FIA WTCC https://www.fiawtcc.com Real cars, real racing Sat, 23 Jul 2016 13:14:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Remembering when… Björk made WTCC history for Polestar in Hungary https://www.fiawtcc.com/remembering-when-bjoerk-made-wtcc-history-for-polestar/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 06:00:08 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239912

While José María López was busy breaking records in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, Thed Björk was also making history at WTCC Race of Hungary in April.

AUTO - WTCC HUNGARY 2016He became the first Polestar Cyan Racing driver to make it through to the Qualifying Q3 shootout in his Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with the Swede going fifth quickest and demoting local hero Norbert Michelisz in the process.

However, it was López who grabbed the limelight by claiming the DHL-presented pole position by six tenths of a second as the resurfaced and modified Hungaroring reopened for world championship action for the third weekend of the WTCC season.

Citroën driver López was quickest in all three sectors on his flying lap to beat Tom Coronel by 0.609s and smash Yvan Muller’s lap record of 1m50.119s on the 4.381-kilometre Budapest track.

The three points gained for pole, which continued a 100 per cent run dating back to China in September 2015, put him back ahead of Honda’s Tiago Monteiro in the title battle.

“This pole position is because I have the best car on the grid and the team have done a fantastic job,” said López. “We never know how Q3 will be as a driver and the track conditions were much more difficult than last year so it was difficult to understand the car and the set-up. But qualifying is always about confidence and when I put on the new set of tyres I was really comfortable in the car so I was trying not to do any mistake. I managed to do a good lap and thanks to everyone for their work.”

After finishing P16 in the Opening Race, Björk scored a season-high fourth in the Main Race before dashing to the airport for a flight to Sweden to be at the birth of his son.]]>

While José María López was busy breaking records in the FIA World Touring Car Championship, Thed Björk was also making history at WTCC Race of Hungary in April.

AUTO - WTCC HUNGARY 2016He became the first Polestar Cyan Racing driver to make it through to the Qualifying Q3 shootout in his Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 with the Swede going fifth quickest and demoting local hero Norbert Michelisz in the process.

However, it was López who grabbed the limelight by claiming the DHL-presented pole position by six tenths of a second as the resurfaced and modified Hungaroring reopened for world championship action for the third weekend of the WTCC season.

Citroën driver López was quickest in all three sectors on his flying lap to beat Tom Coronel by 0.609s and smash Yvan Muller’s lap record of 1m50.119s on the 4.381-kilometre Budapest track.

The three points gained for pole, which continued a 100 per cent run dating back to China in September 2015, put him back ahead of Honda’s Tiago Monteiro in the title battle.

“This pole position is because I have the best car on the grid and the team have done a fantastic job,” said López. “We never know how Q3 will be as a driver and the track conditions were much more difficult than last year so it was difficult to understand the car and the set-up. But qualifying is always about confidence and when I put on the new set of tyres I was really comfortable in the car so I was trying not to do any mistake. I managed to do a good lap and thanks to everyone for their work.”

After finishing P16 in the Opening Race, Björk scored a season-high fourth in the Main Race before dashing to the airport for a flight to Sweden to be at the birth of his son.]]>
Catsburg sets out two-point WTCC plan https://www.fiawtcc.com/catsburg-sets-out-two-point-wtcc-plan/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 10:00:21 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239867

Nicky Catsburg has revealed his plan for success when the FIA World Touring Car Championship goes on tour from next month.

AUTO - WTCC PORTUGAL 2016The WTCC will visit Argentina, Japan, China, Thailand and Qatar between August and November. While Catsburg has knowledge of the latter four tracks, Circuito Termas de Río Hondo in Argentina is all new to the flying Dutchman, who forms part of the three-strong LADA Sport Rosneft factory team.

But as well as learning the 4.806-kilometre track, Catsburg has set out two key objectives.

“One of our main goals ahead of Argentina and the rest of the rounds is to find more pace with added ballast,” he said in acknowledgement of the extra compensation weight the works Vesta TC1s will carry on the back of significantly increased on-track pace. “We also need to improve our performance in dry conditions.”

LADA used WTCC Race of Argentina in 2015 to debut its all-new Vesta with former factory driver James Thompson lining up on the reverse-grid pole position.

Visit FIAWTCC.com soon to find out how Catsburg is preparing for his Termas de Río Hondo debut.]]>

Nicky Catsburg has revealed his plan for success when the FIA World Touring Car Championship goes on tour from next month.

AUTO - WTCC PORTUGAL 2016The WTCC will visit Argentina, Japan, China, Thailand and Qatar between August and November. While Catsburg has knowledge of the latter four tracks, Circuito Termas de Río Hondo in Argentina is all new to the flying Dutchman, who forms part of the three-strong LADA Sport Rosneft factory team.

But as well as learning the 4.806-kilometre track, Catsburg has set out two key objectives.

“One of our main goals ahead of Argentina and the rest of the rounds is to find more pace with added ballast,” he said in acknowledgement of the extra compensation weight the works Vesta TC1s will carry on the back of significantly increased on-track pace. “We also need to improve our performance in dry conditions.”

LADA used WTCC Race of Argentina in 2015 to debut its all-new Vesta with former factory driver James Thompson lining up on the reverse-grid pole position.

Visit FIAWTCC.com soon to find out how Catsburg is preparing for his Termas de Río Hondo debut.]]>
WTCC ace Michelisz expects record-breaking Hungarian GP lap times https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-ace-michelisz-expects-record-breaking-hungarian-gp-lap-times/ Fri, 22 Jul 2016 04:00:01 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239898

Record-breaking lap times at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend would come as no surprise to the country’s top racing driver Norbert Michelisz, a winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

AUTO - WTCC HUNGARY 2016The 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring, located a short distance from the Hungarian capital Budapest, was resurfaced for the 2016 season and Michelisz was the first driver to complete a lap of the revamped track, which boasts a new layer of asphalt of between 3-5 centimetres thickness and re-profiled kerbs.

“There are no bumps, it’s completely smooth,” said the factory Honda driver and Budapest resident. “The new asphalt is more abrasive, so although that will make tyre wear a bit higher than in previous years, there will be more grip. There is a new kerb at Turn 4, which is flatter, and the mid-corner bumps at Turn 5 that unsettled your car have gone. The kerb at the chicane is also lower so you can now take more of the kerb and go a bit faster.”

WTCC Race of Hungary was the first FIA world championship race to take place at the new-look Hungaroring back in April. Citroën drivers Mehdi Bennani and José María López shared the wins in wet conditions.]]>

Record-breaking lap times at the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend would come as no surprise to the country’s top racing driver Norbert Michelisz, a winner in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

AUTO - WTCC HUNGARY 2016The 4.381-kilometre Hungaroring, located a short distance from the Hungarian capital Budapest, was resurfaced for the 2016 season and Michelisz was the first driver to complete a lap of the revamped track, which boasts a new layer of asphalt of between 3-5 centimetres thickness and re-profiled kerbs.

“There are no bumps, it’s completely smooth,” said the factory Honda driver and Budapest resident. “The new asphalt is more abrasive, so although that will make tyre wear a bit higher than in previous years, there will be more grip. There is a new kerb at Turn 4, which is flatter, and the mid-corner bumps at Turn 5 that unsettled your car have gone. The kerb at the chicane is also lower so you can now take more of the kerb and go a bit faster.”

WTCC Race of Hungary was the first FIA world championship race to take place at the new-look Hungaroring back in April. Citroën drivers Mehdi Bennani and José María López shared the wins in wet conditions.]]>
Michigami: I’ll put my heart and soul into Honda WTCC debut https://www.fiawtcc.com/michigami-ill-put-my-heart-and-soul-into-honda-wtcc-debut/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:01:16 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239849

Ryo Michigami says he will do all he can to be successful when he makes his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut for Honda at WTCC Race of Japan from 2-4 September.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 43-year-old is a long-term factory Honda driver and will race alongside current factory drivers Rob Huff, Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro at Twin Ring Motegi.

Michigami, who has also raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours, said: “I had a chance to test the Civic WTCC at Barcelona last week and was hoping for an opportunity to race it, so I’m very excited that I’ll be able to do this so soon. I was involved in the development of the Civic Type R, which was released last year, and had been watching the Civic WTCC closely as well. I will be racing with my heart and soul at Motegi and putting all my experience to best use. Honda and JAS Motorsport have given me a wonderful opportunity; the car felt consistently fast in Spain and I’ll definitely be well-prepared for the races in Japan.”

Daisuke Horiuchi, Large Project Leader WTCC Development, Honda R&D, added: “I’m excited to have a Japanese driver competing for us at our home race. Ryo has been racing with Honda for a long time, so he immediately grasped the characteristics of the Civic WTCC at Barcelona. There isn’t much time between now and Motegi, but we’ll be working our hardest with JAS to provide the support he needs. We’re looking forward to Ryo racing fast in front of the Japanese fans.”]]>

Ryo Michigami says he will do all he can to be successful when he makes his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut for Honda at WTCC Race of Japan from 2-4 September.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe 43-year-old is a long-term factory Honda driver and will race alongside current factory drivers Rob Huff, Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro at Twin Ring Motegi.

Michigami, who has also raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours, said: “I had a chance to test the Civic WTCC at Barcelona last week and was hoping for an opportunity to race it, so I’m very excited that I’ll be able to do this so soon. I was involved in the development of the Civic Type R, which was released last year, and had been watching the Civic WTCC closely as well. I will be racing with my heart and soul at Motegi and putting all my experience to best use. Honda and JAS Motorsport have given me a wonderful opportunity; the car felt consistently fast in Spain and I’ll definitely be well-prepared for the races in Japan.”

Daisuke Horiuchi, Large Project Leader WTCC Development, Honda R&D, added: “I’m excited to have a Japanese driver competing for us at our home race. Ryo has been racing with Honda for a long time, so he immediately grasped the characteristics of the Civic WTCC at Barcelona. There isn’t much time between now and Motegi, but we’ll be working our hardest with JAS to provide the support he needs. We’re looking forward to Ryo racing fast in front of the Japanese fans.”]]>
Honda expands factory WTCC effort to four cars https://www.fiawtcc.com/honda-expands-factory-wtcc-effort-to-four-cars/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 06:00:17 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239841

Honda will increase its factory attack on the FIA World Touring Car Championship to four cars when Japanese driver Ryo Michigami joins its line-up for WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan from 2-4 September.

2016 
EVENT: 
Race of Hungary 
TRACK: 
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TEAM: 
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Rob HuffMichigami has been part of the Honda Racing family since 1998, while his career highlights include 11 wins, 51 podiums and 11 pole positions in major categories such as the Japanese Touring Car Championship, Super Formula and Super GT.

In 2014, the 43-year-old established his own team, DRAGO CORSE, which competes in Super Formula and Super GT. To date, the squad has nine podiums to its name.

The WTCC races at Twin Ring Motegi, which is located 145 kilometres north of the Japanese capital Tokyo, will mark Michigami’s debut in the series and will make him the first driver from his homeland to race a TC1 World Touring Car.

He will join Rob Huff, Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro in driving a factory Honda Civic WTCC at Motegi following a test in one of the Honda Racing Team JAS-run cars at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona recently. Fittingly, Twin Ring Motegi is owned by Honda and houses the famous Honda Collection Hall, which contains a number of classic race- and road-going Honda cars and motorbikes.

“After giving independent champion Norbert Michelisz his dream factory drive in the WTCC, Honda is now handing a local hero in Ryo Michigami the chance to make his World Touring Car Championship debut, which not only underlines Honda’s commitment to the WTCC but will also generate even more interest in the event among Japanese fans,” said François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter. “Ryo has developed a strong reputation from his exploits racing in Japan and is an important part of the Honda Racing family, so it’s a real honour to welcome him to the WTCC at his and Honda’s home event.”

Confirmation of Michigami’s participation at WTCC Race of Japan follows yesterday’s (Wednesday) announcement that Esteban Guerrieri will compete at WTCC Race of Argentina next month in a Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1.]]>

Honda will increase its factory attack on the FIA World Touring Car Championship to four cars when Japanese driver Ryo Michigami joins its line-up for WTCC JVCKENWOOD Race of Japan from 2-4 September.

2016 
EVENT: 
Race of Hungary 
TRACK: 
Hungaroring Race Track  
TEAM: 
Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team 
CAR: 
Honda Civic wtcc
DRIVER: 
Rob HuffMichigami has been part of the Honda Racing family since 1998, while his career highlights include 11 wins, 51 podiums and 11 pole positions in major categories such as the Japanese Touring Car Championship, Super Formula and Super GT.

In 2014, the 43-year-old established his own team, DRAGO CORSE, which competes in Super Formula and Super GT. To date, the squad has nine podiums to its name.

The WTCC races at Twin Ring Motegi, which is located 145 kilometres north of the Japanese capital Tokyo, will mark Michigami’s debut in the series and will make him the first driver from his homeland to race a TC1 World Touring Car.

He will join Rob Huff, Norbert Michelisz and Tiago Monteiro in driving a factory Honda Civic WTCC at Motegi following a test in one of the Honda Racing Team JAS-run cars at Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona recently. Fittingly, Twin Ring Motegi is owned by Honda and houses the famous Honda Collection Hall, which contains a number of classic race- and road-going Honda cars and motorbikes.

“After giving independent champion Norbert Michelisz his dream factory drive in the WTCC, Honda is now handing a local hero in Ryo Michigami the chance to make his World Touring Car Championship debut, which not only underlines Honda’s commitment to the WTCC but will also generate even more interest in the event among Japanese fans,” said François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter. “Ryo has developed a strong reputation from his exploits racing in Japan and is an important part of the Honda Racing family, so it’s a real honour to welcome him to the WTCC at his and Honda’s home event.”

Confirmation of Michigami’s participation at WTCC Race of Japan follows yesterday’s (Wednesday) announcement that Esteban Guerrieri will compete at WTCC Race of Argentina next month in a Campos Racing Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1.]]>
Esteban Guerrieri WTCC fast facts https://www.fiawtcc.com/esteban-guerrieri-wtcc-fast-facts/ Wed, 20 Jul 2016 16:00:15 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239820

Ahead of Esteban Guerrieri’s FIA World Touring Car Championship debut on home soil next month, here are 10 essential facts on the driver following in the wheel tracks of two-time WTCC champion and compatriot José María López.

00901: Starting early: Guerrieri was aged eight when he was enrolled in a karting academy in Buenos Aires, the city of his birth.

2: Record holder: He became Argentina’s youngest circuit racing champion when he won the country’s Formula Renault 1.6 title aged 15.

3: Level-pegging: Guerrieri and López tied on points in the 2004 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship, although López took the sixth position on countback by virtue of his greater number of third-place finishes.

4: The fab five: Guerrieri will become the fifth driver from Argentina to race in the WTCC. In addition to López, Néstor Girolami, Camilo Echevarría and Leonel Pernía have also raced in the world championship.

5: Súper star: This season marks Guerrieri’s third as a factory Toyota driver in the Súper TC2000 championship (pictured), which includes López and Girolami among its former champions. He holds P14 after six rounds.

6: Footie fan: Guerrieri lists football as his favourite hobby. He’s also partial to karting, poker and tennis.

7: A season high: Confirmation of Guerrieri’s WTCC Race of Argentina participation brings the total number of entries to a season-high 19, a TC1 record no less.

8: Checking out the opposition: Guerrieri will be able to check out one of his key rivals for WTCC Trophy honours in Argentina when he goes up against Tom Coronel in the Buenos Aires 200 Kilometres on 31 July, which Coronel is contesting as a guest driver.

9: The big boss: Campos Racing will run Guerrieri in a Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 at WTCC Race of Argentina. The Spanish team is owned by Adrian Campos, who took part in 21 Formula One grands prix in the late 1980s.

10: TV times: Guerrieri has been swatting up on the WTCC by watching Fox Sports’ live coverage of the championship.

Photo: Super-TC2000.com.ar]]>

Ahead of Esteban Guerrieri’s FIA World Touring Car Championship debut on home soil next month, here are 10 essential facts on the driver following in the wheel tracks of two-time WTCC champion and compatriot José María López.

00901: Starting early: Guerrieri was aged eight when he was enrolled in a karting academy in Buenos Aires, the city of his birth.

2: Record holder: He became Argentina’s youngest circuit racing champion when he won the country’s Formula Renault 1.6 title aged 15.

3: Level-pegging: Guerrieri and López tied on points in the 2004 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship, although López took the sixth position on countback by virtue of his greater number of third-place finishes.

4: The fab five: Guerrieri will become the fifth driver from Argentina to race in the WTCC. In addition to López, Néstor Girolami, Camilo Echevarría and Leonel Pernía have also raced in the world championship.

5: Súper star: This season marks Guerrieri’s third as a factory Toyota driver in the Súper TC2000 championship (pictured), which includes López and Girolami among its former champions. He holds P14 after six rounds.

6: Footie fan: Guerrieri lists football as his favourite hobby. He’s also partial to karting, poker and tennis.

7: A season high: Confirmation of Guerrieri’s WTCC Race of Argentina participation brings the total number of entries to a season-high 19, a TC1 record no less.

8: Checking out the opposition: Guerrieri will be able to check out one of his key rivals for WTCC Trophy honours in Argentina when he goes up against Tom Coronel in the Buenos Aires 200 Kilometres on 31 July, which Coronel is contesting as a guest driver.

9: The big boss: Campos Racing will run Guerrieri in a Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 at WTCC Race of Argentina. The Spanish team is owned by Adrian Campos, who took part in 21 Formula One grands prix in the late 1980s.

10: TV times: Guerrieri has been swatting up on the WTCC by watching Fox Sports’ live coverage of the championship.

Photo: Super-TC2000.com.ar]]>
Argentinean Guerrieri gets dream WTCC chance https://www.fiawtcc.com/argentinean-guerrieri-gets-dream-wtcc-chance/ Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:00:40 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239810

Esteban Guerrieri will follow in the wheel tracks of fellow Argentine José María López when he makes his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut on home soil next month.

Esteban GuerrieriAt a press conference in the capital Buenos Aires today (Wednesday), it was confirmed that Guerrieri, 31, will drive a Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 for Campos Racing in WTCC Race of Argentina from 5-7 August, in what he hopes will be the start of a long-term adventure on the world stage.

Buenos Aires-based Guerrieri will take inspiration from countryman Pechito López, who scored a debut WTCC win on a one-off outing at Termas de Río Hondo as a privateer in 2013 before earning a factory Citroën drive. It was the catalyst for a dominant, record-breaking WTCC stint for López, which to date has included two world titles. Now Guerrieri, who like López shone in single-seater racing, has been handed a dream opportunity to race in the WTCC in his native Argentina with a full-time drive in the championship from 2017 his target.

Francois Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “Welcome to Esteban in the WTCC. Argentina is home to one of the most competitive national touring car championships and has plenty of talents to offer, so it’s no surprise there is interest from Argentinean drivers in the WTCC. Esteban’s background is in single-seaters and front-wheel-drive touring cars, so he has the right background to handle a TC1 racer. The level of the WTCC has been raised significantly since Pechito’s debut in 2013 and it will be interesting to watch Esteban’s progress over the race weekend.”

Guerrieri, who has experience in Formula Renault, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and Indy Lights, said: “It’s a great opportunity and to be part of an FIA world championship is not something that happens every day. I am very enthusiastic to have the chance to compete against the best. Many times in my career in Europe I had to jump into cars I never tested before and went straight to race weekends, and performed very well. These situations empower me even more. Pechito has done an incredible job since he landed in the WTCC. He showed his great talent and set the benchmark for everybody else. It is a positive to have a countryman performing like this, it can open doors for more Latin American drivers to come to the WTCC.”

WTCC Race of Argentina forms rounds 15 and 16 of the 2016 season. This year marks the championship’s fourth visit to Circuito Termas de Río Hondo in the Santiago del Estero region.]]>

Esteban Guerrieri will follow in the wheel tracks of fellow Argentine José María López when he makes his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut on home soil next month.

Esteban GuerrieriAt a press conference in the capital Buenos Aires today (Wednesday), it was confirmed that Guerrieri, 31, will drive a Chevrolet RML Cruze TC1 for Campos Racing in WTCC Race of Argentina from 5-7 August, in what he hopes will be the start of a long-term adventure on the world stage.

Buenos Aires-based Guerrieri will take inspiration from countryman Pechito López, who scored a debut WTCC win on a one-off outing at Termas de Río Hondo as a privateer in 2013 before earning a factory Citroën drive. It was the catalyst for a dominant, record-breaking WTCC stint for López, which to date has included two world titles. Now Guerrieri, who like López shone in single-seater racing, has been handed a dream opportunity to race in the WTCC in his native Argentina with a full-time drive in the championship from 2017 his target.

Francois Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “Welcome to Esteban in the WTCC. Argentina is home to one of the most competitive national touring car championships and has plenty of talents to offer, so it’s no surprise there is interest from Argentinean drivers in the WTCC. Esteban’s background is in single-seaters and front-wheel-drive touring cars, so he has the right background to handle a TC1 racer. The level of the WTCC has been raised significantly since Pechito’s debut in 2013 and it will be interesting to watch Esteban’s progress over the race weekend.”

Guerrieri, who has experience in Formula Renault, Formula 3, Formula 3000 and Indy Lights, said: “It’s a great opportunity and to be part of an FIA world championship is not something that happens every day. I am very enthusiastic to have the chance to compete against the best. Many times in my career in Europe I had to jump into cars I never tested before and went straight to race weekends, and performed very well. These situations empower me even more. Pechito has done an incredible job since he landed in the WTCC. He showed his great talent and set the benchmark for everybody else. It is a positive to have a countryman performing like this, it can open doors for more Latin American drivers to come to the WTCC.”

WTCC Race of Argentina forms rounds 15 and 16 of the 2016 season. This year marks the championship’s fourth visit to Circuito Termas de Río Hondo in the Santiago del Estero region.]]>
WTCC champion López to swap steering wheel for microphone https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-champion-lopez-to-swap-steering-wheel-for-microphone/ Tue, 19 Jul 2016 06:00:55 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239800

José María López might be better known for letting his driving do the talking but that will change later this month when he swaps steering wheel for microphone at the Buenos Aires 200 Kilometres.

LOPEZ José Maria (arg) Citroen C Elysee team Citroen TOTAL WTCC portrait ambiance during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Race of Nurburgring, Germany from May 27 to 29 - Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPIThe two-time winner of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will join Channel 13 as a guest commentator for its coverage of the Súper TC2000 round at Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez in Buenos Aires from 30-31 July.

López won the Buenos Aires 200kms in 2008 when he partnered Briton Anthony Reid in a Honda Civic.

Following the event, Citroën driver López will head northwest to Córdoba and then on to Termas de Río Hondo, which hosts WTCC Race of Argentina from 5-7 August.]]>

José María López might be better known for letting his driving do the talking but that will change later this month when he swaps steering wheel for microphone at the Buenos Aires 200 Kilometres.

LOPEZ José Maria (arg) Citroen C Elysee team Citroen TOTAL WTCC portrait ambiance during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Race of Nurburgring, Germany from May 27 to 29 - Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPIThe two-time winner of the FIA World Touring Car Championship will join Channel 13 as a guest commentator for its coverage of the Súper TC2000 round at Autódromo Juan y Oscar Gálvez in Buenos Aires from 30-31 July.

López won the Buenos Aires 200kms in 2008 when he partnered Briton Anthony Reid in a Honda Civic.

Following the event, Citroën driver López will head northwest to Córdoba and then on to Termas de Río Hondo, which hosts WTCC Race of Argentina from 5-7 August.]]>
Termas a thing of beauty, says WTCC racer Huff https://www.fiawtcc.com/termas-a-thing-of-beauty-says-wtcc-racer-huff/ Mon, 18 Jul 2016 04:00:38 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239753

Rob Huff has described Circuito Termas de Río Hondo as a “beautiful track” ahead of the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s fourth visit to the venue next month.

12 HUFF Rob (GBR) Lada Vesta team Lada Sport Rosneft action during the 2015 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Race of Argentina at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina on March 6th to 8th 2015. Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI.WTCC Race of Argentina takes place from 5-7 August and Huff can’t wait to get started in his Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Civic.

“It’s one of the best circuits we go to,” said Huff, World Touring Car champion in 2012 and the WTCC’s most experienced driver with 263 starts to his name. “As a driver it’s a beautiful track. It’s very flowing, it creates a lot of fantastic racing with good overtaking. It’s relatively high-speed in the sense of carrying corner speed.”

The Briton, who raced for LADA in Argentina last year (pictured), continued: “For me it’s one of the nicest layouts we have because we don’t have all this run-off area. It’s a new track but with a traditional old style and if you run out really wide you’ve got a problem. If you go off you’re in the gravel or the grass and that’s how it should be. The limits of the track are the limits of the track. It’s a track that works and fits the championship very nicely.”

Having taken place in early March last season, WTCC Race of Argentina is returning to an August date for 2016 having also run in August in 2013 and 2014.]]>

Rob Huff has described Circuito Termas de Río Hondo as a “beautiful track” ahead of the FIA World Touring Car Championship’s fourth visit to the venue next month.

12 HUFF Rob (GBR) Lada Vesta team Lada Sport Rosneft action during the 2015 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Race of Argentina at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina on March 6th to 8th 2015. Photo Jean Michel Le Meur / DPPI.WTCC Race of Argentina takes place from 5-7 August and Huff can’t wait to get started in his Castrol Honda World Touring Car Team Civic.

“It’s one of the best circuits we go to,” said Huff, World Touring Car champion in 2012 and the WTCC’s most experienced driver with 263 starts to his name. “As a driver it’s a beautiful track. It’s very flowing, it creates a lot of fantastic racing with good overtaking. It’s relatively high-speed in the sense of carrying corner speed.”

The Briton, who raced for LADA in Argentina last year (pictured), continued: “For me it’s one of the nicest layouts we have because we don’t have all this run-off area. It’s a new track but with a traditional old style and if you run out really wide you’ve got a problem. If you go off you’re in the gravel or the grass and that’s how it should be. The limits of the track are the limits of the track. It’s a track that works and fits the championship very nicely.”

Having taken place in early March last season, WTCC Race of Argentina is returning to an August date for 2016 having also run in August in 2013 and 2014.]]>
Countdown to Termas: Key WTCC timings revealed https://www.fiawtcc.com/countdown-to-termas-key-wtcc-timings-revealed/ Sun, 17 Jul 2016 10:00:22 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=239745

The key timings for FIA WTCC Race of Argentina at Termas de Río Hondo from 5-7 August have been revealed.

foule crowd during the 2015 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Race of Argentina at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina on March 6th to 8th 2015. Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI.The high-speed track action begins in earnest on 6 August with Free Practice 1 from 08h45 local time. The 30-minute session is followed by another 30 minutes of Free Practice at 11h00 with the all-important Qualifying beginning at 15h00. Manufacturers Against the Clock, the Tour de France-inspired team time trial, is up next at 16h00.

Sunday 7 August is all about racing with the 13-lap Opening Race getting underway at 14h05 followed by the Main Race, which covers 14 laps, at 15h20.

All timings are provisional and subject to change.]]>

The key timings for FIA WTCC Race of Argentina at Termas de Río Hondo from 5-7 August have been revealed.

foule crowd during the 2015 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Race of Argentina at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina on March 6th to 8th 2015. Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI.The high-speed track action begins in earnest on 6 August with Free Practice 1 from 08h45 local time. The 30-minute session is followed by another 30 minutes of Free Practice at 11h00 with the all-important Qualifying beginning at 15h00. Manufacturers Against the Clock, the Tour de France-inspired team time trial, is up next at 16h00.

Sunday 7 August is all about racing with the 13-lap Opening Race getting underway at 14h05 followed by the Main Race, which covers 14 laps, at 15h20.

All timings are provisional and subject to change.]]>