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The RFEDA calls time on the Spanish Touring Car Championship

The Spanish Motorsport Federation (RFEDA) announced that it won’t renew its commitment as organisers of the Spanish Touring Car Championship (CET), which includes TCR Spain, finishing a three-season term.

“Once the commitment acquired by the RFEDA of promoting the CET during a minimum three-year term, the ASN confirms that it won’t organise the series in the year 2023,” a statement read.

The RFEDA had resurrected CET in 2019 after a 20-year absence from the Spanish circuits with its own technical regulations. A break during 2020 due to the covid pandemic saw the series returning in 2021, then joining forces with TCR Spain.

Mike Halder claimed the 2021 honours and Isidro Callejas was crowned 2022 champion, a season which saw just five full-season entries between both categories (CET and TCR Spain).

“We thank all the associations that were part of this championship and their sponsors for their efforts, confidence and hard-work, wishing that the talent born from this series continues growing within the touring car racing scene,” the RFEDA statement continued.

TCR cars have also competed in Spain as a separate class within the Spanish Endurance Championship (CER) since 2018.

The TCR Spain organisation had sought support from CER to bump up their grid size, with a possible plan to become a winter series in order to avoid clashes with other European national series. But none came to fruition and the future of the category remain unclear for the 2023 season.