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Season 26 WTCR Season Preview

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Who is your favourite to win the WTCR championship?

  • David Dhoore

    Votes: 4 28.6%
  • Ralf Arella

    Votes: 3 21.4%
  • Vlastimil Lukas

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • Robert Horvath

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • Greg Metcalf

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Elmar Kurbinov

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • Janko Glavac

    Votes: 4 28.6%
  • Someone else - post your choice below!

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .

Daniel Badcock

Well-Known Member

The opening round of season 26 at RRLeagues on the 9th January 2019 will see the debut of the WTCR class, with drivers battling it out over 8 rounds in cars representing Alfa Romeo, Audi, Honda, Hyundai, Peugeot, Seat and Volkswagen.

Following a hotly contested season 24 (WTCC) during the Almighty Autumn series of 2018, Raceroom's new WTCR class has made for a highly anticipated series at RRLeagues with the series being fully subscribed after just 5 days with 36 drivers raring to get the championship under way.

Among the contenders is reigning two-time WTCC champion (season 12 & 24), David Dhoore (Intense Racing) and he will surely be aiming for the top spot once again. Among those challenging him for championship honours will be; season 24 (WTCC) runner-up and long time RRLeagues #1 driver - Ralf Arella (Virtual Insanity Racing) and season 12 (WTCC) runner-up - Vlastimil Lukas (BH Racing). Due to the popularity of the new WTCR class, RRLeagues has seen many new drivers join with the ambition of lifting silverware come the end of the championship. Of note is Elmar Kurbanov who is a regular in Raceroom's Oscaro WTCR Esports competition, but currently leading the leader boards for the opening round are 27-time race winner and reigning GT3 champion - Robert Horvath (Pulp Friction Racing), 2-time race winner and long time RRLeagues driver - Greg Metcalf (also Pulp Friction Racing) and RRLeagues debutant - Janko Glavac (Balkan Guys), who has also shown promising pace in testing.

In the teams' championship, Virtual Insanity Racing will be looking to replicate their achievement of season 24 (WTCC), in which they were champions as 'Seventy Seven' and Intense Racing will be looking to build on their second place finish in season 24 (WTCC). However with testing almost over, who knows who will come out on top.

With qualifying in the format of 'super pole' followed by one 60km and one 120km race, drivers are bound to be tested to their limits with the season opener being held at the iconic Suzuka Grand Prix circuit, which features a rare 'figure of 8' layout, before the paddock visits; Oscherleben, Mid Ohio, Sachsenring, Zhuhai, Mantorp Park, one track which is TBC, before finishing at the tricky Mount Panorama circuit at Bathurst on the 17th April 2019.

Only a matter of hours remain between now and lights out with this season promising to be one of the most thrilling RRLeagues has seen so far.

The question is, who will take first blood and get their season off to a dream start? You have 3 days to vote for your preseason favourite for the title!!

Simon Fillingham

Staff member
Driver Champion
On experience, and with utmost respect to our past champion, its not the quickest guy that will be crowned S26 WTCR champ.

S12, and in particular S24, were real hotly contested series which seemed to be the undoing of a few drivers. If a drivers desire to hit the front outweighs his ability to take stock and accept what he's got, sometimes he will come unstuck as the competition for the top 10 positions is really close and that must be respected.

David has proven he has what it takes twice over, and is quick, so must start as a favourite for the series. I put Ralf alongside David too, both possess the ability to gracefully avoid trouble and importantly, avoid penalties also.

From what I've seen, Robert is quick as are Elmar & Janko, but being successful in a RRL World Touring Car series requires something else. Time will tell who mixes their magic spell to perfection.
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