TCR Middle East has been relaunched for the 2022/23 season following an agreement between TCR WSC rights holders and series promoter Driving Force Events.
“We believe the TCR is an ideal entry platform for the further development of motorsport in the Gulf region, and we are proud to accept the challenge to launch the TCR Middle East Series via this new and innovative format,” said Andrea Vicarelli, President of Driving Force Events.
This new international series will complement the current Gulf ProCar Championship, which is raced in the UAE and brings together different types of cars alongside TCR cars.
“Now we are fully focused on working with the teams and drivers to customize the inaugural season according to their needs, and present a win-win business model for all stakeholders. We invite all TCR teams and drivers to reach out to us, not only to receive more information, but also to share their opinions and suggestions to help us deliver the TCR East Series successful Middle East for 2022-2023 and beyond.”
The series will feature eight races over a couple of consecutive weekends from December 2022 to February 2023.
The races will last about one hour and feature mandatory stops, with one or two drivers allowed per car.
The season will begin at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on December 9-10, followed by the Dubai Autodrome the following weekend.
Berhayn International Circuit will host the penultimate round on January 27-28, while the season final date of February 3-4 has not yet been confirmed.
“We are pleased with Driving Force Events’ plan to revive the TCR Middle East Series,” said Marcello Lotti, President of WSC.
“We have always been confident that TCR will eventually establish itself in the Middle East, particularly when its winter schedule allows teams and drivers from Europe to race off-season. We also believe that the one-hour race format and night races will make the package more attractive and we hope Driving will succeed. Force Events”.
Held in 2017, then promoted by Creventic, the first season of TCR Middle East ran until 2019, with the 2020 season canceled shortly before its start due to low interest.
Middle East calendar for 2022/23
09-10 / 12 – Yas Marina Circuit – Races 1 and 2 (Night)
17-18 / 12 – Dubai Autodrome – Races 3 and 4
27-28 / 01 – Bahrain International Circuit – Races 5 (night) and 6
04-03/02 – TBC – Races 7 (Night & 8)