TCR International Series adds four new events to 2017 calendar

The TCR International Series has added four new races to its calendar for the 2017 season, with Georgia set to stage a major motorsport event for the first time.

The touring car championship has also added dates in Monaco, Hungary and Abu Dhabi ahead of its third season.

Georgia’s Rustavi International Motopark will get the 2017 campaign underway on April 2 before the series returns to the Bahrain International Circuit on April 16.

Belgium’s Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps will stage its leg on May 7, with the Circuit de Monaco and the Salzburgring in Austria to host events on May 28 and June 11, respectively.

The Hungaroring circuit in Budapest will play host on July 2 before the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in Germany stages its event a week later.

A two-month summer break will follow before the series travels to Asia for an event at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand on September 3. Either Korea or China will host a leg on October 8 before the season concludes at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on November 26.

TCR events in Bahrain, Monaco and Abu Dhabi will coincide with Formula One grands prix on the same weekend. TCR’s Belgian event in May will also support the World Endurance Championship for the second year in a row.

The Austrian and Hungarian TCR events will each be held in conjunction with the GT Open, while Germany’s TCR leg will be staged together with the ADAC TCR Germany series.

“It is definitely an exciting sequence of venues,” TCR promoter Marcello Lotti said. “The addition of Monaco, Georgia, Hungary and Abu Dhabi will add further glamour to the series and will also enable the TCR concept to broaden its horizons even further.”