The inaugural TCR Middle East series kicks off next weekend (12th-14th January) in Dubai, but time is running out for the entries as so far only two drivers have been confirmed to take part in the three event championship.
Former NASCAR and Lamborghini Trofeo racer Brandon Gdovic was the first to enter the championship in Volkswagon Golf TCR for experienced touring car stalwarts Engstler Motorsport with his teammate Luca Engstler confirmed just days later.
16 year old Luca will also make his TCR debut in Dubai in the team run and owned by his dad Franz, a former touring car racer himself dating back to the early 1990s, as they try to prepare Engstler junior for his full time assault on the TCR Germany series, which starts later in the year.
American Gdovic said he was was “really excited to be racing in Dubai for the first time and getting the opportunity to race in the TCR series. It will be a lot of firsts for me, but I’m looking forward to it and hoping for some good results.”
Also present in Dubai will be Michela Cerruti in the updated Alfa Romeo Giulietta TCR built by Romeo Ferraris, however this currently appears to be a one off race as the squad look to build on their TCR International series progress with some extra mileage under their belt.
The car currently runs with a 1.7 litre engine but hope to change the unit for the new 2.0 turbocharged block now seen in the new Giulia model.
This will also be a helpful test for lady racer Cerruti who has been out of competition for the last six months due to illness, replaced at the Macau finale last season by Andrea Belicchi.