Little by little the grill of the TCR South America, which will begin shooting in 2021, takes shape. While waiting for official announcements from Argentine drivers and teams, the news comes from the Brazilian side. Upon confirmation of Onze Motorsports, created and directed by Nonô Figueiredo; those of Sergio Jimenez y Augusto Farfus, who will race in the same team that will enlist both Hyundai elantra n tcr. The team, whose name will be revealed later, will be coordinated by Carlos Chiarelli.
The Hyundai Elantra N TCR is the South Korean automaker's third and latest model to be approved for TCR-seal events. It was officially introduced to the market in September 2020, after more than 5.000 km of development by the factory team with official Hyundai drivers for three months.
“I always look for innovative projects and the TCR was always a championship that caught my attention due to its technical package and its competitiveness. When I found out that we were going to have the South American championship, I immediately looked for the possibility of being there ", explained Jiménez, who has among his antecedents being champion of the Jaguar iPace eTrophy, the category of electric SUV opening act for the Formula E.
“It is a category in which I have raced and with great success worldwide. I am sure it will be a success in the South American continent as well. I participated in the development of the cars and I know them very well and I know the potential that the cars have. I am sure that we will have a very successful team in Brazil ”, added Farfus, runner-up in 2013 of the DTM and Hyundai driver in the WTCR in 2019.
“The launch of TCR South America is a great opportunity for us to continue the expansion of Hyundai's Customer Career Department. In addition to a milestone for our group, the confirmation of the first sales of the new Elantra N TCR for the new championship is positive for the series, as it helps in the formation of an exciting opening grid. ", he pointed Andrew Johns, Hyundai Motorsport customer racing operations leader.
The TCR South America championship will begin in April 2020 with three dates in Brazil, one in Uruguay, three in Argentina and one in Chile. There will be double rounds, totaling 16 races in the year, with one stage per month.
The inaugural race of the championship will be in Interlagos. Then the season goes by Curitiba, gaucho track to be defined (probably Santa Cruz do Sul), Rivera, Buenos Aires, Rio Hondo Hot Springs, San Juan y Temuco.