Three-race TCR Middle East Series to be launched in 2017

The TCR Middle East Series will be started in 2017 by WSC, the promoters of the TCR International Series.

The calendar will only consist of three races, starting in January and ending in March.

“The idea was to establish a series that may be also interesting for Europe-based teams and drivers, offering them the opportunity to race on modern and demanding circuits with affordable budgets during what is considered the off-season in Europe,” said Marcello Lotti, head of WSC.

”Which is why the series will finish in March, giving the teams enough times to ship the cars back for the beginning of the national championships.”

The first race will be held at Dubai Autodrome, the second at Yas Marina Circuit and the final at Bahrain International Circuit.

“We found a lot of enthusiasm from the promoters, the circuits and the National Sporting Authorities. It is clear that motorsport is gaining popularity in the Middle East, as has been proved by the building of several top-level racetracks and the success of international races such as the 24 Hours of Dubai. This is also helping local drivers to become more experienced and competitive, as we saw with the performance of Salman Al Khalifa and Hussain Karimi when they joined the TCR International Series during the F1 Grand Prix,” said Lotti.

A test and media day will be held at the Bahrain International Circuit on December 2nd.

2017 TCR Middle East Series Calendar

January 12-14th – Dubai Autodrome
February 10-11th – Yas Marina Circuit
March 10-11th – Bahrain International Circuit