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Nordschleife WTCR races cancelled over Goodyear tyre failures

The World Touring Car Cup has cancelled its two races on the Nurburgring Nordschleife this weekend because of safety fears over Goodyear’s control tyres on the 15.77-mile circuit.

Ekstrom partners with CUPRA to compete in ETCR with his own team

CUPRA has announced EKS, the team of the current ETCR champion Mattias Ekstrom, as its new partner in the electric touring car championship.

How TCR offers a platform for combustion and electric tin-top racing

The TCR formula used in the FIA World Touring Car Cup, and inspiring the eTouring Car World Cup, was introduced in 2015 and signalled a new era for tin-top racing worldwide.

Hyundai announces shock departure of team principal Andrea Adamo
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Hyundai announces shock departure of team principal Andrea Adamo

Hyundai Motorsport has announced team principal Andrea Adamo will leave the team with immediate effect after six years with the Korean marque.

Double victory ends Cupra drivers’ WTCR season on a high

Cupra drivers Rob Huff and Mikel Azcona were delighted to end the FIA World Touring Car Cup season on a high by sharing a pair of victories in Sochi’s WTCR finale.

Sochi WTCR: Huff becomes 12th race winner in season finale

Rob Huff scored his first World Touring Car Cup victory of the season and became the 12th winner in 16 races in a thrilling wet-weather finale at Sochi. 

Sochi WTCR: Ehrlacher champion, Azcona scores first win of 2021

Yann Ehrlacher secured his second consecutive World Touring Car Cup title with a safe sixth place finish in race one at a sodden Sochi, as Mikel Azcona came from eighth on the grid to score his first win of the season.

WTCR reveals 2022 calendar, includes Pau street track

The WTCR series has revealed its 2022 calendar, which includes a first trip to the classic Pau street circuit since 2009 and a return to its traditional Macau season finale.

Why Pure ETCR champion Cupra chooses electric motorsport

The momentum behind electric motorsport gathered pace in 2021 with the introduction of the Pure ETCR touring car championship and Extreme E off-road category.

Archive: Why Tarquini's passion for racing survived F1 "humiliation"

Gabriele Tarquini has an unenviable Formula 1 record for the most failures to qualify. But the Italian's spirit remained undiminished, which explains in part why the tin-top ace is only now retiring, aged 59. Anthony Peacock visited him at his apartment for a feature in the 31 January 2013 issue of Autosport magazine to understand his enduring love for racing

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59 Prime

The much-loved tin-top superstar bowing out at 59

OPINION: It's not often that a driver achieves widespread affection for their personality, as well as their on-track performances. One such individual is Gabriele Tarquini, who will soon bring the curtain down on a remarkable career that has yielded touring car titles on the European and global stage - and, famously, in Britain too

Weight to blame for Cupra’s disappointing weekend at Adria

Cupra drivers Rob Huff and Mikel Azcona say the WTCR’s Balance of Performance and compensation weight have hurt their performance at the past two rounds of the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

WTCR Adria: Ehrlacher closes on title with victory Adria
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WTCR Adria: Ehrlacher closes on title with victory

Yann Ehrlacher has one hand on a second consecutive World Touring Car Cup after scoring a convincing victory from pole position at Adria in Italy.

Touring car legend Tarquini announces retirement at 59
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Touring car legend Tarquini announces retirement at 59

Touring car legend Gabriele Tarquini has announced he will retire at the end of the current FIA World Touring Car Cup season, bringing down the curtain on a professional racing career spanning almost 40 years.

The people behind Cupra's on-track racing success

At every level of motorsport, behind each on-track racing success there is a team working hard in the background to make it happen.

Ekstrom praises Cupra Racing team after winning Pure ETCR title

Mattias Ekstrom has hailed his Cupra Racing team after being crowned the inaugural Pure ETCR champion following a dramatic showdown at Pau-Arnos in France.

Ekstrom crowned inaugural Pure ETCR champion in France

Mattias Ekstrom and CUPRA X Zengo Motorsport became the inaugural Pure ETCR champions in a brutal season finale at Pau-Arnos in France.

France WTCR: Vernay wins to remain in title hunt Pau-Arnos
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France WTCR: Vernay wins to remain in title hunt

Jean-Karl Vernay reignited his World Touring Car Cup title hopes with a vital victory on home soil, beating fellow Frenchman Yvan Muller at Pau-Arnos.

Cupra’s Azcona targets WTCR title after sealing TCR Europe honours Most
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Cupra’s Azcona targets WTCR title after sealing TCR Europe honours

Cupra Racing’s Mikel Azcona believes he can challenge for the WTCR crown after finishing in second place in the second race at Most, just 24 hours after wrapping up the TCR Europe title.

Most WTCR: Michelisz and Girolami share the spoils

Norbert Michelisz and Nestor Girolami made it ten different winners from ten rounds as the World Touring Car Cup paid its first visit to Most in the Czech Republic.

TCR Europe title bid boosts Azcona’s WTCR challenge

Mikel Azcona believes his TCR Europe championship bid is helping his World Touring Car Cup performances, as he plans to compete in both on the same weekend – in different countries – next month.

Versatility vital to Ekstrom's Pure ETCR title challenge

Versatility is proving vital to Mattias Ekstrom’s Pure ETCR championship challenge as he spearheads Cupra’s programmes in both the electric touring car series and the off-road Extreme E.

Azcona delighted with “amazing” weekend in WTCR and Pure ETCR Hungaroring
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Azcona delighted with “amazing” weekend in WTCR and Pure ETCR

Cupra driver Mikel Azcona hailed an “amazing” weekend after claiming two WTCR podiums and victory in Pure ETCR at his Zengo Motorsport squad’s home circuit of the Hungaroring.

Hungary WTCR: Urrutia wins to draw level on points with Ehrlacher

Santiago Urrutia became the eighth different race winner from eight races in the 2021 World Touring Car Cup with victory at the Hungaroring, leaving him level on points with fellow Lynk & Co driver and reigning champion Yann Ehrlacher at the top of the standings.

Revised WTCR season to conclude with Sochi title decider
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Revised WTCR season to conclude with Sochi title decider

The FIA World Touring Car Cup has added three new venues to cap off the 2021 season, with the final round now set to take place at the Sochi Autodrom in November.

Ekstrom: Consistency and adaptability key to Pure ETCR title

Pure ETCR series leader Mattias Ekstrom believes the inaugural champion will be a driver and team that performs consistently well in all environments.

Eng wins on Pure ETCR debut to head Romeo Ferraris 1-2

Philipp Eng scored victory on his Pure ETCR debut on the streets of Copenhagen to head a highly-emotional one-two finish for Romeo Ferraris-M1RA.

Behind the scenes in the ETCR

CUPRA has arrived in the new electric touring car championship, Pure ETCR, with four strong drivers in its lineup. The Spanish firm explains to us how it all works from behind the scenes.

Ekstrom surprised by Pure ETCR enjoyment

Mattias Ekstrom has been surprised by how much he is enjoying a switch to electric touring car racing after becoming the latest winner of the all-new Pure ETCR series.

Aragon WTCR: Vervisch delivers first win for new Audi Aragon
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Aragon WTCR: Vervisch delivers first win for new Audi

Frederic Vervisch won the second World Touring Car Cup race from pole at Aragon, while Gabriele Tarquini scored his first win in two years in the opening contest.

Azcona: Petrol, electric touring car double duty “a great challenge”

Mikel Azcona expects racing a traditional internal combustion engine touring car and an electric tin top on the same weekend to provide a “great challenge”.

Huff lands first WTCR points despite “out of our hands” speed deficit

Rob Huff opened his FIA World Touring Car Cup points account for the season despite a speed deficit to his rivals being “out of his hands” in Estoril.

Estoril WTCR: Honda's Tassi wins as loose bonnet costs Monteiro
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Estoril WTCR: Honda's Tassi wins as loose bonnet costs Monteiro

Attila Tassi saved Honda’s blushes to score his first World Touring Car Cup victory after a loose bonnet cost Tiago Monteiro what had looked like a certain home win at Estoril.

Geely Group blasts WTCR organiser over Lynk & Co BoP

The Geely Group behind the Lynk & Co WTCR squad has blasted series promoter Eurosport Events and "suspended its co-operation" with promoting its local round at Ningbo, China, this November.

Cupra’s Azcona wins inaugural Pure ETCR event

Zengo Motorsport X Cupra’s Mikel Azcona made history by overcoming adversity to claim victory in the inaugural Pure ETCR event at Italy’s Vallelunga circuit.

Character building WTCR return for Cupra’s Huff

Cupra’s Rob Huff described his return to the FIA World Touring Car Cup as “character building” after leaving the Nurburgring Nordschleife season opener without points following a tough weekend.

Nurburgring WTCR: Vernay holds off Engstler for first Hyundai win

Jean-Karl Vernay headed new teammate Luca Engstler to win on his debut for Hyundai at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, after Honda veteran Tiago Monteiro won the reversed-grid WTCR season opener.

Nurburgring WTCR: Girolami takes Nordschleife pole

Nestor Girolami claimed his second successive World Touring Car Cup pole position on the Nurburgring Nordschleife after topping a dry 40-minute session at the opening round of the 2021 season.

Vernay: Jumping between ICE, electric Hyundai "biggest challenge"

New Hyundai WTCR signing Jean-Karl Vernay says his "biggest challenge" this year will be jumping between the marque's latest Elantra model and its all-electric PURE ETCR challenger.

Cupra brings touring car ace out of retirement

The lure of top level competitive motorsport and the chance to link up again with Cupra has enticed touring car veteran Jordi Gene to make a comeback on the world stage.

WTCR announces 22-car field for 2021 season

The FIA World Touring Car Cup has announced 22 full-season entries to contest this year's championship, including six world title winners and the series' first ever female competitor.

Huff makes WTCR return with Zengo Cupra squad
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Huff makes WTCR return with Zengo Cupra squad

Rob Huff will make his return to the FIA World Touring Car Cup this year after a season away with the Zengo Motorsport Cupra squad.

WTCR promoter agrees new deal with FIA

Eurosport Events has agreed a new three-year extension with the FIA and WSC to promote the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

Hyundai to field four all-new Elantras in WTCR

Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing has confirmed four of its new Elantra N TCR machines will compete in this year’s FIA World Touring Car Cup.

WTCR title-hungry Monteiro still believes he “can do it”

Veteran touring car driver Tiago Monteiro is resolute that he can recapture his past form and challenge for the 2021 FIA World Touring Car Cup title.

Audi Sport reveals new WTCR challenger
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Audi Sport reveals new WTCR challenger

Audi has renewed its commitment to TCR racing with the launch of its new RS 3 LMS TCR car which is set to compete in the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

WTCR to use sustainable biofuel this year

The FIA World Touring Car Cup has announced its cars will be powered by sustainable biofuel this season.

Brother and sister team set sights on WTCR

Michelle and Mike Halder are aiming to graduate to this year’s FIA World Touring Car Cup to form an unusual sister and brother team.

Pandemic forces WTCR calendar reshuffle

The FIA World Touring Car Cup has announced a revised calendar with its season now beginning in June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WTCR reverts to double-header race weekends in 2021

The FIA World Touring Car Cup will revert to double-header race weekends in 2021 as part of a raft of changes approved by the World Motor Sport Council yesterday.

Yann Ehrlacher crowned 2020 World Touring Car Cup champion 

Yann Ehrlacher became the youngest ever FIA touring car champion at a global level on Sunday by clinching the World Touring Car Cup in Aragon, as his uncle Yvan Muller completed a Cyan Racing team one-two at the top of the standings.

WTCR moves title decider from Adria to Aragon

The World Touring Car Cup will hold its 2020 season finale at Motorland Aragon on November 14-15 after redevelopment work at Adria Raceway could not be completed in time.

WTCR set to move season finale out of Adria

The World Touring Car Cup is set to relocate its season finale to a different venue due to delays in renovation work at the Adria Raceway, Motorsport.com has learned.

Hyundai takes covers off new Elantra N TCR car

Hyundai has officially unveiled its latest challenger for TCR-spec touring car racing, the Elantra N TCR joining its existing i30 N and Veloster N models.

Hyundai pulls out of Nurburgring WTCR round

Hyundai has decided to withdraw its customer teams from this weekend’s World Touring Car Cup event at the Nurburgring Nordschleife.

O'Keeffe eyeing full-time WTCR seat after Zolder debut

Dylan O’Keeffe is targeting a full-time seat in the World Touring Car Cup following a successful debut at the Zolder circuit in Belgium last weekend.

Monteiro: Electrification makes more sense for touring cars

Honda driver Tiago Monteiro believes electrification makes “even more sense” for touring cars than for single-seaters amid the changing landscape in motorsport and the wider automobile industry.

Filippi to make wildcard appearance with Alfa WTCR team

Former GP2 race winner Luca Filippi will make his World Touring Car Cup debut at Zolder this weekend, driving an Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR for Romeo Ferraris.

O’Keeffe joins Renault squad for WTCR season opener

Dylan O’Keeffe will drive a Renault Megane RS TCR for Vukovic Motorsport in the opening round of the World Touring Car Cup at Zolder this weekend.

Renault team joins WTCR grid with single-car entry

The Renault brand is set to be represented on the World Touring Car Cup grid in 2020, with Vukovic Motorsport planning to field a Megane RS TCR car for the full season.