Discovery Sports Events withdraws from 2023 ETCR promoter role

The future of the 2023 ETCR eTouring Car World Cup is in doubt after Discovery Sports Events revealed that it will not promote the series this season.

Question marks over the series have been raised in recent months with no news on a calendar for the 2023 campaign, and no word from Hyundai, Cupra or Romeo Ferraris on potential entries.

Last season marked the first year for ETCR as a full FIA series, with Cupra racer Adrien Tambay securing the title.

However, it remains to be seen whether the 2023 season will take place with a different promoter or whether the electric touring car series will now not return until next year.

“Following a series of discussions with various stakeholders, Discovery Sports Events announces it will not promote the ETCR, eTouring Car World Cup during 2023,” a statement from Discovery Sports Events read.

“Over recent months, there have been extensive discussions around the next phase of the series, including its sporting and regulatory format as a priority. In particular, recognising the importance of further integrating the traditional Touring Car DNA within the series to create the best stage for electric car racing. One with a packed grid that maximizes the appeal to fans, manufacturers, and drivers.

“Despite the efforts made by all parties to finalise the new sporting and regulatory framework that meets the needs of the manufacturers, the necessary conditions could not be implemented in a satisfactory manner ahead of launching a full season.

“Introduced as the first multi-brand all-electric touring car series in 2021 and promoted by Discovery Sports Events over the past two seasons, it has delivered action-packed races to motorsports fans with sustainability and innovation at its core.”