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Amended TCR New Zealand calendar down to three events

The 2021 TCR New Zealand championship calendar has been amended and reduced from four to three rounds.

The season opener at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, planned for January 23-24, has been removed due to shipping delays and logistical issues due to the ongoing pandemic.

“Whilst COVID-19 continues to affect the sport third-hand, it highlights the need to remain flexible for the future,” said category manager Lindsay Dodd.

“We are still pleased to be able to deliver a strong season and I know our competitors are looking forward to finally getting underway and enjoying the amazing circuits the South Island has to offer.”

The season will instead start at Timaru International Raceway on March 5-6 and the championship will be held together with the Super Production Series.

“It became pretty apparent that the opening round wasn’t going to work for numerous reasons,” said MotorSport New Zealand Acting CEO, Elton Goonan.

“This presents Timaru with a great opportunity to welcome a new era of the New Zealand Touring Car Championship.”

Amended 2021 TCR New Zealand calendar

05-06 March – Timaru International Raceway
20-21 March – Teretonga Park
23-24 April – Highlands Motorsport Park