As the inaugural season of the TCR Asia Series approaches and final logsitics are set in place organisers have been forced to change the originally scheduled start date in Zhuhai, to the second round at Sepang after it became clear that new customs procedures in Zhuhai could see cars stranded in China ahead of the Malaysian event.
“We’ve been advised by our shipping agents that new regulations regarding the transport of containers into and out of China will affect the ability for us to get cars from Zhuhai to Sepang for round two in time,” TCR Asia Series promoter David Sonenscher explained. “In fact the new legislation could well have jeopardised our ability to get the cars to Singapore for the combined TCR International round.
“Frustratingly the new procedures means that cars will be forced to wait as much as two weeks after Zhuhai before they can leave port, and then transport to Malaysia will take another ten days.
“It was always going to be a fast turnaround with three weeks between Zhuhai and Sepang, but this makes it impossible, so we’ve had little choice but to cancel the first round.
“We are discussing the potential of a replacement round either just prior to, or not long after Macau, however our immediate focus is preparing for Sepang.”
With the opening round now scheduled for Sepang in early September [4-6], teams are given a little more time to prepare for the historic first TCR Asia Series event.
“Preparations are continuing with both teams and new manufacturers, and we will be able to release details of both very soon, however things are following a path that we always expected they would, so we’re really happy with the way the series is unfolding,” Sonenscher added.
“Zhuhai was certainly a setback, but we can’t risk having cars caught in transit, so we had to make the hard decision, but out of every setback comes a new opportunity, and that extra three weeks will give some of the teams looking to make the season opener a little bit more breathing space.”
2015 TCR Asia Series – Calendar
4-6 September, Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia
18-20 September, Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore
23-25 October, Buriram International Circuit, Thailand
20-22 November, Guia Circuit, Macau