2021 World Touring Car Cup
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The 2021 World Touring Car Cup is the fourth season of the World Touring Car Cup and 17th overall of the series, which dates back to the 2005 World Touring Car Championship. The season began on 5 June at the Nürburgring and is scheduled to end on 28 November in Sochi.[1]

Teams and drivers

Team Car No. Drivers Class Rounds Ref.
Italy BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Squadra Corse Hyundai Elantra N TCR 3 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 1–6 [2]
5 Hungary Norbert Michelisz 1–6 [2]
Germany Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Hyundai Elantra N TCR 8 Germany Luca Engstler J 1–6 [2]
69 France Jean-Karl Vernay 1–6 [2]
Germany ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Honda Civic Type R TCR (FK8) 9 Hungary Attila Tassi 1–6 [3]
18 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 1–6 [3]
Germany ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport 29 Argentina Néstor Girolami 1–6 [3]
86 Argentina Esteban Guerrieri 1–6 [3]
Sweden Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Lynk & Co 03 TCR 11 Sweden Thed Björk 1–6 [4]
12 Uruguay Santiago Urrutia 1–6 [4]
Sweden Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 68 France Yann Ehrlacher 1–6 [4]
100 France Yvan Muller 1–6 [4]
Belgium Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Audi RS 3 LMS TCR (2021) 16 Belgium Gilles Magnus J T 1–6 [5]
22 Belgium Frédéric Vervisch 1–6 [6]
Belgium Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport 17 France Nathanaël Berthon 1–6 [6]
32 Netherlands Tom Coronel T 1–6 [7]
Italy Target srl Hyundai Elantra N TCR 19 Sweden Andreas Bäckman T 1–4 [8]
26 Sweden Jessica Bäckman J T 1–4 [8]
Hungary Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy Cupra León Competición TCR 28 Spain Jordi Gené 1–6 [9]
55 Hungary Bence Boldizs J T 1–6 [10]
Hungary Zengő Motorsport Services KFT 79 United Kingdom Robert Huff 1–6 [11]
96 Spain Mikel Azcona 1–6 [9]
Wildcard entries
Italy Target srl Hyundai Elantra N TCR 82 Italy Nicola Baldan 4, 7 [12]
Czech Republic Full In Race Academy Cupra León Competición TCR 222 Czech Republic Petr Fulín 5 [13]
Icon Class
J Eligible for FIA WTCR Junior Driver Title
T Eligible for WTCR Trophy

Summary

JAS Motorsport and Honda Racing retained their 2020 drivers – Attila Tassi, Tiago Monteiro, Néstor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri – for the 2021 season. On 15 January it was announced that all four drivers would continue to compete for Münnich Motorsport and announced that Attila Tassi and Tiago Monteiro would join the ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport with Néstor Girolami and Esteban Guerrieri remaining at the ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport.[3]

Comtoyou Racing switched from the running Audi RS 3 LMS TCR to the all-new facelifted Audi RS 3 LMS TCR (2021). Nathanaël Berthon, Gilles Magnus and Tom Coronel remained with Comtoyou Racing and Frédéric Vervisch returned to the series and the team after having last raced in 2019.[6][5][7]

Cyan Racing committed to run four Lynk & Co 03 TCR cars for the season, Yann Ehrlacher and Yvan Muller were confirmed as drivers for Cyan Racing Lynk & Co and announced that Thed Björk and Santiago Urrutia were confirmed as drivers for Cyan Performance Lynk & Co.[4]

Hyundai switched from the running Hyundai i30 N TCR to the all-new Hyundai Elantra N TCR. BRC Racing Team entered under the BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Squadra Corse banner with two former champions in Norbert Michelisz and Gabriele Tarquini, while Engstler Motorsport entered the remaining two Hyundai cars under the Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team name for Luca Engstler and Jean-Karl Vernay, the latter having switched from Team Mulsanne to replace Nicky Catsburg. Target Competition joined full-time from the TCR Europe with Swedish siblings Andreas and Jessica Bäckman, who became the first woman to race in the championship. 2017 TCR Italy Touring Car Championship winner Nicola Baldan is also set to participate at selected rounds as a guest driver.[2][8][12]

The Zengő Motorsport structure continued at the WTCR and expanded to four Cupra León Competición TCR cars, running under two distinct banners. Bence Boldizs and Mikel Azcona remained with the team, with series returnees Jordi Gené, who had last taken part in the series in 2010, when it was called the World Touring Car Championship, and 2012 World Touring Car Championship & 2020 STCC TCR Scandinavia Touring Car Championship winner Robert Huff, who came back after a year's absence, joining them at Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy and Zengő Motorsport Services KFT respectively.[9][10][11]

Calendar

The preliminary race calendar was published by the championship management on 13 November 2020.[14] A change from previous years is that in 2021, for cost-cutting reasons, two races will be held on a weekend instead of three, and the series will return to the Asian continent after a year of omission.[15] On 22 January 2021, the calendar was updated, postponing the Race of Hungary to 21–22 August and replacing the Race of Slovakia with the Race of Italy.[16] On 10 May 2021, it was announced that the Race of Portugal would be held at the Circuito do Estoril instead of the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real.[17] On 19 August 2021, three new rounds were announced as replacements for the races in the Far East.[18]

Round Race Race Name Circuit Date Supporting
1 1 Race of Germany Germany Nürburgring Nordschleife 3–5 June Nürburgring 24 Hours
2
2 3 Race of Portugal Portugal Circuito do Estoril 26–27 June[a]
4
3 5 Race of Spain Spain Ciudad del Motor de Aragón 10–11 July ETCR Championship
6
4 7 Race of Hungary Hungary Hungaroring 21–22 August[b]
8
5 9 Race of Czech Republic Czech Republic Autodrom Most 9–10 October FIM EWC
10
6 11 Race of France France Circuit Pau-Arnos 16–17 October ETCR Championship
12
7 13 Race of Italy Italy Adria International Raceway 6–7 November[c]
14
8 15 Race of Russia Russia Sochi Autodrom 27–28 November
16
Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic
Race name Circuit Original date
Race of Slovakia Slovakia Automotodróm Slovakia Ring 22–23 May
Race of Portugal Portugal Circuito Internacional de Vila Real 26–27 June
Race of Korea South Korea Inje Speedium 16–17 October
Race of China China Ningbo International Circuit 6–7 November
Race of Macau Macau Guia Circuit, Macau 20–21 November

Results

Race Race Name Pole Position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Junior winner WTCR Trophy winner Report
1 Germany Race of Germany Spain Mikel Azcona Portugal Tiago Monteiro Germany ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Belgium Gilles Magnus Netherlands Tom Coronel
2 Argentina Néstor Girolami France Jean-Karl Vernay France Jean-Karl Vernay Germany Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Germany Luca Engstler Belgium Gilles Magnus
3 Portugal Race of Portugal France Yann Ehrlacher France Yann Ehrlacher Sweden Cyan Racing Lynk & Co Belgium Gilles Magnus Belgium Gilles Magnus
4 Argentina Esteban Guerrieri Hungary Attila Tassi Hungary Attila Tassi Germany ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport Belgium Gilles Magnus Belgium Gilles Magnus
5 Spain Race of Spain Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy Gabriele Tarquini Italy BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Squadra Corse Belgium Gilles Magnus Netherlands Tom Coronel
6 Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Belgium Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Belgium Gilles Magnus Belgium Gilles Magnus
7 Hungary Race of Hungary Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Belgium Gilles Magnus Belgium Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Belgium Gilles Magnus Belgium Gilles Magnus
8 United Kingdom Robert Huff Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Uruguay Santiago Urrutia Sweden Cyan Performance Lynk & Co Belgium Gilles Magnus Belgium Gilles Magnus
9 Czech Republic Race of Czech Republic Argentina Néstor Girolami Argentina Néstor Girolami Germany ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport Germany Luca Engstler Netherlands Tom Coronel
10 Spain Mikel Azcona Spain Mikel Azcona Hungary Norbert Michelisz Italy BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Squadra Corse Germany Luca Engstler Belgium Gilles Magnus
11 France Race of France Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Belgium Frédéric Vervisch Belgium Comtoyou Team Audi Sport Germany Luca Engstler Netherlands Tom Coronel
12 France Yvan Muller France Jean-Karl Vernay France Jean-Karl Vernay Germany Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team Germany Luca Engstler Netherlands Tom Coronel
13 Italy Race of Italy
14
15 Russia Race of Russia
16

Championship standings

Scoring system
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th   11th   12th   13th   14th   15th 
Qualifying 1 & 3 5 4 3 2 1 N/A
Race 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1
Scoring system for WTCR Trophy
Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   FL 
Qualifying 1 N/A
Race 10 8 5 3 1 1

Drivers' championship

Pos. Driver GER
Germany
PRT
Portugal
ESP
Spain
HUN
Hungary
CZE
Czech Republic
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
 Pts. 
1 France Yann Ehrlacher 8 10 1 6 51 7 3 4 3 43 135
2 Argentina Esteban Guerrieri 4 123 51 81 15 13 8 8 21 34 115
3 Spain Mikel Azcona 16 Ret 10 Ret 2 11 21 3 72 21 110
4 Uruguay Santiago Urrutia 3 55 3 5 12 Ret 73 12 11 Ret 106
5 France Jean-Karl Vernay 10 12 Ret 24 9 45 14 13 65 145 102
6 France Yvan Muller 2 7 2 9 11 10 15 6 4 6 101
7 Argentina Néstor Girolami 9 31 Ret3 133 18 12 95 54 14 16 95
8 Belgium Frédéric Vervisch 15 Ret 13 11 84 11 4 2 13 8 93
9 Belgium Gilles Magnus 14 9 8 14 6 33 12 9 NC 9 91
10 Sweden Thed Björk 13 Ret 6 7 10 22 5 75 5 15 86
11 Hungary Norbert Michelisz 5 Ret Ret5 3 75 NC4 6 143 15 12 85
12 Portugal Tiago Monteiro 1 8 44 182 20 14 10 11 16 12 70
13 France Nathanaël Berthon 11 6 11 12 43 5 Ret 12 Ret3 5 69
14 Italy Gabriele Tarquini 6 Ret Ret 4 1 6 12 Ret 10 Ret 68
15 Hungary Attila Tassi 12 4 72 15 17 15 13 10 Ret Ret 66
16 Germany Luca Engstler 17 24 12 Ret 13 8 11 15 12 7 58
17 Netherlands Tom Coronel 7 11 17 Ret 32 Ret 21 16 9 10 47
18 United Kingdom Robert Huff Ret Ret 9 10 Ret 9 Ret4 181 8 Ret 35
19 Hungary Bence Boldizs 19 13 18 19 DSQ 16 17 19 14 13 9
20 Spain Jordi Gené 18 Ret 14 15 14 Ret 16 17 WD WD 5
21 Sweden Jessica Bäckman 21 14 16 16 19 17 20 21 2
22 Sweden Andreas Bäckman 20 Ret 15 17 16 Ret 19 Ret 1
Wildcard entries ineligible for points
Czech Republic Petr Fulín Ret 11
Italy Nicola Baldan 18 20
Pos. Driver GER
Germany
PRT
Portugal
ESP
Spain
HUN
Hungary
CZE
Czech Republic
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
 Pts. 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

† – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.

Teams' championship

Pos. Team No. GER
Germany
PRT
Portugal
ESP
Spain
HUN
Hungary
CZE
Czech Republic
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
Pts.
1 Sweden Cyan Racing Lynk & Co 68 8 10 1 6 51 7 3 4 3 43 236
100 2 7 2 9 11 10 15 6 4 6
2 Germany ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport 29 9 31 Ret3 133 18 12 95 54 14 16 210
86 4 123 51 81 15 13 8 8 21 34
3 Sweden Cyan Performance Lynk & Co 11 13 Ret 6 7 10 22 5 75 5 15 192
12 3 55 3 5 12 Ret 73 12 11 Ret
4 Belgium Comtoyou Team Audi Sport 16 14 9 8 14 6 33 12 9 NC 9 184
22 15 Ret 13 11 84 11 4 2 13 8
5 Germany Engstler Hyundai N Liqui Moly Racing Team 8 17 24 12 Ret 13 8 11 15 12 7 160
69 10 12 Ret 24 9 45 14 13 65 145
6 Italy BRC Hyundai N Lukoil Squadra Corse 3 6 Ret Ret 4 1 6 12 Ret 10 Ret 153
5 5 Ret Ret5 3 75 NC4 6 143 15 12
7 Hungary Zengő Motorsport Services KFT 79 Ret Ret 9 10 Ret 9 Ret4 181 8 Ret 145
96 16 Ret 10 Ret 2 11 21 3 72 21
8 Germany ALL-INKL.DE Münnich Motorsport 9 12 4 72 15 17 15 13 10 Ret Ret 136
18 1 8 44 182 20 14 10 11 16 12
9 Belgium Comtoyou DHL Team Audi Sport 17 11 6 11 12 43 5 Ret 12 Ret3 5 116
32 7 11 17 Ret 32 Ret 21 16 9 10
10 Hungary Zengő Motorsport Drivers’ Academy 28 18 Ret 14 15 14 Ret 16 17 WD WD 14
55 19 13 18 19 DSQ 16 17 19 14 13
11 Italy Target srl 19 20 Ret 15 17 16 Ret 19 Ret 3
26 21 14 16 16 19 17 20 21
Wildcard entries ineligible for points
Czech Republic Full In Race Academy 222 Ret 11
Italy Target srl 82 18 20
Pos. Team No. GER
Germany
PRT
Portugal
ESP
Spain
HUN
Hungary
CZE
Czech Republic
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
 Pts. 
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Excluded (EX)

† – Drivers did not finish the race, but were classified as they completed over 75% of the race distance.

Juniors' championship

Pos. Driver GER
Germany
PRT
Portugal
ESP
Spain
HUN
Hungary
CZE
Czech Republic
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
Pts.
1 Belgium Gilles Magnus 14 92 82 14 62 31 11 9 NC 9 241
2 Germany Luca Engstler 17 21 121 Ret 131 8 112 15 121 7 224
3 Hungary Bence Boldizs 19 134 184 19 DSQ3 16 174 19 142 13 160
4 Sweden Jessica Bäckman 21 143 163 16 194 17 203 21 131
Pos. Driver GER
Germany
PRT
Portugal
ESP
Spain
HUN
Hungary
CZE
Czech Republic
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
Pts.

WTCR Trophy

Eligible for drivers racing without manufacturer support.[19]

Pos. Driver GER
Germany
PRT
Portugal
ESP
Spain
HUN
Hungary
CZE
Czech Republic
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
Pts.
1 Belgium Gilles Magnus 14 9 8 141 6 31 1 91 NC 9 94
2 Netherlands Tom Coronel 7 111 17 Ret 3 Ret 21 16 9 101 62
3 Hungary Bence Boldizs 19 13 18 19 DSQ 16 17 19 14 13 49
4 Sweden Jessica Bäckman 21 14 16 16 19 17 20 21 32
5 Sweden Andreas Bäckman 20 Ret 15 17 16 Ret 19 Ret 27
Pos. Driver GER
Germany
PRT
Portugal
ESP
Spain
HUN
Hungary
CZE
Czech Republic
FRA
France
ITA
Italy
RUS
Russia
Pts.

Notes

  1. ^ The Portugal round was originally due to take place at the Circuito Internacional de Vila Real, but the venue was changed to Circuito do Estoril in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  2. ^ The Hungaroring round was originally due to take place on 14–16 May 2021. It was postponed to 21–22 August in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  3. ^ The Adria round was not originally on the 2021 WTCR calendar, but was added in January 2021. It was then postponed to 6-7 November.

References

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