2018 Assen, TCR Europe Preview
The TCR Europe Series resumes at Assen
The TCR Europe Series resumes after a six-week break for rounds 9 and 10 at Assen's TT Circuit as part of the Gamma Racing Day, a popular race meeting that also includes the FIM Sidecar World Championship, the CIK-FIA European Superkart Championship and the Dutch Supercar Challenge.
Mikel Azcona and Dušan Borković arrive in the Netherlands as first and second in the standings, split by just one point. The young Spaniard and his PCR Sport Cupra top the table with 112 points, while the Serbian driver has scored 111 at the wheel of the Target Competition Hyundai i30 N. Dániel Nagy lies in third position with a gap of 25 points, with the aim of claming his first win in the M1RA Hyundai.
Some other drivers have the opportunity to relaunch their chances in the title fight, such as Leopard Lukoil Team's Jean-Karl Vernay and the Hell Energy Racing duo of Josh Files and Attila Tassi. The latter is also looking for a maiden race win just like Stefano Comini, Stian Paulsen, Kris Richard and home boy Danny Kroes who teams up with Azcona at PCR Sport.
Because of the combination between Balance of Performance and Compensation Weight, the Hyundai and Cupra will be the heaviest cars in Assen, running at 1305 kg. The Audi RS3 LMS and Honda Civic Type R will be ten kilos lighter (1295 kg), while the Peugeot 308 and Volkswagen Golf GTI will run at 1285 and 1275 kg respectively.
The Assen races will also award points for the TCR Benelux and TCR Swiss trophies.