a GT series, where the amateur can get a top line driver to share his car with, race a Ferrari, Lamborghini or Mercedes and travel to a range of top circuits in Europe such as Brands Hatch, Zandvoort, Catalunya, Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps, it's not difficult to see why GT makes a lot more sense.
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