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TCR champion: TCR will become the BTCC

The TCR UK series will overtake the British Touring Car Championship in “three or four years” according to double TCR champion Josh Files.

Launched in 2014, TCR is a low-cost tin-top formula with several national and international series across the globe. It boasts that cars that are used in one series can also be raced in other TCR championships.

The MSA approved plans for the BRSCC to run a UK TCR series next year.

Though BTCC boss Alan Gow has dismissed the threat from the series, the current leader of the German TCR championship believes drivers will soon be leaving the BTCC to join the new TCR series.

“Drivers will start coming away from BTCC into TRC UK and ultimately it won’t be long, I think in three or four years maximum it will become the BTCC,” he told Motorsport News.

“The nice thing is you can take the same car from the UK to Germany and the next weekend to TCR International – the cars are all the same, so from that perspective it’s greater value for money.

“The cars now already are faster, cheaper to maintain and cheaper to buy, so I don’t really understand what the value is of BTCC apart from TV.”

BTCC teams Motorbase Performance and Team HARD are already looking to join the UK TCR series, which will begin in 2018.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

 

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