2018, the fourth season of TCR competition, marked a further expansion of the category on a global level. The agreement between WSC Ltd, the FIA and Eurosport Events gave birth to the WTCR – Touring Car World Cup, while new series were launched in Europe, UK, Korea and North America.
246 TCR-sanctioned races were held in 29 countries (it was 39 in 2015, 141 in 2016 and 216 in 2017), encompassing 26 series (they were 18 last year).
The series with the largest participation was TCR Germany that featured 27.9 cars on average per event, followed by WTCR (26.5), TCR Europe (25.1), TCR Italy (23.7) and TCR Scandinavia (20.3).
689 drivers from 49countries took part in at least one race, compared to 289 in 2016 and 539 in 2017. Jean-Karl Vernay was the Stakhanovite of the year, totalling 45 starts between WTCR, TCR Europe and endurance races.
156 drivers claimed race wins. The list is led by TCR Asia and Middle East champion Luca Engstler with 12 victories, ahead of Vernay and TCR UK champion Daniel Lloyd with 8 wins apiece; TCR China champion Alex Hui follows in fourth position with 7 wins.
12 different brands of manufacturers were represented during the season and 9 of them won races. The most winning car was the CUPRA/SEAT León with 53 victories from 915 race starts, followed by the Honda Civic (49) and the Volkswagen Golf (46).
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