The TCR Scandinavian Series AB has together with the new promoter MOM Events AB, unveiled a strong programme for the 2020 TCR Scandinavia championship, with €70,000 in prize money, and a new junior class.
“We have together with our new promoter MOM Events AB produced a very strong package to take TCR Scandinavia to the next level from 2020 and beyond. We are together seeing a very bright future for the top-level of Scandinavian racing,” said Greger Petersson, head of TCR Scandinavian Series AB.
MOM Events AB, with CEO Micke Bern, will take over the development of promotion and marketing of the championship from 2020.
“I have had an extensive dialogue with Greger about TCR and Scandinavian top-level racing. I am flattered to have this opportunity, but I am also aware of the responsibility that comes with it. We are young and hungry to drive the development of the championship with our teams, drivers and partners,” said Micke Bern, who previously has raced in the STCC and started the Swedish circuit Ljungbyhed.
The teams will race for a total of €70,000 in prize money next year as an important part of the continued growth of the championship.
“The prize money will be our way of reinvesting directly in our competitors. It provides a strong motivating factor to the current competitors and potential new drivers and teams,” said Micke Bern.
The preliminary calendar for the 2020 season features seven race weekends. Five rounds are confirmed in Sweden, at Knutstorp, Skellefteå Drive Center, which made a successful debut this year, Falkenberg, Gelleråsen Arena, and a season finale at Mantorp Park, with the other two events TBA.
“We are continuing our cooperation with our Danish counterpart, and our aim is to have two races in Denmark next year, the pinnacle of which would hopefully be a street race in Copenhagen, a popular and spectacular race weekend right in the centre of the Danish capital,” said Greger Petersson.
A new junior class will also be introduced next year for drivers that are no older than 25 years. The class will be restricted to cars that are at least three years old.
“We have seen very talented drivers like Andreas Wernersson, Linus Ohlsson and Henric Skoog grow and take the next step from the junior classes in the past. With our new junior format, we create even better conditions to secure the growth of Swedish top-level racing,” said Micke Bern.
Part of the junior programme is a test day at Gelleråsen Arena following the season finale with reigning champions PWR Racing. The test day has attracted a huge interest and is fully booked, with a dozen drivers entered.
“By only allowing older cars and a lower entry fee, we keep the costs down at the same time as they race with more or less the same base material as the top teams use in the TCR Scandinavia as well as the World Touring Car Cup,” said Micke Bern.
The 2019 TCR Scandinavia title will be decided this weekend at Mantorp Park, where four drivers are in the title race – Robert Dahlgren, Tobias Brink, Andreas Ahlberg and Andreas Wernersson.
2020 TCR Scandinavia calendar*
15-16/8 Gelleråsen Arena
03-04/10 Mantorp Park
* = Preliminary