After a venture into the TCR arena on a limited basis with detuned cars in 2017, the promise of the TCR class in Pirelli World Challenge was strong. As the launch of the 2018 season nears next month at Circuit of The Americas, that promise is being fulfilled with Audi and Volkswagen efforts already announced. A new piece of the TCR puzzle was added today as two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bryan Herta Autosport announced a new program for the Hyundai i30 N TCR car with drivers Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis.
“Hyundai is coming out with a new performance line, the N, and they wanted to go racing to highlight their performance,” BHA President and CEO Bryan Herta said from the Chicago Auto Show where the program was announced. “We identified the Pirelli World Challenge TCR class as a good entry point for us; They reviewed the motorsport landscape and we did the same, and we both came to the conclusion that Pirelli World Challenge was going to offer the highest level of competition and the best exposure for their first year here. Everything came together very quickly from there.”