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Rounds 13 & 14 – Sochi, Russia – 2 / 3 July 2016


TCR returns to the Olympic Park’s F1 racetrack

The TCR International Series returns to the Sochi Autodrom that hosted the series last year in its maiden season.

This state-of-the-art racetrack, designed by Hermann Tilke, is sandwiched in amongst the stunning Olympic Park facilities; it was inaugurated in 2014 and has hosted the Formula One Russian Grand Prix each year since then.

Last year’s TCR event saw Jordi Gené and Pepe Oriola finish 1-2 for Craft-Bamboo Lukoil in Race 1, while Stefano Comini won the second race from Oriola and local heroes Mikhail Grachev and Sergey Afanasyev.

The upcoming weekend will be packed with action, as the SMP Russian Circuit Racing Series shares the bill with the TCR International Series. The local races will include Touring (TCR Russia)/Super Production, Touring Light, National and CN Sport Prototype.

The TCR International Series will hit the track on Saturday, with two 30-minute Practice sessions and Qualifying, split into Q1 (20 minutes) and Q2 (10 minutes, for the twelve fastest in Q1).

A ten-minute shakedown will take place on Sunday morning, followed by the two back-to-back races in the early afternoon.

TCR in Sochi – the event at a glance

Lap distance: 5.85 km

Race distance: 11 laps

Start: standing

Grids: determined by the Qualifying results (Q1+Q2) with top-10 reversed for Race 2

Saturday, 10:00/10:30 - Free Practice 1

Saturday, 12:15/12:45 - Free Practice 2

Saturday, 15:20/15:55 - Qualifying (Q1 + Q2)

Sunday, 09:10/09:20 - Shakedown

Sunday, 12:35 - Race 1

Sunday, 14:05 - Race 2

all times: GMT +3

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