BRC Racing Team sets out WTCR vision for 2020
The team, which will compete as BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse, will field the two most recent FIA WTCR drivers’ title winners at the helm of two Hyundai i30 N TCR cars.
Hungarian Norbert Michelisz and Italian Gabriele Tarquini will contest their third consecutive campaign in FIA WTCR as the team aims not only to defend its drivers’ title once again, but also to power to the top of the teams’ standings.
Michelisz, the reigning drivers’ champion, claimed five wins, ten podiums and five pole positions on his journey to the 2019 crown, which went down to the wire in an exciting season-finale showdown. His teammate Tarquini also enjoyed a prosperous season, with wins in Morocco and Hungary adding to a tally of six podium finishes in 2019, securing the team’s second-place finish in the overall standings.
Team Principal of BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse Gabriele Rizzo said: “BRC Racing Team is pleased to return to WTCR for the 2020 season. This was only possible after the cost reduction measures that were approved by the FIA. We believe more needs to be done on this in future, as it is becoming increasingly difficult for teams to raise the budget needed to compete.”
“We are thrilled to be able to confirm Norbert and Gabriele at BRC Racing Team for 2020. They proved to be a potent combination in the Hyundai i30 N TCR in the last two years, and we are confident they will power us to a new level in the season ahead. With two consecutive WTCR titles to defend, we’ll be hard at work in the lead up to the first race to be in the best position possible to fight at the front.”
Norbert Michelisz said: “After the success we enjoyed together last year, I am excited to compete in the Hyundai i30 N TCR in 2020. It will be a tough challenge to take home the title again, but one the whole team is hungry to take on. Our ambition this year is to finish first in both championships. We know Gabriele and I are a fast combination, and we have worked well in the past to achieve our common goal. This year will be no different.”
Gabriele Tarquini said: “I’m very happy to be racing with BRC Hyundai N LUKOIL Squadra Corse for the 2020 WTCR season. We were the car to beat in the i30 N TCR, and our goal is to be the chased, rather than the chasers, again this year. Personally I will be aiming to make more visits to the podium, but we must also keep our focus on the ultimate prize; to take home both WTCR titles.”
BRC Racing Team is the racing department of BRC Gas Equipment.
With a presence in over 70 countries in the world, and a customer portfolio that includes the major car manufacturers, BRC Gas Equipment is a world leader in the production of systems and components for LPG and CNG conversion of vehicles. BRC Racing Team is an integrated project of R&D and Marketing, aimed at promoting the brand and the corporate image through Motorsport.
About the Hyundai i30 N TCR
Announced in February 2017 the i30 N TCR represents Hyundai Motorsport’s first steps into circuit racing. Built and developed by the Customer Racing department at the team’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany the car is based on Hyundai’s high-performance i30 N model. Design work for the project began in September 2016, with the first on track test taking place in April 2017. An exhaustive development schedule ended with the i30 N TCR taking victory in its very first race in the TCR International Series at the Zhejiang Raceway in China. Hyundai Motorsport delivered the first cars to customers in December 2017, with teams competing around the world during 2018.
About the FIA World Touring Car Cup
The WTCR – FIA World Touring Car Cup is promoted by Eurosport Events and administered by the FIA, while a licencing agreement with WSC (owner of the TCR concept and trademark) permits the use of the TCR technical regulations. Customer racing brands including Audi, CUPRA, Honda, Hyundai and Lynk & Co have embraced these more accessible rules. They will be represented during the third WTCR season, which features a 20-race schedule, extensive global TV coverage and an exciting line-up of title-winning drivers. Events include two free practice sessions, a three-phase qualifying shootout and two action-packed races. Points are awarded to the fastest five drivers in qualifying and the top 15 finishers in each race. There are FIA world titles for the winning driver and team.