FIA reveals details of WTCC transition to TCR rules
The World Touring Car Championship will become the World Touring Car Cup in 2018 after a deal to adopt TCR regulations was ratified by the FIA World Motor Sport Council.
As part of the deal, which will cover the remaining two years of the WTCC's second three-year TC1 rules cycle until 2019, TCR regulations will be licensed out in an agreement between the FIA and respective WTCC and TCR promoters Eurosport Events and WSC.
The WTCC will cease as an FIA world championship and instead become a world cup, running under the 'WTCR' acronym.
Factory entries will not be permitted, but manufacturers will be allowed to offer teams technical support.
The TCR International Series will also be discontinued, as will the WTCC-supporting European Touring Car Cup, which had run to TCR regulations.
A final proposal was voted for unanimously by the touring car commission in Paris last month, and the agreement was formally announced after Wednesday's meeting of the WMSC in Paris.
"When you look at it on the paper, I think it's common sense," WTCC chief and head of Eurosport Events Francois Ribeiro told Motorsport.com.
"He [Marcello Lotti, TCR's creator] has created a very good concept that has been very successful for the amount of manufacturers that have produced, homologated and sold TCR cars.
"On our side, we could give the level of promotion it deserves, some financial sustainability also and to plug FIA into this will only give the competition the sporting and technical level it deserves."
WTCR will remain a two-day event, but will instead switch to a three-race format, as proposed by Ribeiro.
Two practice sessions will run on the first morning of an event, with a half-hour qualifying session and first race also taking place.
Part of the WTCC's current format will then be condensed into the second day of track running, with its qualifying and main and opening races retained.
A maximum of 26 cars will be granted full season entries, while two wildcard entries will be available at each event, pending clearance from Eurosport and the FIA.
Current WTCC and TCR International Series outfits will be given priority in the application process, which opens on December 15.
The series will continue to be promoted by Eurosport, while the TCR regulations in place are frozen until 2019 - meaning only cars homologated by WSC and assigned an FIA WTCR passport will be eligible for competition.
The FIA will also work with TCR to calculate the balance of performance of cars at each event.
The 2018 calendar has not yet been formalised, but Ribeiro said a "very large majority" of rounds would be existing WTCC events.