2019-1 Touring Car Championship season

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2019-1 TCC
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The 2019-1 IVRC Touring Car Championship season was the 2nd IVRC TCC season. Marc Stwerka of Repsol Swinegel Racing defended the drivers' championship, while MPG Competition was able to defend the teams' championship. Cupra managed to win the constructors' championship by only 1.5 points and Aurimas Auga became the first winner of the rookies' cup.

IVRC brought on several changes to the series, including a new calendar format in 2019 by splitting the year into two seperate seasons of TCC. This is due to the concept that a shortened championship usually gets a lot more action-filled compared to a full-year season, along with other minor benefits.

Teams and Drivers

Team Car No. Status Driver Rounds
Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing CUPRA León TCR 1 Germany.png Marc Stwerka All
19 Argentina.png Francisco Vazquez 1–2, 6–7
57 USA.png Bob Sacamano 1–2, 4, 7
82 Venezuela.png Cristian Alvarez 2, 4, 8–10
Poland.png Team Berni CUPRA León TCR 4 Rookie.png Lithuania.png Aurimas Auga 1–4, 6–7
6 Rookie.png Lithuania.png Martynas Jurgelevičius 1–2
18 Poland.png Bernard Mróz 1–2, 4–10
80 Rookie.png Poland.png Bartosz Nowak 1–4
Germany.png MPG Competition Audi RS3 LMS 11 Germany.png Martin Jatzek 1–3, 6–7
13 Germany.png Phillip Volland 1–4, 6–10
14 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 1–4, 6–7, 9
17 Spain.png Carlos Frau All
Greece.png Team Iris Honda Civic Type-R TCR 12 Rookie.png Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos 8–9
CUPRA León TCR 87 Rookie.png Greece.png Dionysis Faraos 1
Honda Civic Type-R TCR 2–3, 6
Lithuania.png SL racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 21 Rookie.png Lithuania.png Saulius Laurinavicius 9–10
Venezuela.png C-Force Racing Alfa Romeo Giulietta QV-TCR 22 Rookie.png Argentina.png Germán Soto 7
55 Venezuela.png Jesús Chirinos 2–10
69 Rookie.png Argentina.png Bruno Spano 3, 6
UK.png MAD Bears YTF1 Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 27 UK.png Matthew Allington 3, 7–8, 10
Hungary.png Tevez Rookie Sim Team Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 33 Rookie.png Hungary.png László Téglás 10
Mexico.png TR Bluvos Motorsports Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 35 Mexico.png Michael Teichmann 2
Brazil.png KRT/Goiaba Racing Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR 48 Rookie.png Brazil.png Otávio de Barros 3, 6, 10
51 Rookie.png Brazil.png Victor Bier 3
Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR Guest Driver icon.png Brazil.png Otávio de Barros 1
Audi RS3 LMS Guest Driver icon.png France.png Samuel Perryman 8–9
Icon Status
Rookie.png Rookie

Driver changes

Team changes

Mid-season changes

  • After competing in a CUPRA León TCR in the first round, Dionysis Faraos switched to a Honda Civic Type-R TCR.

Changes

Sporting regulations

Not only has IVRC announced that 2019 was split into two seasons, but also several changes to TCC's sporting regulations. Each event now hosted three instead of two races, however with a shortened race distance of 15 instead of 20 minutes each. This should compensate for the number of lost races due to the shortened calendar, making up 30 races in total.

Also, IVRC introduced a new points distributions system, moving away from the famous F1 points scheme and adapting the all-new 2019 WTCR points distributions system. In consequence, not only the top ten of each race but the top 15 will be awared by points. Unlike WTCR however, TCC will not give bonus points for Qualifying.

As a consequence of heavy critizism during the 2018 season, the teams' championship saw minor changes aswell. While only teams with two or more entries were eligible to score points towards the teams' championship in the previous season, all teams are now eligible to fight for the teams' championship.

A rather drastical change will come with the weight penalties, as they saw their premiere in 2019-1 in TCC. This affected only Race 1 of each round, where the best drivers of the 1st race of the previous round carried a weight penalty after Qualifying to bring the competition closer together. IVRC made the decision to add weight penalties for Race 1 only based on the fact that the quicker drives will be penalized by reverse grids in Race 2 and 3 anyways.

Finally, IVRC introduced a Rookie Cup sub championship for rookies. Each driver who hasn't competed at three or more events in 2018 was eligible to score points towards the Rookie Cup. The scoring system was identical to the main championship, giving 25 points for the rookie winner each race.

Technical regulations

Several car models and manufactures have been dropped for the 2019-1 TCC season. While Ford and Opel had to leave the series with their Focus ST and Astra OPC Cup respectively, two manufacturers upgraded their cars to more actual models. While SEAT changed their whole brand to feature the CUPRA León TCR instead of the León Cup Racer, Audi changed from the TT Cup to it's latest RS3 LMS model. Honda planned to introduce the new Honda Civic Type-R TCR (FK8), however the plans were abandoned in the last minute and a facelifted version of the Civic TCR (FK2) will remain for at least another season on the grid. Peugeot and Alfa Romeo won't see any changes for 2019-1.

Also the mod has been improved even further, especially in the brakes area. During the late stages of the 2018 season, critizism of the weak and rather inconsistent brakes came up from several drivers. After a detailed inspection by IVRC, this issue was found to be caused by too much air flow through the cooling pods, cooling the brakes down below their performance window. The faulty parts were fixed for 2019-1.

Race calendar and results

A provisional ten-round calendar was announced on 2 February 2018.

Round Circuit Date Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning team Rookie winner
1 R1 Belgium.png Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Francorchamps 9 March Greece.png Dionysis Faraos Brazil.png Otávio de Barros Greece.png Dionysis Faraos Greece.png Team Iris Greece.png Dionysis Faraos
R2 Spain.png Carlos Frau Spain.png Carlos Frau Germany.png MPG Competition Lithuania.png Aurimas Auga
R3 Germany.png Marc Stwerka Poland.png Bartosz Nowak Poland.png Team Berni Poland.png Bartosz Nowak
2 R1 UK.png Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 16 March Poland.png Bartosz Nowak Poland.png Bartosz Nowak Germany.png Marc Stwerka Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing Poland.png Bartosz Nowak
R2 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger Germany.png Constantin Grimminger Germany.png MPG Competition Greece.png Dionysis Faraos
R3 Mexico.png Michael Teichmann Mexico.png Michael Teichmann Mexico.png TR Bluvos Motorsports Lithuania.png Aurimas Auga
3 R1 Germany.png Nürburgring Nordschleife, Nürburg 30 March UK.png Matthew Allington Spain.png Carlos Frau Spain.png Carlos Frau Germany.png MPG Competition Greece.png Dionysis Faraos
R2 UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png MAD Bears YTF1 Greece.png Dionysis Faraos
R3 UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png MAD Bears YTF1 Greece.png Dionysis Faraos
4 R1 Germany.png Norisring, Nuremberg 6 April Germany.png Phillip Volland Poland.png Bernard Mróz Germany.png Marc Stwerka Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing Poland.png Bartosz Nowak
R2 Germany.png Phillip Volland Germany.png Phillip Volland Germany.png MPG Competition Lithuania.png Aurimas Auga
R3 Poland.png Bernard Mróz Germany.png Marc Stwerka Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing Lithuania.png Aurimas Auga
5 R1 Sweden.png Ring Knutstorp, Kågeröd 20 April Germany.png Marc Stwerka Poland.png Bernard Mróz Germany.png Marc Stwerka Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing none
R2 Poland.png Bernard Mróz Venezuela.png Jesús Chirinos Venezuela.png C-Force Racing none
R3 Poland.png Bernard Mróz Poland.png Bernard Mróz Poland.png Team Berni none
6 R1 Hungary.png Hungaroring, Budapest 27 April Poland.png Bernard Mróz Germany.png Phillip Volland Germany.png Phillip Volland Germany.png MPG Competition Brazil.png Otávio de Barros
R2 Poland.png Bernard Mróz Poland.png Bernard Mróz Poland.png Team Berni Greece.png Dionysis Faraos
R3 Poland.png Bernard Mróz Germany.png Marc Stwerka Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing Brazil.png Otávio de Barros
7 R1 Austria.png Red Bull Ring, Spielberg 11 May Germany.png Constantin Grimminger Germany.png Constantin Grimminger Germany.png Marc Stwerka Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing Argentina.png Germán Soto
R2 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger Venezuela.png Jesús Chirinos Venezuela.png C-Force Racing Argentina.png Germán Soto
R3 Poland.png Bernard Mróz UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png MAD Bears YTF1 Argentina.png Germán Soto
8 R1 Japan.png Suzuka International Racing Course, Suzuka 18 May Spain.png Carlos Frau UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png MAD Bears YTF1 Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos
R2 UK.png Matthew Allington France.png Samuel Perryman none none
R3 Germany.png Phillip Volland Germany.png Phillip Volland Germany.png MPG Competition Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos
9 R1 Singapore.png Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 1 June Poland.png Bernard Mróz Germany.png Phillip Volland Spain.png Carlos Frau Germany.png MPG Competition none
R2 Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos Germany.png Marc Stwerka Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos
R3 Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos Greece.png Team Iris Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos
10 R1 Australia.png Mount Panorama Circuit, Bathurst 8 June UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png Matthew Allington UK.png MAD Bears YTF1 Lithuania.png Saulius Laurinavicius
R2 Poland.png Bernard Mróz Germany.png Phillip Volland Germany.png MPG Competition Lithuania.png Saulius Laurinavicius
R3 UK.png Matthew Allington Poland.png Bernard Mróz Poland.png Team Berni Lithuania.png Saulius Laurinavicius

Testing

Round Circuit Date
Pre-season test Portugal.png Circuito do Estoril, Estoril 16 February

Championship results

Scoring system

Points were awarded to the top 15 classified finishers in all three races equally.

Position 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
Points 25 20 16 13 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Drivers' championship

Pos. No. Driver Belgium.png
SPA
UK.png
SIL
Germany.png
NÜR*
Germany.png
NOR
Sweden.png
KNU
Hungary.png
HUN
Austria.png
RBR
Japan.png
SUZ
Singapore.png
SIN
Australia.png
BAT
Points
1 1 Germany.png Marc Stwerka 3 11† 2 1 5 6 2 5 3 1 5 1 1 4 2 4 2 1 1 3 3 5 2 8 4 1 4 3 3 4 495
2 17 Spain.png Carlos Frau 8 1 5 8 3 3 1 3 4 3 3 2 2 2 3 5 5 DNS 6 2 5 4 4 5 1 3 2 2 4 5 444.5
3 13 Germany.png Phillip Volland 6 4 8 3 2 5 6 7 6 7 1 4 1 DNS WD 4 4 8 2 3 1 3 Ret 3 6 1 3 352
4 18 Poland.png Bernard Mróz 9 5 6 10 9 4 2 8 8 4 3 1 6 1 4 3 5 4 3 8 9 2 Ret 6 4 2 1 351
5 14 Germany.png Constantin Grimminger 2 3 12 5 1 9 7 2 DNS 5 4 DSQ 2 4 5 2 6 2 6 4 5 264
6 55 Venezuela.png Jesús Chirinos 11 Ret 13 8 8 DNS 4 7 7 3 1 4 10 7 6 8 1 7 6 6 7 7 7† Ret 5 5 6 255
7 27 UK.png Matthew Allington 5 1 1 5 7 1 1 5 2 1 6 2 204.5
8 82 Venezuela.png Cristian Alvarez 7 Ret 2 8† 2 3 7 7 6 5 6 DNS 8 7 DNS 139
9 87 Greece.png Dionysis Faraos 1 8 9 14† 4 DNS 3 4 2 8 3 3 134
10 80 Poland.png Bartosz Nowak Ret 9 1 2 8 12 10 9 5 6 9 6 109.5
11 4 Lithuania.png Aurimas Auga 10 7 4 9 10 7 11† Ret Ret 9† 6 5 11† 10† Ret 10† Ret DNS 100
12 48 Brazil.png Otávio de Barros 11 DNS 7 4 6 DNS 3 6 2 10† 9 DNS 96
13 11 Germany.png Martin Jatzek 5 6 10 DNS DNS 10 DNS DNS 7 7 8 7† DNS DNS 9 70.5
14 12 Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos 9 Ret 3 DNS 2 1 68
15 19 Argentina.png Francisco Vazquez 7 2 3 13 11† DNS 12† 11† DNS 11† DNS WD 67
16 57 USA.png Bob Sacamano 4 Ret WD 4 7 11 Ret DNS WD 9† DNS WD 47
17 Guest Driver icon.png France.png Samuel Perryman 8 1 4 Ret DNS WD 46
18 21 Lithuania.png Saulius Laurinavicius Ret 5 7 7 8 7 46
19 35 Mexico.png Michael Teichmann 12 6 1 39
20 6 Lithuania.png Martynas Jurgelevičius Ret 10 11 6 Ret 8 29
21 22 Argentina.png Germán Soto 7 8 6 27
22 33 Hungary.png László Téglás 9 10 8 21
23 69 Argentina.png Bruno Spano Ret Ret DNS 9 9 DNS 14
24 51 Brazil.png Victor Bier 9 Ret DNS 7
Pos. No. Driver Belgium.png
SPA
UK.png
SIL
Germany.png
NÜR*
Germany.png
NOR
Sweden.png
KNU
Hungary.png
HUN
Austria.png
RBR
Japan.png
SUZ
Singapore.png
SIN
Australia.png
BAT
Points

Notes:

  • * – Only half points were awarded for race 3, as it was stopped after 50% race distance.
  • † – Driver did not finish the race, but was classified as he completed more than 50% of the race distance.

Teams' championship

Pos. Team Belgium.png
SPA
UK.png
SIL
Germany.png
NÜR*
Germany.png
NOR
Sweden.png
KNU
Hungary.png
HUN
Austria.png
RBR
Japan.png
SUZ
Singapore.png
SIN
Australia.png
BAT
Points
1 Germany.png MPG Competition 2 1 5 3 1 3 1 2 4 3 1 2 2 2 3 1 4 5 2 2 2 2 3 1 1 3 2 2 1 3 914.5
5 3 8 5 2 5 6 3 6 5 3 4 2 5 7† 4 4 5 4 4 5 3 4 3 6 4 5
2 Spain.png Repsol Swinegel Racing 3 2 2 1 5 2 2 5 3 1 5 1 1 4 2 4 2 1 1 3 3 5 2 6 4 1 4 3 3 4 712
4 11† 3 4 7 6 8† 2 3 12† 11† DNS 9† DNS WD 7 7 8 5 6 DNS 8 7 DNS
3 Poland.png Team Berni 9 5 1 2 8 4 10 9 5 2 6 5 4 3 1 6 1 4 3 5 4 3 8 9 2 Ret 6 4 2 1 508.5
10 7 4 6 9 7 11† Ret Ret 6 8 6 11† 10† DNS 10† Ret DNS
4 Venezuela.png C-Force Racing 11 Ret 13 8 8 DNS 4 7 7 3 1 4 10 7 6 7 1 6 6 6 7 7 7† Ret 5 5 6 296
Ret Ret DNS 9 9 DNS 8 8 7
5 UK.png MAD Bears YTF1 5 1 1 5 7 1 1 5 2 1 6 2 204.5
6 Greece.png Team Iris 1 8 9 14† 4 DNS 3 4 2 8 3 3 9 Ret 3 DNS 2 1 202
7 Brazil.png KRT/Goiaba Racing 4 6 DNS 3 6 2 10† 9 DNS 89
9 Ret DNS
8 Lithuania.png SL racing Ret 5 7 7 8 7 46
9 Mexico.png TR Bluvos Motorsports 12 6 1 39
10 Hungary.png Tevez Rookie Sim Team 9 10 8 21
Pos. Driver Belgium.png
SPA
UK.png
SIL
Germany.png
NÜR*
Germany.png
NOR
Sweden.png
KNU
Hungary.png
HUN
Austria.png
RBR
Japan.png
SUZ
Singapore.png
SIN
Australia.png
BAT
Points

Notes:

  • – Only the two best results of each race counted towards the teams' championship.
  • * – Only half points were awarded for race 3, as it was stopped after 50% race distance.

Constructors' championship

Pos. Driver Belgium.png
SPA
UK.png
SIL
Germany.png
NÜR*
Germany.png
NOR
Sweden.png
KNU
Hungary.png
HUN
Austria.png
RBR
Japan.png
SUZ
Singapore.png
SIN
Australia.png
BAT
Points
1 Spain.png CUPRA 1 2 1 1 5 2 2 5 3 1 2 1 1 3 1 5 1 1 1 3 3 3 2 6 2 1 4 3 2 1 584
2 Germany.png Audi 2 1 5 3 1 3 1 2 4 3 1 2 2 2 3 1 4 5 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 2 2 1 3 582.5
3 Germany.png Volkswagen 11† DNP 7 12 6 1 5 1 1 3 6 2 5 7 1 1 5 2 Ret 5 7 1 6 2 323.5
4 Italy.png Alfa Romeo 11 Ret 13 8 8 Ret 4 7 7 3 1 4 9 7 6 7 1 6 6 6 7 7 7† Ret 5 5 6 258
5 Japan.png Honda 14† 4 DNP 3 4 2 8 3 3 9 Ret 3 117
Pos. Driver Belgium.png
SPA
UK.png
SIL
Germany.png
NÜR*
Germany.png
NOR
Sweden.png
KNU
Hungary.png
HUN
Austria.png
RBR
Japan.png
SUZ
Singapore.png
SIN
Australia.png
BAT
Points

Notes:

  • * – Only half points were awarded for race 3, as it was stopped after 50% race distance.

Rookies' cup

Pos. No. Driver Belgium.png
SPA
UK.png
SIL
Germany.png
NÜR*
Germany.png
NOR
Sweden.png
KNU
Hungary.png
HUN
Austria.png
RBR
Japan.png
SUZ
Singapore.png
SIN
Australia.png
BAT
Points
1 21 Lithuania.png Aurimas Auga 2 1 2 3 3 1 5† Ret Ret 2 1 1 4† 4† DNS 2† Ret DNS 249
2 87 Greece.png Dionysis Faraos 1 2 3 4† 1 DNS 1 1 1 2 1 2 226.5
3 80 Poland.png Bartosz Nowak Ret 3 1 1 2 3 4 3 2 1 2 1 206
4 48 Brazil.png Otávio de Barros 2 Ret DNS 1 2 1 3 2 DNS 126
5 21 Lithuania.png Saulius Laurinavicius Ret 2 2 1 1 1 115
6 12 Greece.png Dimitris Giannopoulos 1 Ret 1 DNS 1 1 100
7 22 Argentina.png Germán Soto 1 1 1 75
8 80 Lithuania.png Martynas Jurgelevičius Ret 4 4 2 Ret 2 66
9 33 Hungary.png László Téglás 2 3 2 56
10 69 Argentina.png Bruno Spano Ret Ret DNS 3 3 DNS 32
11 51 Brazil.png Victor Bier 3 Ret DNS 16
Pos. No. Driver Belgium.png
SPA
UK.png
SIL
Germany.png
NÜR*
Germany.png
NOR
Sweden.png
KNU
Hungary.png
HUN
Austria.png
RBR
Japan.png
SUZ
Singapore.png
SIN
Australia.png
BAT
Points

Notes:

  • * – Only half points were awarded for race 3, as it was stopped after 50% race distance.