The TCR Asia series is poised for a thrilling comeback after a four-year hiatus due to COVID-19, bringing not one, but two pan-Asian championships to the forefront of Asian motorsport.

By Nida Anis

Established in 2015 at the dawn of the TCR category, the TCR Asia series is set to make its much-anticipated return with a five-event calendar. The series will adhere to its traditional format, featuring two sprint races each weekend.

An exciting 2024 calendar

The 2024 season will kick off with two rounds at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, a venue renowned for hosting the Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix. It will then move to another FIA Grade 1 facility at the Buriram International Circuit in central Thailand.

This will be followed by a round in Zhejiang, in China’s Yangtze River Delta area, before the grand finale at the iconic Shanghai International Circuit, a current FIA Formula One track.

The calendar is as follows:

  • 21st April: Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
  • 5th May: Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
  • 23rd June: Buriram International Circuit, Thailand
  • 14th July: Zhejiang International Circuit, China
  • 8th September: Shanghai International Circuit, China

In addition to the overall category, there will be classifications for amateur Cup Drivers and the newly-announced Gen 1 Cup for older TCR cars.

Three events for new TCR Asia Endurance series

The new TCR Asia Endurance series will kick off its season on the 21st March at Sepang as part of the Sepang 12 Hours. This will be followed by a 4-hour race in Zhuzhou, China, before culminating as part of the Shanghai 8 Hours.

The full calendar for this series is as follows:

  • 21st March: Sepang International Circuit, Sepang 12 Hour
  • TBC: Ningbo International Circuit, 4 Hour
  • 6th October: Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai 8 Hour

Series director Sonenscher “really pleased” to get back to TCR racing in Asia

TCR Asia Series Director, David Sonenscher, expressed his enthusiasm for the series’ return. “I am really pleased that we can finally get back to touring car racing in Asia,” he said.

“We have been constantly monitoring the situation over the past few years and we feel that this is the right time to get things going again.

“I have received a lot of interest, and a certain amount of pressure, from teams and drivers since Macau last November, and that encouraged me to push ahead to make this happen.

“Now that we can formally announce this, I expect things to move forward positively.”

With the return of TCR Asia and the introduction of TCR Asia Endurance, the 2024 season is shaping up to be a landmark year for Asian motorsport, promising thrilling races and intense competition across the continent.

Header photo credit: TCR Asia

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