The Zhejiang Circuit in Shaoxing, China will host the third and final of the TCR Asia events held in China this season before the Series heads off to the Final round at the Bangsaen Street Circuit in Thailand.
The last time TCR Asia visited this circuit was in 2017 alongside the TCR International Series. Once more, the Series regulars will line up alongside their TCR China counterparts and we can look forward to another weekend of close and exciting battles.
The TCR Asia points leader, coming into this round, is reigning Champion Luca Engstler in his Liqui Moly Team Engstler Hyundai i30N TCR. However, he will be pressed hard by experienced Spaniard Pepe Oriola in his Solite Indigo Racing Hyundai, who is looking to improve on his two second placed finishes at the last round in Shanghai, and to claiming his first win of the season.
Ecuadorian Driver, Diego Moran in his Volkswagen Team Oettinger Golf GTI will also be a strong contender, whilst Briton Dan Lloyd in the Dongfeng Honda Mac Pro Racing Team entry will be amongst the potential outright race winners.
TCR Asian Driver’s class leader, Filippino Daniel Miranda, will also be challenging for podium results, as he continues to improve with every outing in his Eurasia Motorsport Hyundai, whilst the second Solite Indigo Racing driver - South Korean, Kim Jin Soo - will try to close the points gap to take the fight onto the streets of Bangsaen, as will popular Chinese driver Gao Hua Yang in the second Eurasia entry.
The TCR Cup class sees a three way dog-fight between points leader Roland Hertner of Germany, Viper Niza’s Dougls Khoo - who is looking to fight back from his two unlucky DNF’s at the Zhuhai round, something which put a large dent in his title challenge - and fast charging Macau Driver KK Ong, who took a pole and two Cup Class wins at the last round, saw him in third in the Cup classification. A repeat performance this weekend would put him in strong contention for the Title.
This weekend also see the return of the iconic MG brand to racing, with the Global debut of the new MG6 Power TCR driven by Macau’s Rodolfo Avila and Zhang Zhen Dong of China. The cars will race under a provisional homologation and will therefore not be eligible for points and will carry the maximum compensation weight for the weekend.
Live timing for Practices and Qualifying will feature on the TCR Asia website whilst both races will be live-streamed through the website and on the TCR Asia Series Faebook page. Details of the streams and the broadcast times will be available on the TCR Asia website and through social media. News, video clips, images and updates will be posted across the weekend.
Rnd#5/6 - 2019 TCR Asia Series
Zhejiang Circuit, China
Friday 5 July, 2019
13:00-13:30 Free Practice 1
15:00-15:30 Free Practice 2
Saturday 6 July 2019
10:50-11:10 Qualifying #1 (20 minutes)
11:15-11:25 Qualifying #2 (10 minutes)
15:45-16:15 Race 1
Sunday 7 July 2019
11:20-11:50 Race 2