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ETCR on Track for Up to Four Events in 2020

Debut of electric touring car platform delayed but still on track for multiple races in 2020…

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The first ETCR races are still set to take place next year despite a quiet period since the category’s official launch in October.

E-racing365 has learned that as many as four races are planned for the electric touring car category’s debut season in 2020, ahead of a likely full-scale rollout in 2021.

A spokesperson for WSC, the promoter of the TCR platform, confirmed to e-racing365 that the plan is to debut ETCR with one event in Europe either in late June or early July of 2020.

This will be followed by two or three other events “overseas”, held between October and December 2020.

Further details are expected to be revealed soon, with the statement from WSC revealing that “the final details will be fixed in September”.

The initial plan for ETCR’s launch revolved around a full international series throughout 2020 with regional series to follow, in a similar make-up to the launch of TCR a few years ago.

“The plan would be, maybe in two years after the worldwide championship starts, to start regional series in Europe, and in Asia, and maybe also in America,” Mauricio Slaviero Campos, CEO of ETCR parent company WSC Technology, told e-racing365 last year.

“Our main goal is to have the same concept that we have in TCR in ETCR in the future.”

It’s currently unclear how many manufacturers will be present for these inaugural races in 2020, with launch partner Cupra still the only brand with a car launched.

Hyundai, which confirmed its ETCR participation to e-racing365 in November, is set to reveal an electric race car next month, which is understood to be its ETCR platform.

News surrounding ETCR has been fairly quiet since SEAT’s Cupra e-Racer took to the track in an official launch event at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in October.

Since then, Williams Advanced Engineering has been confirmed as the class’ sole battery supplier, while Eurosport Events has been chosen as series promoter.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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