FIA WTCC https://www.fiawtcc.com Real cars, real racing Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:05:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Polestar Cyan Racing reveals new WTCC driver line-up and targets world title glory for Volvo https://www.fiawtcc.com/polestar-cyan-racing-reveals-new-wtcc-driver-line-up-and-targets-world-title-glory-for-volvo/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:00:18 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252757

Factory Volvo team Polestar Cyan Racing has recruited an all-star driver line-up to achieve its stated aim in 2017: to win the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

At a press conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, today (27 February), it was announced that Nicky Catsburg and Néstor Girolami will join long-term Volvo driver and multiple Scandinavian Touring Car champion Thed Björk to form a potent driving force.

They will race the uprated Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, which has undergone a significant test and development programme during the winter through an increase in engineering and technical resources. That investment has been backed up by the opening of the new CYAN Motorsport Center in Gothenburg, built at a cost of 18 million euros to underline the Polestar team’s determination to land the coveted FIA world title.

And by adding Catsburg and Girolami to its fold, Polestar Cyan Racing has three WTCC title contenders on its books as one of the most open World Touring Car Championships for almost a decade prepares for lift-off at WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “This is a huge statement of intent, on track and off track, to promote Polestar performance on a global stage. Racing is part of the DNA of most automotive performance brands. Polestar Cyan Racing deserves big praise for giving Néstor his big break having allowed him the opportunity to demonstrate his potential during a one-off race at Motegi last season. We are all aware of Thed’s ability after he won WTCC Race of China last year, while Nicky was one of the best WTCC performers last year. I wish them well in reaching their objective in 2017, and welcome the competition among the team and against the rest of the field.”

Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar, said: “We have full confidence in the preparations and abilities of the Polestar Cyan Racing team and the driver line-up with Thed, Néstor and Nicky. However, we are by no means expecting an easy time to reach our goal as it has been brought forward one year and the opposition is as tough as ever. But there should be no doubt that we have the world title as our ultimate goal this year.”

Björk, who famously scored his, Volvo and Polestar’s maiden WTCC victory at WTCC Race of China last season, said: “The feeling to win our first race already in our first season was incredible and it has really boosted my confidence ahead of the new season, in which we have set ourselves new and higher targets. The off-season testing has been rewarding, I have never before driven this much ahead of a season and I feel well prepared to fight for the world title. I am also really glad to have Néstor and Nicky on board – they are both very fast and professional.”

Double Súper TC2000 champion Néstor Girolami said: “I am extremely grateful to get this opportunity together with Polestar Cyan Racing. My first race with them last year was really promising and I felt right at home with the team. Together with everyone in the team, Thed and Nicky and I hope to take the next step forward in the result lists this year.”

Nicky Catsburg scored his first WTCC win in Russia last year and is also an accomplished GT driver. “I followed Polestar Cyan Racing’s progress closely from a competing team in 2016 and I am very glad to join them now. Their results from last year were impressive and I hope that I, together with Thed and Néstor, can put on a strong performance in order to deliver on our tough goals for the 2017 season.”

Polestar Cyan Racing’s winter testing programme has focused on tracks in southern Europe. Its three Volvo S60 Polestar TC1s will be back on track for the official WTCC test at Monza in Italy on 14 March.

Pictured from left to right: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (Polestar's GT driver), Néstor Girolami, Nicky Catsburg and Thed Björk]]>

Factory Volvo team Polestar Cyan Racing has recruited an all-star driver line-up to achieve its stated aim in 2017: to win the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

At a press conference in Gothenburg, Sweden, today (27 February), it was announced that Nicky Catsburg and Néstor Girolami will join long-term Volvo driver and multiple Scandinavian Touring Car champion Thed Björk to form a potent driving force.

They will race the uprated Volvo S60 Polestar TC1, which has undergone a significant test and development programme during the winter through an increase in engineering and technical resources. That investment has been backed up by the opening of the new CYAN Motorsport Center in Gothenburg, built at a cost of 18 million euros to underline the Polestar team’s determination to land the coveted FIA world title.

And by adding Catsburg and Girolami to its fold, Polestar Cyan Racing has three WTCC title contenders on its books as one of the most open World Touring Car Championships for almost a decade prepares for lift-off at WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “This is a huge statement of intent, on track and off track, to promote Polestar performance on a global stage. Racing is part of the DNA of most automotive performance brands. Polestar Cyan Racing deserves big praise for giving Néstor his big break having allowed him the opportunity to demonstrate his potential during a one-off race at Motegi last season. We are all aware of Thed’s ability after he won WTCC Race of China last year, while Nicky was one of the best WTCC performers last year. I wish them well in reaching their objective in 2017, and welcome the competition among the team and against the rest of the field.”

Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar, said: “We have full confidence in the preparations and abilities of the Polestar Cyan Racing team and the driver line-up with Thed, Néstor and Nicky. However, we are by no means expecting an easy time to reach our goal as it has been brought forward one year and the opposition is as tough as ever. But there should be no doubt that we have the world title as our ultimate goal this year.”

Björk, who famously scored his, Volvo and Polestar’s maiden WTCC victory at WTCC Race of China last season, said: “The feeling to win our first race already in our first season was incredible and it has really boosted my confidence ahead of the new season, in which we have set ourselves new and higher targets. The off-season testing has been rewarding, I have never before driven this much ahead of a season and I feel well prepared to fight for the world title. I am also really glad to have Néstor and Nicky on board – they are both very fast and professional.”

Double Súper TC2000 champion Néstor Girolami said: “I am extremely grateful to get this opportunity together with Polestar Cyan Racing. My first race with them last year was really promising and I felt right at home with the team. Together with everyone in the team, Thed and Nicky and I hope to take the next step forward in the result lists this year.”

Nicky Catsburg scored his first WTCC win in Russia last year and is also an accomplished GT driver. “I followed Polestar Cyan Racing’s progress closely from a competing team in 2016 and I am very glad to join them now. Their results from last year were impressive and I hope that I, together with Thed and Néstor, can put on a strong performance in order to deliver on our tough goals for the 2017 season.”

Polestar Cyan Racing’s winter testing programme has focused on tracks in southern Europe. Its three Volvo S60 Polestar TC1s will be back on track for the official WTCC test at Monza in Italy on 14 March.

Pictured from left to right: Prince Carl Philip of Sweden (Polestar's GT driver), Néstor Girolami, Nicky Catsburg and Thed Björk]]>
Polestar Cyan Racing gets ready to reveal WTCC driver line-up https://www.fiawtcc.com/polestar-cyan-racing-gets-ready-to-reveal-wtcc-driver-line-up/ Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:00:38 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252750

The drivers who will chase FIA World Touring Car Championship success for Polestar Cyan Racing in 2017 will become known later today when the factory Volvo squad reveals its line-up for the upcoming season.

At approximately 15h00 CET today, the Swedish team’s three WTCC racers will be announced at a launch in Gothenburg, which will be broadcast live on YouTube, Facebook and http://live.polestar.com from 14h00.

No information on the identity of the trio has been released so far beyond this video and confirmation that Polestar Cyan Racing will run a third Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 having operated as a two-car effort during its debut season in 2016.

The 2017 WTCC season gets underway in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-9 April.]]>

The drivers who will chase FIA World Touring Car Championship success for Polestar Cyan Racing in 2017 will become known later today when the factory Volvo squad reveals its line-up for the upcoming season.

At approximately 15h00 CET today, the Swedish team’s three WTCC racers will be announced at a launch in Gothenburg, which will be broadcast live on YouTube, Facebook and http://live.polestar.com from 14h00.

No information on the identity of the trio has been released so far beyond this video and confirmation that Polestar Cyan Racing will run a third Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 having operated as a two-car effort during its debut season in 2016.

The 2017 WTCC season gets underway in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7-9 April.]]>
WTCC season build up: #8 Japan https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-season-build-up-8-japan/ Sun, 26 Feb 2017 05:00:43 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252746

Japan hosts the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the 10th time from 27-29 October. Here’s what you need to know.

TRACK ESSENTIALS
Name: Twin Ring Motegi
Location: 120-1 Hiyama, Motegi-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi Pref. 321-3597, Japan
Website: www.twinring.jp
Length: 4.801 kilometres
Opening Race distance: 11 laps (52.811km)
Main Race distance: 13 laps (62.413km)
Lap record (qualifying): Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic) 1m55.596s (149.5kph), 12/09/15
Lap record (race): Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Civic WTCC) 1m57.136s (147.6kph), 13/09/15
WTCC appearances: 2 (WTCC Race of Japan also took place at Suzuka and Okayama)
Nearest airport: Narita International Airport (130 kilometres)

TRACK GUIDE IN 100 WORDS
Twin Ring Motegi, in the Tochigi Prefecture 145 kilometres north of the capital Tokyo, is home of WTCC Race of Japan for the third year running following four successful seasons at Suzuka and three at Okayama. Motegi also hosts the country’s MotoGP round in October and the track layout, with its long straights and braking zones, always delivers great WTCC action, while two crossover points produce spectacular photography. Oval and traditional road course aside, Twin Ring Motegi houses a hotel, kart track, safer driving centre plus the impressive Honda Collection Hall with its vast displays of two- and four-wheel machinery.

FIVE FACTS
1: Honda commissioned the build of Twin Ring Motegi in 1997 to bring IndyCar racing to Japan. America’s CART series raced at the circuit from 1998-2002, before Honda entered the Indy Racing League in 2003 when Motegi gained a place on that calendar.
2: Its name comes from it having two racetracks – a 2.49-kilometre oval and the 4.8-kilometre road course that the WTCC aces will race on.
3: The late IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon won for Honda at Motegi in 2004, and in 2008 Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar race at the track. The series’ Motegi finale was run in 2011.
4: Tiago Monteiro was a popular winner for Honda when the Twin Ring Motegi hosted the WTCC for the first time in 2015, a feat repeated by fellow factory Honda driver Norbert Michelisz in 2016.
5: Japan hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo and will do so again in 2020. The country also hosted the 1972 and ’98 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and Nagano respectively.

THE WINNERS
2016: Opening Race: Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic); Main Race: Yvan Muller (Citroën)
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic)
2014: R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Civic)
2013: R1: Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic); R2: Tom Coronel (BMW 320)
2012: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Stefano D’Aste (BMW 320)
2011: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Tom Coronel (BMW 320)
2010: R1: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Colin Turkington (BMW 320)
2009: R1: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320); R2: Augusto Farfus (BMW 320)
2008: R1: Rickard Rydell (SEAT León); R2: Tom Coronel (SEAT León)

THE VENUES
2015-Present: Twin Ring Motegi
2011-2014: Suzuka
2008-2010: Okayama

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016?
Norbert Michelisz headed a Honda 1-2-3 on home soil as José María López became provisional FIA World Touring Car champion for 2016 following two action-packed races. After finishing a battling fourth in the Opening Race, the Argentine was leading the Main Race comfortably from the DHL pole position when he slowed to let Citroën team-mate Yvan Muller take what was the four-time world champion’s first victory of 2016. However, second place was enough to put López’s third WTCC title beyond doubt. Elsewhere, Sébastien Loeb Racing drivers Tom Chilton and Mehdi Bennani shared the WTCC Trophy honours, while Citroën closed in on a third makes’ crown. Rob Huff and Tiago Monteiro completed the Opening Race podium for Honda, with Monteiro third behind Muller and López in the Main Race. Néstor Girolami marked his return to WTCC action with fifth for Polestar Cyan Racing in the Main Race, as Nicky Catsburg and Gabriele Tarquini scored for LADA. López claimed the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy.

Opening Race DHL Pole Position: Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic WTCC)
Main Race DHL Pole Position: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC) 1m58.061s
WTCC MAC3 winner: Team Citroën]]>

Japan hosts the FIA World Touring Car Championship for the 10th time from 27-29 October. Here’s what you need to know.

TRACK ESSENTIALS
Name: Twin Ring Motegi
Location: 120-1 Hiyama, Motegi-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi Pref. 321-3597, Japan
Website: www.twinring.jp
Length: 4.801 kilometres
Opening Race distance: 11 laps (52.811km)
Main Race distance: 13 laps (62.413km)
Lap record (qualifying): Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic) 1m55.596s (149.5kph), 12/09/15
Lap record (race): Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Civic WTCC) 1m57.136s (147.6kph), 13/09/15
WTCC appearances: 2 (WTCC Race of Japan also took place at Suzuka and Okayama)
Nearest airport: Narita International Airport (130 kilometres)

TRACK GUIDE IN 100 WORDS
Twin Ring Motegi, in the Tochigi Prefecture 145 kilometres north of the capital Tokyo, is home of WTCC Race of Japan for the third year running following four successful seasons at Suzuka and three at Okayama. Motegi also hosts the country’s MotoGP round in October and the track layout, with its long straights and braking zones, always delivers great WTCC action, while two crossover points produce spectacular photography. Oval and traditional road course aside, Twin Ring Motegi houses a hotel, kart track, safer driving centre plus the impressive Honda Collection Hall with its vast displays of two- and four-wheel machinery.

FIVE FACTS
1: Honda commissioned the build of Twin Ring Motegi in 1997 to bring IndyCar racing to Japan. America’s CART series raced at the circuit from 1998-2002, before Honda entered the Indy Racing League in 2003 when Motegi gained a place on that calendar.
2: Its name comes from it having two racetracks – a 2.49-kilometre oval and the 4.8-kilometre road course that the WTCC aces will race on.
3: The late IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon won for Honda at Motegi in 2004, and in 2008 Danica Patrick became the first woman to win an IndyCar race at the track. The series’ Motegi finale was run in 2011.
4: Tiago Monteiro was a popular winner for Honda when the Twin Ring Motegi hosted the WTCC for the first time in 2015, a feat repeated by fellow factory Honda driver Norbert Michelisz in 2016.
5: Japan hosted the 1964 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo and will do so again in 2020. The country also hosted the 1972 and ’98 Winter Olympics in Sapporo and Nagano respectively.

THE WINNERS
2016: Opening Race: Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic); Main Race: Yvan Muller (Citroën)
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic)
2014: R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Gabriele Tarquini (Honda Civic)
2013: R1: Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic); R2: Tom Coronel (BMW 320)
2012: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Stefano D’Aste (BMW 320)
2011: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Tom Coronel (BMW 320)
2010: R1: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Colin Turkington (BMW 320)
2009: R1: Andy Priaulx (BMW 320); R2: Augusto Farfus (BMW 320)
2008: R1: Rickard Rydell (SEAT León); R2: Tom Coronel (SEAT León)

THE VENUES
2015-Present: Twin Ring Motegi
2011-2014: Suzuka
2008-2010: Okayama

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016?
Norbert Michelisz headed a Honda 1-2-3 on home soil as José María López became provisional FIA World Touring Car champion for 2016 following two action-packed races. After finishing a battling fourth in the Opening Race, the Argentine was leading the Main Race comfortably from the DHL pole position when he slowed to let Citroën team-mate Yvan Muller take what was the four-time world champion’s first victory of 2016. However, second place was enough to put López’s third WTCC title beyond doubt. Elsewhere, Sébastien Loeb Racing drivers Tom Chilton and Mehdi Bennani shared the WTCC Trophy honours, while Citroën closed in on a third makes’ crown. Rob Huff and Tiago Monteiro completed the Opening Race podium for Honda, with Monteiro third behind Muller and López in the Main Race. Néstor Girolami marked his return to WTCC action with fifth for Polestar Cyan Racing in the Main Race, as Nicky Catsburg and Gabriele Tarquini scored for LADA. López claimed the TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy.

Opening Race DHL Pole Position: Norbert Michelisz (Honda Civic WTCC)
Main Race DHL Pole Position: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC) 1m58.061s
WTCC MAC3 winner: Team Citroën]]>
Stat Saturday: WTCC manufacturer laps led https://www.fiawtcc.com/stat-saturday-wtcc-manufacturer-laps-led/ Sat, 25 Feb 2017 05:00:55 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252741

With more wins, pole positions and fastest laps than any other manufacturer, it’s no surprise that Chevrolet tops the lot when it comes to laps led in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

To date, drivers in Chevrolet cars have led 1058 racing laps with BMW next on the list on 891 laps led. The full list appears below.

Chevrolet, 1058
BMW, 891
SEAT, 568
Citroën, 542
Honda, 297
Alfa Romeo, 173
LADA, 87
Ford, 4

Tom Coronel is pictured leading WTCC Race of Portugal in Vila Real last June at the wheel of his ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1.]]>

With more wins, pole positions and fastest laps than any other manufacturer, it’s no surprise that Chevrolet tops the lot when it comes to laps led in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

To date, drivers in Chevrolet cars have led 1058 racing laps with BMW next on the list on 891 laps led. The full list appears below.

Chevrolet, 1058
BMW, 891
SEAT, 568
Citroën, 542
Honda, 297
Alfa Romeo, 173
LADA, 87
Ford, 4

Tom Coronel is pictured leading WTCC Race of Portugal in Vila Real last June at the wheel of his ROAL Motorsport Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1.]]>
WTCC gets bigger in Japan with J SPORTS live TV agreement https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-gets-bigger-in-japan-with-j-sports-live-tv-agreement/ Fri, 24 Feb 2017 07:00:01 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252729

The popularity of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Japan will continue to rise in 2017 following confirmation of a live television agreement between WTCC promoter Eurosport Events and J SPORTS.

J SPORTS will broadcast live coverage of WTCC races this season plus highlights from Qualifying and the WTCC MAC3 team time trial in the build-up to the race action across its four branded channels and website.

The new agreements follow last month’s announcement by Honda of its three-car factory line-up in the WTCC, which includes Japanese racer Ryo Michigami, the first driver from the country to secure a season-long World Touring Car Championship works deal.

Michigami said: “J SPORTS is the channel for motorsport in Japan because they show every SUPER GT race live. I spent a long time racing in those series and J SPORTS did a very good job. I’m sure they’ll do the same for the WTCC and I hope that it will help the Japanese motorsport fans to become more familiar and passionate about the WTCC.”

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, added: “The WTCC and Japan are intrinsically linked and this exciting agreement with J SPORTS is another fine example of this long-standing collaboration. With Honda extending its commitment to the WTCC and backing it up by entering a Japanese driver for a full campaign, the partnership with J SPORTS couldn’t have come at a better time. We hope the live coverage will not only appeal to motorsport fans in Japan but hopefully also attract new audiences.”

Marrakech in Morocco hosts the opening round of this year’s WTCC from 7-9 April. WTCC Race of Japan takes place at Twin Ring Motegi north of Tokyo from 27-29 October with a highlights package aired on TV Osaka under a long-standing partnership.

More information about J SPORTS and its live coverage of the WTCC can be found by visiting its new website here.]]>

The popularity of the FIA World Touring Car Championship in Japan will continue to rise in 2017 following confirmation of a live television agreement between WTCC promoter Eurosport Events and J SPORTS.

J SPORTS will broadcast live coverage of WTCC races this season plus highlights from Qualifying and the WTCC MAC3 team time trial in the build-up to the race action across its four branded channels and website.

The new agreements follow last month’s announcement by Honda of its three-car factory line-up in the WTCC, which includes Japanese racer Ryo Michigami, the first driver from the country to secure a season-long World Touring Car Championship works deal.

Michigami said: “J SPORTS is the channel for motorsport in Japan because they show every SUPER GT race live. I spent a long time racing in those series and J SPORTS did a very good job. I’m sure they’ll do the same for the WTCC and I hope that it will help the Japanese motorsport fans to become more familiar and passionate about the WTCC.”

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, added: “The WTCC and Japan are intrinsically linked and this exciting agreement with J SPORTS is another fine example of this long-standing collaboration. With Honda extending its commitment to the WTCC and backing it up by entering a Japanese driver for a full campaign, the partnership with J SPORTS couldn’t have come at a better time. We hope the live coverage will not only appeal to motorsport fans in Japan but hopefully also attract new audiences.”

Marrakech in Morocco hosts the opening round of this year’s WTCC from 7-9 April. WTCC Race of Japan takes place at Twin Ring Motegi north of Tokyo from 27-29 October with a highlights package aired on TV Osaka under a long-standing partnership.

More information about J SPORTS and its live coverage of the WTCC can be found by visiting its new website here.]]>
Filippi’s a fan of his WTCC Citroën https://www.fiawtcc.com/filippis-a-fan-of-his-wtcc-citroen/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:00:56 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252718

John Filippi sampled his Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC for the first time in testing in Spain yesterday and liked the experience so much that he couldn’t wait to continue his running today.

Filippi, who turns 22 later this month, is acclimatising to the multiple WTCC race-winning French machine at Circuito de Navarra, which also marks the start of his new adventure with Sébastien Loeb Racing, the team he has joined for the 2017 season.

Following Wednesday testing on the 3.933-kilometre track in northern Spain, Filippi said on Facebook: “Can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”

The Corsica resident will undertake further testing prior to the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season getting underway with WTCC Race of Morocco in Marrakech from 7-9 April.

Photo: Facebook.com/filippijohn]]>

John Filippi sampled his Sébastien Loeb Racing Citroën C-Elysée WTCC for the first time in testing in Spain yesterday and liked the experience so much that he couldn’t wait to continue his running today.

Filippi, who turns 22 later this month, is acclimatising to the multiple WTCC race-winning French machine at Circuito de Navarra, which also marks the start of his new adventure with Sébastien Loeb Racing, the team he has joined for the 2017 season.

Following Wednesday testing on the 3.933-kilometre track in northern Spain, Filippi said on Facebook: “Can’t wait to get back behind the wheel.”

The Corsica resident will undertake further testing prior to the 2017 FIA World Touring Car Championship season getting underway with WTCC Race of Morocco in Marrakech from 7-9 April.

Photo: Facebook.com/filippijohn]]>
Testing means WTCC title race is go! https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-title-race-is-go/ Wed, 22 Feb 2017 11:00:08 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252706

The race to become FIA World Touring Car champion for 2017 is go with several drivers testing for the new season this month.

Selected teams have been conducting significant running in Italy and Spain in readiness for the new campaign, which begins in Marrakech for WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.

While testing times can’t be used as a true performance indicator for the 20 all-action races that lie ahead, the results are crucial as Dario d’Esposito, Team Manager of the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team and Honda Racing Team JAS explains.

“When the test is over and we’re back at the workshop, we’ll analyse the test in very fine detail. We’re talking lap-by-lap, corner-by-corner and this procedure could take up to a week. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it because if you find even a hundredth of a second at every corner of a 15-corner lap, that could be as much as three seconds in a 20-lap race and that could be the difference between winning and losing.”

The official WTCC test takes place at Monza on 14 March. The legendary Italian venue is also returning to the championship schedule for the first time since 2013 and hosts the action from 28-30 April.]]>

The race to become FIA World Touring Car champion for 2017 is go with several drivers testing for the new season this month.

Selected teams have been conducting significant running in Italy and Spain in readiness for the new campaign, which begins in Marrakech for WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.

While testing times can’t be used as a true performance indicator for the 20 all-action races that lie ahead, the results are crucial as Dario d’Esposito, Team Manager of the Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team and Honda Racing Team JAS explains.

“When the test is over and we’re back at the workshop, we’ll analyse the test in very fine detail. We’re talking lap-by-lap, corner-by-corner and this procedure could take up to a week. It’s hard work, but it’s worth it because if you find even a hundredth of a second at every corner of a 15-corner lap, that could be as much as three seconds in a 20-lap race and that could be the difference between winning and losing.”

The official WTCC test takes place at Monza on 14 March. The legendary Italian venue is also returning to the championship schedule for the first time since 2013 and hosts the action from 28-30 April.]]>
WTCC races of 2017 and the winners https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-races-of-2017-and-the-winners/ Tue, 21 Feb 2017 11:00:22 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252694

The FIA World Touring Car Championship stops off in 10 different countries in 2017. Here’s a reminder of who has won the most races at each of the WTCC events featuring on this year’s calendar.

WTCC Race of Argentina:
5: José María López
1: Tom Chilton, Sébastien Loeb and Yvan Muller

WTCC Race of China:
3: José María López
2: Alain Menu, Yvan Muller
1: Mehdi Bennani, Thed Björk, Tom Chilton, Rob Huff, Tiago Monteiro

WTCC Race of Germany:
4: Andy Priaulx
3: Augusto Farfus, José María López, Yvan Muller
1: Franz Engstler, Alain Menu, Jörg Müller, Félix Porteiro, Alex Zanardi

WTCC Race of Hungary:
4: Yvan Muller
2: José María López, Norbert Michelisz
1: Mehdi Bennani, Rob Huff, Alain Menu, Gianni Morbidelli

WTCC Race of Italy:
8: Yvan Muller
2: Rob Huff, Andy Priaulx, Gabriele Tarquini
1: Augusto Farfus, Jordi Gené, Dirk Müller, James Thompson

WTCC Race of Japan:
3: Tom Coronel (pictured)
2: José María López, Alain Menu, Norbert Michelisz
1: Stefano D’Aste, Augusto Farfus, Rob Huff, Tiago Monteiro, Yvan Muller, Andy Priaulx, Rickard Rydell, Gabriele Tarquini, Colin Turkington

WTCC Race of Macau:
7: Rob Huff
3: Alain Menu
2: Augusto Farfus, Yvan Muller, Andy Priaulx
1: Duncan Huisman, José María López, Norbert Michelisz, Jörg Müller

WTCC Race of Morocco:
3: José María López
2: Yvan Muller
1: Tom Coronel, Rob Huff, Nicola Larini, Sébastien Loeb, Alain Menu, Michel Nykjær, Pepe Oriola, Andy Priaulx, Gabriele Tarquini

WTCC Race of Portugal:
3: Alain Menu, Tiago Monteiro
2: Augusto Farfus, Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini
1: Tom Coronel, Rob Huff, José María López, Ma Qing Hua, James Nash, Rickard Rydell

WTCC Race of Qatar
1: Mehdi Bennani, José María López, Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini]]>

The FIA World Touring Car Championship stops off in 10 different countries in 2017. Here’s a reminder of who has won the most races at each of the WTCC events featuring on this year’s calendar.

WTCC Race of Argentina:
5: José María López
1: Tom Chilton, Sébastien Loeb and Yvan Muller

WTCC Race of China:
3: José María López
2: Alain Menu, Yvan Muller
1: Mehdi Bennani, Thed Björk, Tom Chilton, Rob Huff, Tiago Monteiro

WTCC Race of Germany:
4: Andy Priaulx
3: Augusto Farfus, José María López, Yvan Muller
1: Franz Engstler, Alain Menu, Jörg Müller, Félix Porteiro, Alex Zanardi

WTCC Race of Hungary:
4: Yvan Muller
2: José María López, Norbert Michelisz
1: Mehdi Bennani, Rob Huff, Alain Menu, Gianni Morbidelli

WTCC Race of Italy:
8: Yvan Muller
2: Rob Huff, Andy Priaulx, Gabriele Tarquini
1: Augusto Farfus, Jordi Gené, Dirk Müller, James Thompson

WTCC Race of Japan:
3: Tom Coronel (pictured)
2: José María López, Alain Menu, Norbert Michelisz
1: Stefano D’Aste, Augusto Farfus, Rob Huff, Tiago Monteiro, Yvan Muller, Andy Priaulx, Rickard Rydell, Gabriele Tarquini, Colin Turkington

WTCC Race of Macau:
7: Rob Huff
3: Alain Menu
2: Augusto Farfus, Yvan Muller, Andy Priaulx
1: Duncan Huisman, José María López, Norbert Michelisz, Jörg Müller

WTCC Race of Morocco:
3: José María López
2: Yvan Muller
1: Tom Coronel, Rob Huff, Nicola Larini, Sébastien Loeb, Alain Menu, Michel Nykjær, Pepe Oriola, Andy Priaulx, Gabriele Tarquini

WTCC Race of Portugal:
3: Alain Menu, Tiago Monteiro
2: Augusto Farfus, Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini
1: Tom Coronel, Rob Huff, José María López, Ma Qing Hua, James Nash, Rickard Rydell

WTCC Race of Qatar
1: Mehdi Bennani, José María López, Yvan Muller, Gabriele Tarquini]]>
Why Zengő is loving the WTCC https://www.fiawtcc.com/why-zengo-is-loving-the-wtcc/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:00:57 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252681

Zoltán Zengő says racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship is a “great pleasure” for his Hungary-based team.

Zengő Motorsport is established as one of the leading privateer outfits in the WTCC, having claimed the WTCC Trophy title twice in addition to four outright race wins with former driver Norbert Michelisz.

It has recruited French rookie Aurélien Panis to drive one of its Honda Civic WTCCs in 2017 and will confirm the identity of its second signing in the coming weeks.

“It is a great pleasure for us that we can race in a championship which really appreciates the enormous work we have done and values our team,” said Zoltán Zengő. “Through the WTCC we became a member of the international racing society and it feels good that Zengő Motorsport is highly regarded and honoured in this family. We have built an excellent relationship with the leadership of the WTCC and it can serve as a firm ground for our next success story."

Following Michelisz’s step up to the factory Honda team for 2016, Zengő signed Hungarian youngsters Ferenc Ficza and Dániel Nagy to lead its assault on last season’s WTCC with both drivers impressing, despite their lack of experience.

The 2017 WTCC season gets underway on the streets of Marrakech with WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.]]>

Zoltán Zengő says racing in the FIA World Touring Car Championship is a “great pleasure” for his Hungary-based team.

Zengő Motorsport is established as one of the leading privateer outfits in the WTCC, having claimed the WTCC Trophy title twice in addition to four outright race wins with former driver Norbert Michelisz.

It has recruited French rookie Aurélien Panis to drive one of its Honda Civic WTCCs in 2017 and will confirm the identity of its second signing in the coming weeks.

“It is a great pleasure for us that we can race in a championship which really appreciates the enormous work we have done and values our team,” said Zoltán Zengő. “Through the WTCC we became a member of the international racing society and it feels good that Zengő Motorsport is highly regarded and honoured in this family. We have built an excellent relationship with the leadership of the WTCC and it can serve as a firm ground for our next success story."

Following Michelisz’s step up to the factory Honda team for 2016, Zengő signed Hungarian youngsters Ferenc Ficza and Dániel Nagy to lead its assault on last season’s WTCC with both drivers impressing, despite their lack of experience.

The 2017 WTCC season gets underway on the streets of Marrakech with WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.]]>
WTCC season build up: #7 China https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-season-build-up-7-china/ Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:00:10 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=252669

The all-action FIA World Touring Car Championship is off to China in October. Here’s some useful information.

FIVE FACTS
1: Ma Qing Hua, the ex-Formula One reserve driver and former WTCC race winner, is arguably China’s best racing driver. When he’s not racing, Ma keeps busy running a number of kart tracks in Shanghai.
2: Thed Björk's victory in the Opening Race at WTCC Race of China in 2016 was the first for the Swede, Volvo and his Polestar Cyan Racing team.
3: Fans attending WTCC Race of China are guaranteed an abundance of touring car action with the China Touring Car Championship topping the support bill.
4: China is credited with the invention of football in the second and third centuries BC. Linzi, the capital of the ancient Chinese state of Qi, is said to be the birthplace of ‘cuju’ – ‘kick ball with foot’.
5: Superstition and numerology are prevalent in Chinese culture – a 13th floor is often absent from hotels and commercial buildings, and vehicle licence plates and phone numbers are often devoid of the number four.

THE WINNERS
2016: Opening Race: Thed Björk (Volvo S60 Polestar); Main Race: José María López (Citroën)
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée)
2014: R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Mehdi Bennani (Honda Civic)
2013: R1 Tom Chilton (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic)
2012: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2011: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016?
Thed Björk claimed a dramatic maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory, taking the lead two corners from the finish in his Volvo S60 Polestar TC1. What was also a first WTCC win for Chinese-owned Volvo was part of a weekend of celebration, which began with Citroën landing the WTCC Manufacturers’ crown for a third year in succession on Saturday and ended with Mehdi Bennani winning the WTCC Trophy title. Norbert Michelisz took second for Honda in the Opening Race with Yvan Muller and José María López third and fourth for Citroën. López won the Main Race from the DHL pole position with Muller second to move 31 points ahead of Tiago Monteiro in the battle to finish runner-up to provisional overall champion López. Behind third-placed Bennani, Nicky Catsburg finished fourth for LADA having qualified an impressive second.

Opening Race DHL Pole Position: John Filippi (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)
Main Race DHL Pole Position: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC) 1m52.224s
WTCC MAC3 winner: Team Honda]]>

The all-action FIA World Touring Car Championship is off to China in October. Here’s some useful information.

FIVE FACTS
1: Ma Qing Hua, the ex-Formula One reserve driver and former WTCC race winner, is arguably China’s best racing driver. When he’s not racing, Ma keeps busy running a number of kart tracks in Shanghai.
2: Thed Björk's victory in the Opening Race at WTCC Race of China in 2016 was the first for the Swede, Volvo and his Polestar Cyan Racing team.
3: Fans attending WTCC Race of China are guaranteed an abundance of touring car action with the China Touring Car Championship topping the support bill.
4: China is credited with the invention of football in the second and third centuries BC. Linzi, the capital of the ancient Chinese state of Qi, is said to be the birthplace of ‘cuju’ – ‘kick ball with foot’.
5: Superstition and numerology are prevalent in Chinese culture – a 13th floor is often absent from hotels and commercial buildings, and vehicle licence plates and phone numbers are often devoid of the number four.

THE WINNERS
2016: Opening Race: Thed Björk (Volvo S60 Polestar); Main Race: José María López (Citroën)
2015: Race 1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); Race 2: Yvan Muller (Citroën C-Elysée)
2014: R1: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée); R2: Mehdi Bennani (Honda Civic)
2013: R1 Tom Chilton (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Tiago Monteiro (Honda Civic)
2012: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Rob Huff (Chevrolet Cruze)
2011: R1: Alain Menu (Chevrolet Cruze); R2: Yvan Muller (Chevrolet Cruze)

WHAT HAPPENED IN 2016?
Thed Björk claimed a dramatic maiden FIA World Touring Car Championship victory, taking the lead two corners from the finish in his Volvo S60 Polestar TC1. What was also a first WTCC win for Chinese-owned Volvo was part of a weekend of celebration, which began with Citroën landing the WTCC Manufacturers’ crown for a third year in succession on Saturday and ended with Mehdi Bennani winning the WTCC Trophy title. Norbert Michelisz took second for Honda in the Opening Race with Yvan Muller and José María López third and fourth for Citroën. López won the Main Race from the DHL pole position with Muller second to move 31 points ahead of Tiago Monteiro in the battle to finish runner-up to provisional overall champion López. Behind third-placed Bennani, Nicky Catsburg finished fourth for LADA having qualified an impressive second.

Opening Race DHL Pole Position: John Filippi (Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1)
Main Race DHL Pole Position: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC)
TAG Heuer Best Lap Trophy: José María López (Citroën C-Elysée WTCC) 1m52.224s
WTCC MAC3 winner: Team Honda]]>