Georgia confirmed on 2017 TCR International Series calendar

The TCR International Series will visit Georgia for in 2017 at the Rustavi International Motorpark.

The FIA Grade 2 circuit is the first event announced for the series third season, with the circuit having been in negotiations with the championship promoter’s WSC since June this year, when Visit Georgia banners began to appear on the series’ cars.

A memorandum of understanding for a three-year deal has been signed in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi by Giorgi Mghebrishvili, minister or internal affairs, Shota Abkhazava, president of the Georgian ASN and owner of the circuit, and TCR promoter and WSC CEO Marcello Lotti.

“It has been a great privilege to be received by Georgia’s minister of internal affairs and it is a great pride for us to see that the whole country is so keen on organising a TCR International Series round from next year,” said Lotti. “Georgia is a beautiful place and we believe that our event next year will attract a lot of motorsport fans.”

Georgia is represented by one driver on the grid this season, Engstler Motorsport’s Davit Kajaia, who finished on the podium early this season in Imola, and progressed to the TCR International Series after winning last year’s European Touring Car Cup in the TC2T class.

“It’s a historic moment for us, as next year’s TCR International Series event will open a new page for motorsports in Georgia,” said circuit owner Abkhazava. “It is very important not only for those who work in the automotive industry, but for the whole country. We are obviously very proud that our circuit will host the first ever international motorsport event in Georgia.”