Opel partners with Recaro for inaugural TCR Germany season

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On April 15 to 17, 2016, the first season of the new German Touring Car Championship ‘ADAC TCR Germany’ starts in Oschersleben. It is part of the wider-reaching TCR series’ that takes place worldwide. The new German championship follows the regulations of other TCR championships, promising manufacturers ‘exciting motor racing at financially attractive conditions’. Recaro Automotive Seating has announced that it will be equipping the new Astra TCR of Opel Motorsport with racing shells of the Pro Racer SPG type.

“We are very happy about the decision by Opel Motorsport to use Recaro racing shells in all Astra TCRs,” says Frank Link, head of motorsport at Recaro Automotive Seating. “In this way we are continuing a decades-long close cooperation in the new racing series and at the same time will be able to demonstrate our motorsport expertise in an outstanding vehicle in numerous competitions internationally. After all, the champion team of the international TCR competition 2015, Target Competition, is this year relying on Opel – and Recaro.”

“The TCR is an ideal platform for offering real racing touring cars at attractive conditions to our customers both nationally and internationally,” says Opel motorsport director Jörg Schrott. “For us, Recaro is the right partner in the Astra TCR project. In our view, the current Recaro Pro Racer SPG offers an ideal combination of technology, comfort, and safety.”

The racing shell Pro Racer SPG is the Recaro seat for GT and touring car racing according to FIA standard 8855-1999. It was developed for use with HANS belt systems, is made of glass fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP). In 2016 Recaro Automotive Seating is also a partner of Opel Motorsport in the ADAC Opel Rallye Junior Team. The seat specialists are equipping three Opel ADAM R2 works cars with appropriate racing shells.

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