2018 World Touring Car Cup

2018 World Touring Car Cup
Drivers' Champion:
Gabriele Tarquini
Teams' Champion:
M Racing–YMR
Previous: 2017 (WTCC)
2017 (TCR)
Next: 2019

The FIA World Touring Car Cup (known as the FIA WTCR presented by Oscaro for sponsorship reasons)[1] was an international touring car championship promoted by Eurosport Events and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for touring cars.

The 2018 World Touring Car Cup (WTCR) took over from the World Touring Car Championship and adopted the TCR technical regulations, it was the 14th overall season of the series that dates from the 2005 World Touring Car Championship. The change of name and new rules follow the declining interest in the TC1 regulations used by the World Touring Car Championship between 2014 and 2017 and the growing interest among manufacturers in the TCR touring car category.[2]

Teams and driversEdit

Team Car No. Drivers Rounds
Season entries
  BRC Racing Team[3] Hyundai i30 N TCR[3] 5   Norbert Michelisz[3] All
30   Gabriele Tarquini[3] All
  DG Sport Compétition[4] Peugeot 308 GTi TCR[4] 7   Aurélien Comte[4] All
70   Maťo Homola[5] All
  Zengő Motorsport[6] CUPRA León TCR[6] 8   Norbert Nagy[6] All
66   Zsolt Szabó[7] All
  Boutsen Ginion Racing[8][9] Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8)[8] 9   Tom Coronel[10] All
18   Tiago Monteiro[11] 9
55   Ma Qing Hua[12] 7–8, 10
63   Benjamin Lessennes[13] 1–6
  Team Mulsanne[14][15] Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR[14] 10   Gianni Morbidelli[16] 1–5
16   Luigi Ferrara[17] 9–10
31   Kevin Ceccon[18] 6–10
88   Fabrizio Giovanardi[19] 1–8
  M Racing-YMR[20][15] Hyundai i30 N TCR[20] 11   Thed Björk[20] All
48   Yvan Muller[20] All
  Sébastien Loeb Racing[21] Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR[21] 12   Robert Huff[22] All
25   Mehdi Bennani[23] All
  ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport[11] Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8)[11] 15   James Thompson[24] 1–5
42   Timo Scheider[25][N 1] 7–10
68   Yann Ehrlacher[26] All
86   Esteban Guerrieri[11] All
  Audi Sport Team Comtoyou[15] Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[27] 20   Denis Dupont[27] All
22   Frédéric Vervisch[28] All
  Comtoyou Racing[27][29] 21   Aurélien Panis[30] All
23   Nathanaël Berthon[28] All
  Team Oscaro by Campos Racing[31][15] CUPRA León TCR[31][32] 27   John Filippi[31] All
74   Pepe Oriola[33] All
  Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team WRT[34] Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[34] 52   Gordon Shedden[35] All
69   Jean-Karl Vernay[35] All
Wildcard entries
  Bas Koeten Racing[36] Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[36] 2   Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau[36] 4
3   Michael Verhagen[37] 4
  PCT-IXO Models Racing Team[38] Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR[38] 6   Rui Valente[38] 10
  Veloso Motorsport[39] CUPRA León TCR[39] 13   Edgar Florindo[39] 5
  Brutal Fish Racing Team[40] Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR[40] 17   Andrej Studenič[40] 6
  KCMG[41] Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8)[41] 19   Attila Tassi[41] 2
94   Kris Richard[42] 3
  Target Competition[43] Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK2)[43] 26   José Rodrigues[43] 5
  Teamwork Motorsport[38] Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[38] 28   Kevin Tse[38] 10
  Audi Sport Team WRT[44] Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[44] 33   René Rast[44] 3
  TSRT Zuver Team[38] Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[38] 36   Lo Kai Fung[38] 10
  Fullin Race Academy[40] CUPRA León TCR[40] 44   Petr Fulín[40] 6
  Champ Motorsport[38] Audi RS 3 LMS TCR[38] 60   Filipe de Souza[38] 10
77   Lam Kam San[38] 10
  MacPro Racing Team[38] Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8)[38] 89   André Couto[38] 10
  M1RA[45] Hyundai i30 N TCR[45] 99   Dániel Nagy[45] 2

Team and driver changesEdit

CalendarEdit

The 2018 championship was contested over thirty rounds in Europe, Africa and East Asia.

A provisional calendar was released in December 2017.[51] In March 2018 an additional round in China was added at the Wuhan Street Circuit.

Rnd. Race Race Name Circuit Date Supporting
1 1 AFRIQUIA Race of Morocco   Circuit International Automobile Moulay El Hassan 7 April stand-alone event
2 8 April
3
2 4 Race of Hungary   Hungaroring 28 April stand-alone event
5 29 April
6
3 7 Race of Germany   Nürburgring Nordschleife 10 May Nürburgring 24 Hours
8 12 May
9
4 10 Race of the Netherlands   Circuit Zandvoort 20 May TCR Europe Series
TCR Benelux Touring Car Championship
TCR Swiss Trophy
11 21 May
12
5 13 Race of Portugal   Circuito Internacional de Vila Real 23 June Campeonato Nacional de Velocidade Turismos
14 24 June
15
6 16 Race of Slovakia[52]   Automotodróm Slovakia Ring 14 July 2018 European Truck Racing Championship
17
18 15 July
7 19 Race of China – Ningbo   Ningbo International Circuit 29 September China Touring Car Championship
TCR China Touring Car Championship
20 30 September
21
8 22 Race of China – Wuhan[53]   Wuhan Street Circuit 6 October China Touring Car Championship
China Endurance Championship
China Racing Truck Championship
23 7 October
24
9 25 JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan   Suzuka Circuit 27 October Super Formula Championship
26 28 October
27
10 28 Guia Race of Macau   Guia Circuit, Macau 17 November FIA F3 World Cup
FIA GT World Cup
Macau Touring Car Cup
29 18 November
30

Rule changesEdit

Sporting regulationsEdit

  • With titles for drivers and teams only the new series will receive "World Cup" rather than "World Championship" status. Manufacturers will be able to develop cars for competition that are then sold to privateer entrants and will also be allowed to provide ongoing support and development to those teams.[2]
  • The WTCR series will be capped at 26 entries with up to two wildcards nominated by the organizers at each race weekend. The entry cap will be in place for all races except for Macau where six wildcards were nominated.[38] All Teams will have to enter a minimum two cars with an entry fee of 150,000 Euro.[54]
  • The weekend format was also changed. Now there are three races per weekend instead of two with the first race being held on Saturdays with its own 30-minute qualifying session right after the two Free Practice sessions. On Sundays there is going to be another qualifying session to determine the grid for Race 3, while Race 2's starting grid will have the Top 10 drivers from the session in reverse order.[55]
  • The tires will be supplied by Yokohama and the fuel by Panta.[56]

ResultsEdit

Race Race Name Pole Position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Report
1   Race of Morocco   Thed Björk   Gabriele Tarquini   Gabriele Tarquini   BRC Racing Team Report
2   Jean-Karl Vernay   Jean-Karl Vernay   Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team WRT
3   Gabriele Tarquini   Gabriele Tarquini   Gabriele Tarquini   BRC Racing Team
4   Race of Hungary   Norbert Michelisz   Esteban Guerrieri   Yann Ehrlacher   ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Report
5   Dániel Nagy   Robert Huff   Sébastien Loeb Racing
6   Norbert Michelisz   Yann Ehrlacher   Gabriele Tarquini   BRC Racing Team
7   Race of Germany   Thed Björk   Norbert Michelisz   Yvan Muller   M Racing-YMR Report
8   Norbert Michelisz   Esteban Guerrieri   ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport
9   Thed Björk   Frédéric Vervisch   Thed Björk   M Racing-YMR
10   Race of the Netherlands   Robert Huff   Yann Ehrlacher   Yann Ehrlacher   ALL-INKL.COM Munnich Motorsport Report
11   Jean-Karl Vernay   Aurélien Comte   DG Sport Compétition
12   Jean-Karl Vernay   Jean-Karl Vernay   Jean-Karl Vernay   Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team WRT
13   Race of Portugal   Robert Huff   Gabriele Tarquini   Yvan Muller   M Racing-YMR Report
14   Thed Björk   Maťo Homola   DG Sport Compétition
15   Thed Björk   Thed Björk   Thed Björk   M Racing-YMR
16   Race of Slovakia   Gabriele Tarquini   Pepe Oriola   Pepe Oriola   Team Oscaro by Campos Racing Report
17   Gabriele Tarquini   Gabriele Tarquini   BRC Racing Team
18   Norbert Michelisz   Norbert Michelisz   Norbert Michelisz   BRC Racing Team
19   Race of China – Ningbo   Thed Björk   Thed Björk   Thed Björk   M Racing-YMR Report
20   Yvan Muller   Yvan Muller   M Racing-YMR
21   Thed Björk   Thed Björk   Thed Björk   M Racing-YMR
22   Race of China – Wuhan   Jean-Karl Vernay   Jean-Karl Vernay   Jean-Karl Vernay   Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team WRT Report
23   Mehdi Bennani   Mehdi Bennani   Sébastien Loeb Racing
24   Gordon Shedden   Frédéric Vervisch   Gordon Shedden   Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team WRT
25   Race of Japan   Aurélien Comte   Kevin Ceccon   Kevin Ceccon   Team Mulsanne Report
26   Pepe Oriola   Robert Huff   Sébastien Loeb Racing
27   Kevin Ceccon   Gabriele Tarquini   Gabriele Tarquini   BRC Racing Team
28   Guia Race of Macau   Robert Huff   Robert Huff   Jean-Karl Vernay   Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team WRT Report
29   Robert Huff   Frédéric Vervisch   Audi Sport Team Comtoyou
30   Robert Huff   Yann Ehrlacher   Esteban Guerrieri   ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport

Championship standingsEdit

Drivers' championshipEdit

Championship points were awarded on the results of each race at each event as follows:

Position[57]  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Race 1[57] 27 20 17 14 12 10 8 6 4 2
Second Qualifying[57] 5 4 3 2 1
Race 2[57] 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Race 3[57] 30 23 19 16 13 10 7 4 2 1

(key)

Pos. Driver MAR
 
HUN
 
GER
 
NLD
 
PRT
 
SVK
 
NIN
 
WUH
 
JPN
 
MAC
 
 Pts. 
1   Gabriele Tarquini 1 19† 11 6 4 12 Ret Ret DNS Ret 19 18 4 9 23 3 1 Ret 4 Ret 24 17 NC 13 8 5 12 4 Ret 10 306
2   Yvan Muller 11 9 22 4 3 3 1 4 34 Ret 24† Ret 1 2 11 12 3 Ret4 7 1 Ret 15 9 Ret 3 10 21† 2 3 4 303
3   Esteban Guerrieri 6 8 14 2 5 223 Ret 1 8 6 7 45 2 Ret 13 Ret 8 Ret3 2 3 Ret3 7 13 45 4 Ret 18 6 5 12 267
4   Norbert Michelisz Ret 7 53 3 6 21 4 5 Ret3 Ret 23 22† Ret 5 32 23† 6 11 Ret 11 52 Ret 14 14 11 3 9 5 Ret 33 246
5   Jean-Karl Vernay 4 1 9 8 10 10 5 7 7 5 Ret 11 5 4 10 2 NC Ret Ret Ret 12 1 5 154 6 14 10 1 Ret 22†4 245
6   Pepe Oriola 18† 3 10 16 Ret 19 8 2 6 23† 4 10 3 3 44 1 4 8 13 9 7 2 4 6 10 2 19 7 Ret 6 245
7   Thed Björk 2 5 34 9 12 9 2 Ret 11 14 16 15 Ret 10 11 13 10 4 1 7 11 12 Ret 10 Ret 12 8 11 Ret 8 242
8   Robert Huff 3 18 7 5 1 8 3 Ret Ret 3 8 22 Ret DNS DNS 19 Ret 13 6 5 65 14 10 Ret 23 1 6 3 24 21 242
9   Frédéric Vervisch Ret Ret Ret 13 17 18 Ret 3 22 Ret 9 34 10 17 6 Ret 7 3 3 6 4 4 6 22 9 11 7 12 1 13 228
10   Yann Ehrlacher 7 4 45 1 Ret 44 19 6 Ret5 1 2 6 Ret 7 75 6 9 14 8 18† 19 18 15 12 Ret 9 Ret4 14 6 55 204
11   Aurélien Comte 8 Ret DNS 17 16 13 18 13 15 2 1 7 6 Ret DNS 4 13 22 16 Ret 16 5 2 Ret 2 7 23 20 12 16 191
12   Mehdi Bennani 9 2 6 10 7 17 13 10 9 8 5 8 Ret DNS DNS 21 Ret Ret 5 2 10 13 1 9 5 8 45 15 10 Ret 155
13   Gordon Shedden 5 11 18† 18 15 12 7 18 13 4 6 53 9 6 17† 17 15 Ret 14 14 13 3 Ret 11 18 18 16 Ret 14 Ret 122
14   Kevin Ceccon 16 11 6 12 12 14 6 11 8 1 6 31 Ret 4 7 102
15   Nathanaël Berthon 12 15 Ret 11 14 16 20 8 5 9 15 11 8 Ret Ret 10 12 Ret Ret 8 8 8 3 5 12 17 20† 18 7 9 79
16   Denis Dupont 13 DNS DNS 22 21 21 12 11 12 11 11 12 Ret Ret 14 8 17 15† 9 4 3 10 8 33 16 13 Ret 22 15 15 69
17   Aurélien Panis Ret 14 16 15 20 Ret 11 12 11 10 Ret 13 16† 8 9 9 Ret 10 10 10 9 9 7 11 13 4 5 16 9 Ret 55
18   Mat'o Homola Ret 12 13 20 NC 20 14 14 16 18 18 16 12 1 5 14 16 11 17 16 18 Ret Ret Ret 7 20 15 10 17 12 48
19   Benjamin Lessennes 15 Ret 17 14 8 55 10 Ret 4 19 12 Ret 7 Ret 8 20 DSQ DSQ 48
20   Dániel Nagy 7 2 6 36
21   James Thompson 14 6 8 12 NC 7 22 DSQ 19 12 3 9 Ret DNS DNS 36
22   Timo Scheider 11 19 11 19 Ret Ret 19 16 13 8 2 Ret 24
23   Tom Coronel 21† 10 12 Ret 19 Ret 9 9 10 7 14 Ret Ret 15 Ret 7 DSQ DSQ 15 15 17 Ret Ret 17† 17 19 14 13 16 14 24
24   Fabrizio Giovanardi 19 13 19† 23† 23 Ret 15 Ret 14 22† Ret DNS 11 11 Ret 5 14 7 18 13 Ret Ret 16 Ret 19
25   Norbert Nagy 16 16 15 Ret 11 11 21 17 17 17 20 17 14 13 Ret 11 2 Ret Ret 20† 15 NC Ret 16 22 21 17 23 23 20 18
26   John Filippi 10 17 11 NC 13 Ret 16 Ret 20 15 10 14 Ret 12 16† 18 5 Ret5 Ret Ret 20† 16 Ret DNS 20 22† 12 Ret 11 23† 14
27   Petr Fulín 15 20 5 13
28   René Rast 6 Ret DNS 10
29   Luigi Ferrara 14 23† NC 9 8 Ret 8
30   Ma Qing Hua 19 17 DNS 11 12 7 Ret 13 11 7
31   Zsolt Szabó 17 Ret Ret 21 9 Ret Ret Ret DNS 16 17 Ret 15 Ret DNS 24† 19 9 Ret Ret 21† 20 17 Ret 21 Ret DNS DNQ 22 24† 4
32   Tiago Monteiro 15 15 11 0
33   Edgar Florindo 13 14 12 0
34   Andrej Studenič 22 18 12 0
35   Gianni Morbidelli 20† Ret Ret Ret 22 14 Ret 15 Ret 13 13 21 Ret DNS DNS 0
36   Attila Tassi 19 18 15 0
37   José Rodrigues Ret 16 15† 0
38   Kris Richard 17 16 18 0
39   Kevin Tse Ret 18 17 0
40   Filipe de Souza 17 19 19 0
41   André Couto 21 20 18 0
42   Bernhard van Oranje-Nassau 21 21 19 0
43   Lo Kai Fung 19 21 21 0
44   Michael Verhagen 20 22 20 0
  Lam Kam San DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
  Rui Valente DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Pos. Driver MAR
 
HUN
 
GER
 
NLD
 
PRT
 
SVK
 
NIN
 
WUH
 
JPN
 
MAC
 
 Pts. 

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap
† – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.

Teams' championshipEdit

(key)

Pos. Team MAR
 
HUN
 
GER
 
NLD
 
PRT
 
SVK
 
NIN
 
WUH
 
JPN
 
MAC
 
 Pts. 
1   M Racing-YMR 11 9 22 4 3 3 1 4 34 Ret 24† Ret 1 2 11 12 3 Ret4 7 1 Ret 15 9 Ret 3 10 21 2 3 4 562
2 5 34 9 12 9 2 Ret 11 14 16 15 Ret 10 11 13 10 4 1 7 11 12 Ret 10 Ret 12 8 11 Ret 8
2   BRC Racing Team 1 19† 11 6 4 12 Ret Ret DNS Ret 19 18 4 9 23 3 1 Ret 4 Ret 24 17 Ret 13 8 5 12 4 Ret 10 559
Ret 7 53 3 6 21 4 5 Ret3 Ret 23 22† Ret 5 32 23† 6 11 Ret 11 52 Ret 14 14 11 3 9 5 Ret 33
3   ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport 7 4 45 1 Ret 44 19 6 Ret5 1 2 6 Ret 7 75 6 9 14 8 18† 19 18 15 12 Ret 9 Ret4 14 6 55 481
6 8 14 2 5 223 Ret 1 8 6 7 45 2 Ret 13 Ret 8 Ret3 2 3 Ret3 7 13 45 4 DNS 18 6 5 12
4   Sébastien Loeb Racing 3 18 7 5 1 8 3 Ret Ret 3 8 22 Ret DNS DNS 19 Ret 13 6 5 65 14 10 Ret 23† 1 6 3 24 21 412
9 2 6 10 7 17 13 10 9 8 5 8 Ret DNS DNS 21 Ret Ret 5 2 10 13 1 9 5 8 45 15 10 Ret
5   Audi Sport Leopard Lukoil Team WRT 4 1 9 8 10 10 5 7 7 5 Ret 11 5 4 10 2 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 1 5 154 6 14 10 1 Ret 22†4 381
5 11 18† 18 15 12 7 18 13 4 6 53 9 6 17 17 15 Ret 14 14 13 3 Ret 11 18 18 16 Ret 14 Ret
6   Audi Sport Team Comtoyou Ret Ret Ret 13 17 18 Ret 3 22 Ret 9 34 10 17 6 Ret 7 3 3 6 4 4 6 22 9 11 7 12 1 13 300
13 DNS DNS 22 21 21 12 11 12 11 11 12 Ret Ret 14 8 17 15† 9 4 3 10 8 33 16 13 Ret 22 15 15
7   Team Oscaro by Campos Racing 18† 3 10 16 Ret 19 8 2 6 23† 4 10 3 3 44 1 4 8 13 9 7 2 4 6 10 2 19 7 Ret 6 272
10 17 11 Ret 13 Ret 16 Ret 20 15 10 14 Ret 12 16 18 5 Ret5 Ret Ret 20 16 Ret DNS 20 22 12 Ret 11 23†
8   DG Sport Compétition 8 Ret DNS 17 16 13 18 13 15 2 1 7 6 Ret DNS 4 13 22 16 Ret 16 5 2 Ret 2 7 23 20 12 16 242
Ret 12 13 20 NC 20 14 14 16 18 18 16 12 1 5 14 16 11 17 16 18 Ret Ret Ret 7 20 15 10 17 12
9   Comtoyou Racing 12 15 Ret 11 14 16 20 8 5 9 15 11 8 Ret Ret 10 12 Ret Ret 8 8 8 3 5 12 17 20† 18 7 9 144
Ret 14 16 15 20 Ret 11 12 11 10 Ret 13 16† 8 9 9 Ret 10 10 10 9 9 7 11 13 4 5 16 9 Ret
10   Team Mulsanne 19 13 19† 23† 23 Ret 15 Ret 14 22† Ret DNS 11 11 Ret 5 14 7 18 13 Ret Ret 16 Ret 14 23† NC 9 8 Ret 142
20† Ret Ret Ret 22 14 Ret 15 Ret 13 13 21 Ret DNS DNS 16 11 6 12 12 14 6 11 8 1 6 31 Ret 4 7
11   Boutsen Ginion Racing 15 Ret 17 14 8 55 10 Ret 4 19 12 Ret 7 Ret 8 20 DSQ DSQ 19 17 DNS 11 12 7 15 15 11 Ret 13 11 86
21† 10 12 Ret 19 Ret 9 9 10 7 14 Ret Ret 15 Ret 7 DSQ DSQ 15 15 17 Ret Ret 17 17 19 14 13 16 14
12   Zengo Motorsport 17 Ret Ret 21 9 Ret Ret Ret DNS 16 17 Ret Ret 21 DNS Ret 19 9 Ret Ret 21 20 17 Ret 21 Ret DNS DNQ 22 24† 29
16 16 15 Ret 11 11 21 17 17 17 20 17 14 13 Ret 11 2 Ret Ret 20 15 Ret Ret 16 22 21 17 23 23 20
Wildcard teams entries ineligible to score points
  M1RA 7 2 6 36
  Fullin Race Academy 15 20 5 13
  Audi Sport Team WRT 6 Ret DNS 10
  Veloso Motorsport 13 14 12 0
  Brutal Fish Racing Team 22 18 12 0
  KCMG 19 18 15 0
17 16 18
  Target Competition Ret 16 15 0
  Teamwork Motorsport Ret 18 17 0
  Champ Motorsport 17 19 19 0
DNQ DNQ DNQ
  MacPro Racing Team 21 20 18 0
  Bas Koeten Racing 21 21 19 0
20 22 20
  TSRT Zuver Team 19 21 21 0
  PCT–IXO Models Racing Team DNQ DNQ DNQ 0
Pos. Team MAR
 
HUN
 
GER
 
NLD
 
PRT
 
SVK
 
NIN
 
WUH
 
JPN
 
MAC
 
 Pts. 

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

† – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.

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NotesEdit

  1. ^ Scheider is a German driver who raced under Austrian racing license.

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