After a long wait, the 2020 World Touring World Cup (WTCR) season kicks off this weekend in Zolder, Belgium, and organizers are aware of exactly how many months of man-made health care is going through the coronavirus epidemic.
In support of the International Automobile Federation (FIA) #PurposeDriven campaign, the promoter of the series has announced its own charity initiative. Eurosport Events will donate one euro to healthcare workers in the countries where the championship will be held this year – ie Belgium, Hungary and Germany, Italy, Spain and Slovakia – for each kilometer of pilots entered for the entire season in each time trial and competition.
The #RaceToCare fundraising campaign has set a dream limit of € 100,000, with the help of competitors and shareholders.
“It was the firm wish of Eurosport Events and the WTCR family that as soon as it is safe and right to return to racing, we need to do something with a clear goal for the health professionals who have made tremendous efforts to help people get through this pandemic, during a tough period ” – He told François Ribeiro, head of Eurosport Events.
“We felt we couldn’t go back without doing something for those who were committed to the fight against COVID-19 and without whom there would be no international motorsport events.”
The season opener in Zolder will be held behind closed gates – with the exception of the official staff, even media staff will not be admitted – as is possible in the case of the following venues, although Zsolt Gyulay, President and CEO of Hungaroring Sport Zrt. there is also a scenario to host a joint weekend of WTCR and Truck-Eb in a spectacle of 5,000 spectators.
The WTCR program has already started on Friday, with time trial training starting at 2pm on Saturday and Sunday’s races starting at 10.30am and 2.15pm. Four Hungarian riders (Norbert Michelisz, Attila Tassi, Bence Boldizs, Gábor Kismarty-Lechner) and Zengő Motorsport are also there in the permanent field of 20 people, this year the timers and races will be broadcast live by Eurosport and Sport TV.