Category: WTCC

WTCC contenders prepare to take the Nordschleife for rounds 7 & 8

  The WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) crews prepare for Rounds 7 and 8 at Nürburgring Nordschleife, from 25 – 27 May. This year’s WTCC Race of Germany is the 10th to take place in the country and the third held at the Nordschleife.

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Monteiro and Bennani take a win each at WTCC Race of Hungary

  The WTCC (World Touring Cars Championship) Race of Hungary saw Mehdi Bennani take the Main Race victory.. Bennani who won his fourth WTCC race became the fifth different winner this season. In the Opening Race, Tiago Monteiro won it in an emphatic way.

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WTCC Race Hungary promises an exciting show

The WTCC (World Touring Car Championship)  contingent is off to the next round at the Hungaroring, next weekend. The all-action global tour stops off in Hungary next week when thousands of Norbert Michelisz-worshiping fans, and their air horns, hit the Hungaroring for international touring car racing at its finest.

Following the spectacular slipstream thriller at the super-fast Monza last month, it’s off to another famous grand prix venue from 12-14 May. But while the speeds won’t be quite as high as they were in northern Italy, WTCC Race of Hungary is set to deliver some truly memorable on-track drama and excitement. And a national hero will be in the thick of the fight.

Michelisz, the original online gamer turned real-life racer, is the man most of Hungary will want to win. Driving for the factory Honda WTCC Team, Michelisz is a driver with revenge on his mind after his bid to take the lead of the Opening Race at Monza ended in retirement following a clash with Mehdi Bennani. The Moroccan, a winner in Hungary last season, will serve a five-place penalty for his part in the incident, while Michelisz will be desperate to claim the victory that got away last time out. The Hungarian has won at home in the WTCC twice before, following up his 2012 victory with a euphoric drive to glory in 2015, a performance that helped to secure a step up to the factory Honda team for the following season.

With four different winners after four rounds so far, the Race of Hungary is expected to be an all action for the competitors and fans alike. Tiago Monteiro, Michelisz’s factory Honda team-mate, heads the WTCC for drivers by 15 points over Polestar Racing’s Thed Björk with Björk’s Volvo-driving colleague Nicky Catsburg third and four points ahead of Michelisz. Rob Huff holds a one-point WTCC Trophy lead over Tom Chilton. As always, factory teams from Honda and Volvo Polestar go up against leading privateer entrants.

 

Lastly, compensation weight carried by World Touring Cars, which is designed to equalize performance using a time-based calculation, will be adjusted for Race of Hungary. The updated compensation weight list are: Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 0kg; Citroën C-Elysée WTCC 50kg; Honda Civic WTCC 80kg; LADA Vesta WTCC 0kg; and Volvo S60 Polestar 80kg.

2017 WTCC Season updates

The WTCC  calendar features return to iconic venues Monza and Macau, a new track for WTCC Race of China, plus a mid-July date for WTCC Race of Argentina. In addition, the series’ reduced schedule, 10 weekends only, means every result counts.

The Main Race is longer than before with more points on offer to the top 10 (new scale: 1=30 points; 2=23; 3=19; 4=16; 5=13; 6=10; 7=7; 8=4; 9=2; 10=1). WTCC MAC3, the Tour de France-inspired time trial, continues with two more points for winning. Plus, new two-day format to reduce costs, featuring free Practice 1 and 2 (45 minutes sessions), there’ll be no Friday testing.

Monteiro and Guerrieri share victories at WTCC season-opener

  The WTCC (World Touring Cars Championship) season-opener at Marrakech, Morocco saw Esteban Guerrieri and Tiago Monteiro take victories in the opening and main races. Guerrieri, who races for Campos Racing, claimed his very first WTCC win, while Monteiro led home team mate Norbert Michelisz for an excellent Honda 1-2 finish.

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2017 WTCC Season kicks off in a week at Race of Morocco

  The 2017 WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) is about to get underway on the streets of Marrakech, Morocco next week 7-9 April. Marrakech is set to host the WTCC for the eighth time. this season.

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WTCC Teams and drivers shape up for new season

  The 2017 WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) Teams and drivers are shaping up to embark the season-opener at the Marrackech Circuit, next month. Eight drivers are billed as Championship contenders and the WTCC aces are expecting big open fight for title glory.

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Rob Huff tops WTCC Pre-season testing

  Former WTCC Champion Rob Huff took charge of the recent pre-season test session by going fastest during all four sessions at the Monza track.

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BESAGROUP Team Vuković Motorsport joins ETCC with three-car entry

  The 2017 ETCC (European Touring Car Cup) continues to grow in strength with confirmation of a new three-car entry from BESAGROUP Team Vuković Motorsport.

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Four-time WRC Champion Sebastien Ogier signs up with M-Sport WRT

 2016 WRC Rally Wales GB Sebastien Ogier 4th drivers crown After four terrific seasons with Volkswagen, four-time WRC Champion Sebastien Ogier has signed on with the M-Sport World Rally Team for the 2017 season. Having tested the brand new Ecoboost-powered Ford Fiesta in Wales last month, the Frenchman was sufficiently impressed to agree terms with the British team.

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Provisional 2017 WTCC Calendar announced

 2014 WTCC Japan Jose Maria Lopez leads race 1 Just a week after the end of the current WTCC (World Touring Cars Championship) season, the organizers have announced the new provisional calendar for the 2017 season.

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