FIA WTCC https://www.fiawtcc.com Real cars, real racing Sat, 03 Dec 2016 04:49:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 WTCC top three honoured at FIA Prize Giving ceremony https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-top-three-honoured-at-fia-prize-giving-ceremony/ Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:18 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=251103

The top three drivers in this season’s FIA World Touring Car Championship were honoured at the FIA Prize Giving ceremony in Vienna on Friday night (2 December) where Citroën received the World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers’ accolade.

jose-maria-lopezJosé María López (Argentina) was presented with his trophy for winning the World Touring Car Championship for Drivers for the third season running on the back of eight wins – including a victory double at the Nürburgring Nordschleife – seven pole positions and eight fastest laps. Yvan Muller (France) collected his trophy for finishing runner-up to his works Citroën team-mate, while Tiago Monteiro (Portugal) was handed the third-place trophy in recognition of the factory Honda driver’s best season so far in the WTCC, which is promoted by Eurosport Events.

Muller had earlier joined López, plus other world title winners including Sébastien Ogier (WRC) and Nico Rosberg (F1) at the FIA Champions’ Press Conference in the Austrian capital. A four-time World Touring Car champion, last week’s WTCC season finale in Qatar marked Muller’s retirement from full-time competition following a standout career.

Meanwhile, Yves Matton, the Director of Citroën Racing, picked up the WTCC makes’ award for the third year in succession after a dominant campaign during which the company celebrated 12 race wins, nine pole positions and 11 fastest laps, plus the WTCC Trophy title for independent racers courtesy of Mehdi Bennani (Morocco).]]>

The top three drivers in this season’s FIA World Touring Car Championship were honoured at the FIA Prize Giving ceremony in Vienna on Friday night (2 December) where Citroën received the World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers’ accolade.

jose-maria-lopezJosé María López (Argentina) was presented with his trophy for winning the World Touring Car Championship for Drivers for the third season running on the back of eight wins – including a victory double at the Nürburgring Nordschleife – seven pole positions and eight fastest laps. Yvan Muller (France) collected his trophy for finishing runner-up to his works Citroën team-mate, while Tiago Monteiro (Portugal) was handed the third-place trophy in recognition of the factory Honda driver’s best season so far in the WTCC, which is promoted by Eurosport Events.

Muller had earlier joined López, plus other world title winners including Sébastien Ogier (WRC) and Nico Rosberg (F1) at the FIA Champions’ Press Conference in the Austrian capital. A four-time World Touring Car champion, last week’s WTCC season finale in Qatar marked Muller’s retirement from full-time competition following a standout career.

Meanwhile, Yves Matton, the Director of Citroën Racing, picked up the WTCC makes’ award for the third year in succession after a dominant campaign during which the company celebrated 12 race wins, nine pole positions and 11 fastest laps, plus the WTCC Trophy title for independent racers courtesy of Mehdi Bennani (Morocco).]]>
López can’t wait to be crowned FIA WTCC champion in Vienna https://www.fiawtcc.com/lopez-cant-wait-to-collect-fia-wtcc-trophy-in-vienna/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:00:13 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=251092

Triple World Touring Car champion José María López can’t wait for the FIA Prize Giving ceremony to get underway in Vienna tonight.

30549540064_6b2c11f87a_kTaking place at the Imperial Hofburg Palace in the Austrian capital, the event celebrates the achievements of FIA championship-winning drivers and teams.

Speaking in Vienna earlier this afternoon, the Citroën ace said: “You never know when is going to be the next time you are here so I really like to enjoy this event as it comes after a tough year of competition.”

López will be joined at the event by Citroën team-mate and WTCC runner-up Yvan Muller, Tiago Monteiro, who finished a career-high third for Honda, and Citroën team chief Yves Matton, who will collect the World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers prize.]]>

Triple World Touring Car champion José María López can’t wait for the FIA Prize Giving ceremony to get underway in Vienna tonight.

30549540064_6b2c11f87a_kTaking place at the Imperial Hofburg Palace in the Austrian capital, the event celebrates the achievements of FIA championship-winning drivers and teams.

Speaking in Vienna earlier this afternoon, the Citroën ace said: “You never know when is going to be the next time you are here so I really like to enjoy this event as it comes after a tough year of competition.”

López will be joined at the event by Citroën team-mate and WTCC runner-up Yvan Muller, Tiago Monteiro, who finished a career-high third for Honda, and Citroën team chief Yves Matton, who will collect the World Touring Car Championship for Manufacturers prize.]]>
It was just like qualifying, says WTCC winner Bennani https://www.fiawtcc.com/it-was-just-like-qualifying-says-wtcc-winner-bennani/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:00:30 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=251030

Mehdi Bennani believes his all-out charge was key to his victory in the Main Race at FIA WTCC DHL Race of Qatar last week.

BENNANI Mehdi (mar) Citroen C Elysee team Sebastien Loeb racing portrait ambiance during  the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race at Losail  from November 23 to 25 Qatar - Antonin Grenier / DPPIBennani converted his maiden pole into his maiden Main Race victory following a stylish drive for Sébastien Loeb Racing.

“I push to the maximum because I knew it would be very tough because it’s the Main Race and we have all very quick drivers,” said the Moroccan. “I know [José María] López is just behind, [Yvan] Muller, Thed, so it’s going to be very tough. And when I see at the start that José is already ahead of the Volvo I knew a big fight would start. After I tried to do 12 or 13 laps like qualifying and the only thing in my mind was I would win or I would put my car in the wall because I absolutely wanted to win this race.”

As well as winning the WTCC Trophy title for independent racers, Bennani placed fifth in the final overall standings courtesy of his win double in 2016.]]>

Mehdi Bennani believes his all-out charge was key to his victory in the Main Race at FIA WTCC DHL Race of Qatar last week.

BENNANI Mehdi (mar) Citroen C Elysee team Sebastien Loeb racing portrait ambiance during  the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race at Losail  from November 23 to 25 Qatar - Antonin Grenier / DPPIBennani converted his maiden pole into his maiden Main Race victory following a stylish drive for Sébastien Loeb Racing.

“I push to the maximum because I knew it would be very tough because it’s the Main Race and we have all very quick drivers,” said the Moroccan. “I know [José María] López is just behind, [Yvan] Muller, Thed, so it’s going to be very tough. And when I see at the start that José is already ahead of the Volvo I knew a big fight would start. After I tried to do 12 or 13 laps like qualifying and the only thing in my mind was I would win or I would put my car in the wall because I absolutely wanted to win this race.”

As well as winning the WTCC Trophy title for independent racers, Bennani placed fifth in the final overall standings courtesy of his win double in 2016.]]>
Ribeiro: race for 2017 WTCC title too close to call https://www.fiawtcc.com/ribeiro-race-for-2017-wtcc-title-too-close-to-call/ Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:00:04 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=251022

FIA World Touring Car Championship promoter François Ribeiro says next season’s title race is wide open.

FICZA Ferenc (hun) Honda Civic team Zengo portrait ambiance during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race at Losail  from November 23 to 25 Qatar - Photo Clement Marin / DPPIHe expects as many as nine drivers to battle for the coveted world title in 2017 with the 10-event campaign kicking off at WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.

“I see there will likely be seven to nine drivers able to become world champion next year,” said Ribeiro, the Head of Eurosport Events. “You have to rewind far away into the WTCC archives to find such an open championship. Unpredictability and close racing is what the fans want.”

José María López claimed his third consecutive WTCC crown in 2016 but is switching to the FIA Formula E Championship next season.]]>

FIA World Touring Car Championship promoter François Ribeiro says next season’s title race is wide open.

FICZA Ferenc (hun) Honda Civic team Zengo portrait ambiance during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race at Losail  from November 23 to 25 Qatar - Photo Clement Marin / DPPIHe expects as many as nine drivers to battle for the coveted world title in 2017 with the 10-event campaign kicking off at WTCC Race of Morocco from 7-9 April.

“I see there will likely be seven to nine drivers able to become world champion next year,” said Ribeiro, the Head of Eurosport Events. “You have to rewind far away into the WTCC archives to find such an open championship. Unpredictability and close racing is what the fans want.”

José María López claimed his third consecutive WTCC crown in 2016 but is switching to the FIA Formula E Championship next season.]]>
Thompson ends 2016 on a high with WTCC Trophy podium double https://www.fiawtcc.com/thompson-ends-2016-on-a-high-with-wtcc-trophy-podium-double/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 17:00:34 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=251005

James Thompson completed his FIA World Touring Car Championship comeback season with a WTCC Trophy podium brace in Qatar last week.

Podium during  the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race at Losail  from November 23 to 25 Qatar - Antonin Grenier / DPPIThompson has taken on the super-sub role for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver/owner René Münnich in 2016. Despite missing four races, the Briton placed fourth in the final WTCC Trophy standings with a win double in Russia the highlight of his campaign.

However, Thompson’s performances weren’t enough for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport to beat ROAL Motorsport to second place in the WTCC Teams’ Trophy table, the German squad missing out by eight points to the Italian outfit.]]>

James Thompson completed his FIA World Touring Car Championship comeback season with a WTCC Trophy podium brace in Qatar last week.

Podium during  the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race at Losail  from November 23 to 25 Qatar - Antonin Grenier / DPPIThompson has taken on the super-sub role for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport driver/owner René Münnich in 2016. Despite missing four races, the Briton placed fourth in the final WTCC Trophy standings with a win double in Russia the highlight of his campaign.

However, Thompson’s performances weren’t enough for ALL-INKL.COM Münnich Motorsport to beat ROAL Motorsport to second place in the WTCC Teams’ Trophy table, the German squad missing out by eight points to the Italian outfit.]]>
Wait for more Polestar WTCC success begins https://www.fiawtcc.com/wait-for-more-wtcc-success-begins/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:00:12 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=251013

Thed Björk’s FIA WTCC DHL Race of Qatar podium has come at the worst possible time for Polestar Cyan Racing. No seriously.

62 BJORK Thed (swe) Volvo S60 team Polestar Cyan racing action during  the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race at Losail  from November 23 to 25 Qatar - Antonin Grenier / DPPISecond spot for Björk in the Main Race in the Middle East follows on from his, Volvo Cars’ and the Polestar team’s maiden WTCC victory at the penultimate event of the season in China and has left those involved in the project with a “taste for more”, according to Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

But with the 2017 season not due get underway until 9 April in Marrakech, a long wait is in store before the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 will be back in race mode.

“This learning year has definitely left us with a taste for more and exceeded all of our expectations,” said Murdzevski Schedvin. “To end the season with a Main Race podium is a morale booster that everyone in the team wanted. Thed did an amazing job, fighting hard to catch up with the leader and fight for the win.”]]>

Thed Björk’s FIA WTCC DHL Race of Qatar podium has come at the worst possible time for Polestar Cyan Racing. No seriously.

62 BJORK Thed (swe) Volvo S60 team Polestar Cyan racing action during  the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race at Losail  from November 23 to 25 Qatar - Antonin Grenier / DPPISecond spot for Björk in the Main Race in the Middle East follows on from his, Volvo Cars’ and the Polestar team’s maiden WTCC victory at the penultimate event of the season in China and has left those involved in the project with a “taste for more”, according to Alexander Murdzevski Schedvin, Head of Motorsport at Polestar.

But with the 2017 season not due get underway until 9 April in Marrakech, a long wait is in store before the Volvo S60 Polestar TC1 will be back in race mode.

“This learning year has definitely left us with a taste for more and exceeded all of our expectations,” said Murdzevski Schedvin. “To end the season with a Main Race podium is a morale booster that everyone in the team wanted. Thed did an amazing job, fighting hard to catch up with the leader and fight for the win.”]]>
WTCC ‘joker’ laps set to thrill fans https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-joker-laps-set-to-thrill-fans-in-2017/ Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:00:49 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=251002

The introduction of ‘joker laps’ in next season’s FIA World Touring Car Championship will add an “extra dimension” to the Marrakech and Vila Real street tracks.

AUTO - WTCC PORTUGAL 2016François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, is behind the exciting initiative and reckons fans will relish the spectacle.

“The ‘joker’ lap works so well in rallycross, so why would it not open up strategies in WTCC street races?” said Ribeiro. “It will bring an extra dimension to Marrakech and Vila Real where we think the local promoter will have enough space to implement an alternative route without compromising safety.

“The ‘joker’ lap is new in 2017, just as WTCC MAC3 was new in 2016 and the Nürburgring Nordschleife was new to the WTCC in 2015. The world is changing and I see nothing wrong to dare and bring in innovations for the benefit of the fans.”

Providing the FIA’s Safety and Circuit commissions approve their introduction, ‘joker’ laps cannot be taken until the third lap of a race and their addition at events will be subject to a full safety inspection being completed.]]>

The introduction of ‘joker laps’ in next season’s FIA World Touring Car Championship will add an “extra dimension” to the Marrakech and Vila Real street tracks.

AUTO - WTCC PORTUGAL 2016François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, is behind the exciting initiative and reckons fans will relish the spectacle.

“The ‘joker’ lap works so well in rallycross, so why would it not open up strategies in WTCC street races?” said Ribeiro. “It will bring an extra dimension to Marrakech and Vila Real where we think the local promoter will have enough space to implement an alternative route without compromising safety.

“The ‘joker’ lap is new in 2017, just as WTCC MAC3 was new in 2016 and the Nürburgring Nordschleife was new to the WTCC in 2015. The world is changing and I see nothing wrong to dare and bring in innovations for the benefit of the fans.”

Providing the FIA’s Safety and Circuit commissions approve their introduction, ‘joker’ laps cannot be taken until the third lap of a race and their addition at events will be subject to a full safety inspection being completed.]]>
Rules revamp for WTCC in 2017 https://www.fiawtcc.com/rules-revamp-for-wtcc-in-2017/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:00:33 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=250938

A number of exciting additional changes to the FIA World Touring Car Championship sporting regulations were approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Vienna today. A summary follows.

MAC 3 Honda during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Race of Morocco at Marrakech, from May 6 to 8  2016 - Photo Francois Flamand / DPPIWTCC MAC3 takes two
Following the success of Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) season one, the Tour de France-inspired team trial – a first for international motorsport – will continue with more points on offer and the debut of Team Volvo Polestar in store in 2017. Although eight points will continue to be awarded to the second-placed team, the winning line-up gets 12 points (up two from 2016).

Joker laps for WTCC
The WTCC’s sporting regulations for 2017 will include the allowance for FIA World Rallycross-style ‘joker’ laps to be introduced subject to the approval of the FIA’s Safety and Circuit Commissions. Aimed primarily at spicing up the action during the street races in Marrakech and Vila Real, ‘joker’ laps cannot be taken until the third lap of a race and their addition at events will be subject to a full safety inspection being completed.

Main Race gets more laps and points
With the exception of the three-lappers at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the weekend-closing Main Race will be two laps longer than the Opening Race, while the points structure will be changed as follows: 1=30 points; 2=23; 3=19; 4=16; 5=13; 6=10; 7=7; 8=4; 9=2; 10=1.

Two-day events to reduce costs
WTCC events will be held over two days in 2017*. Friday testing will be no more with Free Practice 1 and 2 increasing from 30 to 45 minutes to ensure no track time is lost. *The timetable for WTCC Race of Germany at Nürburgring Nordschleife may require an extra day of activity.]]>

A number of exciting additional changes to the FIA World Touring Car Championship sporting regulations were approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Vienna today. A summary follows.

MAC 3 Honda during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Race of Morocco at Marrakech, from May 6 to 8  2016 - Photo Francois Flamand / DPPIWTCC MAC3 takes two
Following the success of Manufacturers Against the Clock (WTCC MAC3) season one, the Tour de France-inspired team trial – a first for international motorsport – will continue with more points on offer and the debut of Team Volvo Polestar in store in 2017. Although eight points will continue to be awarded to the second-placed team, the winning line-up gets 12 points (up two from 2016).

Joker laps for WTCC
The WTCC’s sporting regulations for 2017 will include the allowance for FIA World Rallycross-style ‘joker’ laps to be introduced subject to the approval of the FIA’s Safety and Circuit Commissions. Aimed primarily at spicing up the action during the street races in Marrakech and Vila Real, ‘joker’ laps cannot be taken until the third lap of a race and their addition at events will be subject to a full safety inspection being completed.

Main Race gets more laps and points
With the exception of the three-lappers at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the weekend-closing Main Race will be two laps longer than the Opening Race, while the points structure will be changed as follows: 1=30 points; 2=23; 3=19; 4=16; 5=13; 6=10; 7=7; 8=4; 9=2; 10=1.

Two-day events to reduce costs
WTCC events will be held over two days in 2017*. Friday testing will be no more with Free Practice 1 and 2 increasing from 30 to 45 minutes to ensure no track time is lost. *The timetable for WTCC Race of Germany at Nürburgring Nordschleife may require an extra day of activity.]]>
Second tier is go as WTCC-2 confirmed https://www.fiawtcc.com/launch-of-wtcc-2-tops-2017-world-touring-car-revamp/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:30:23 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=250930

The FIA World Touring Car Championship will get an extra tier in 2017 with the launch of FIA WTCC-2, part of a rules revamp approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Vienna today, designed to further increase the WTCC’s appeal and spectacle.

during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race of Slovakia at Slovakia Ring, from April 15 to 17 2016 - Photo François Flamand / DPPI.Catering for cars built to the world governing body’s TCN2 technical regulations, WTCC-2 will provide an accessible starting point for drivers and teams aiming to reach touring car racing’s top echelon, albeit in a high-profile and competitive environment.

WTCC-2 will be administered by the same team behind the WTCC from the FIA and Eurosport Events. The WTCC-2 sporting and technical regulations will be published shortly by the FIA.

TCN2 cars are designed for use in national and international competitions and are equipped with up to two-litre turbocharged engines, sequential gearboxes, homologated roll cages and limited aerodynamic aids. They also benefit from safety fuel cells and side-impact protective door foam.

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “In the current economic climate we recognise the challenges being faced by drivers and teams to secure the finances required to race a TC1 World Touring Car. While the WTCC will clearly remain the pinnacle of touring car racing, WTCC-2 will provide a good platform for aspiring World Touring Car champions of the future to showcase their talents on a global stage, compete for an FIA title, but at a reduced cost by limiting WTCC-2 to TCN2-specification cars, which are more affordable to prepare and maintain. WTCC-2 competitors will benefit from the high event organisation standards, global media exposure and promotional activities in common with the WTCC.”

 

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The FIA World Touring Car Championship will get an extra tier in 2017 with the launch of FIA WTCC-2, part of a rules revamp approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Vienna today, designed to further increase the WTCC’s appeal and spectacle.

during the 2016 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship race of Slovakia at Slovakia Ring, from April 15 to 17 2016 - Photo François Flamand / DPPI.Catering for cars built to the world governing body’s TCN2 technical regulations, WTCC-2 will provide an accessible starting point for drivers and teams aiming to reach touring car racing’s top echelon, albeit in a high-profile and competitive environment.

WTCC-2 will be administered by the same team behind the WTCC from the FIA and Eurosport Events. The WTCC-2 sporting and technical regulations will be published shortly by the FIA.

TCN2 cars are designed for use in national and international competitions and are equipped with up to two-litre turbocharged engines, sequential gearboxes, homologated roll cages and limited aerodynamic aids. They also benefit from safety fuel cells and side-impact protective door foam.

François Ribeiro, Head of Eurosport Events, the WTCC promoter, said: “In the current economic climate we recognise the challenges being faced by drivers and teams to secure the finances required to race a TC1 World Touring Car. While the WTCC will clearly remain the pinnacle of touring car racing, WTCC-2 will provide a good platform for aspiring World Touring Car champions of the future to showcase their talents on a global stage, compete for an FIA title, but at a reduced cost by limiting WTCC-2 to TCN2-specification cars, which are more affordable to prepare and maintain. WTCC-2 competitors will benefit from the high event organisation standards, global media exposure and promotional activities in common with the WTCC.”

 

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WTCC returns to magical Macau and Monza https://www.fiawtcc.com/wtcc-returns-to-magical-macau-and-monza/ Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:00:49 +0000 https://www.fiawtcc.com/?p=250921

Magical motorsport venues Macau, Monza and the Nürburgring Nordschleife will form part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship schedule for 2017.

18 MONTEIRO Tiago (Por) Honda Civic Tc1 Team Honda Racing Jas Action during the 2014 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship, Guia International Circuit from November  14th to 16th 2014, Macau. Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI.Approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Vienna today, the chase for world title glory will take place at 10 events in four continents from April to December as follows:

FIA World Touring Car Championship 2017 provisional calendar

WTCC Race of Morocco (Marrakech): 7-9 April 2017 S
WTCC Race of Italy (Monza): 28-30 April 2017
WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring): 12-14 May 2017
WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife): 25-27 May 2017
WTCC Race of Portugal (Vila Real): 23-25 June 2017 S
WTCC Race of Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo): 4-6 August 2017
WTCC Race of China (Shanghai International Circuit): 13-15 October 2017*
WTCC Race of Japan (Twin Ring Motegi): 27-29 October 2017
WTCC Race of Macau (Circuit de Guia): 17-19 November 2017 S
WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail International Circuit): 30 November-1 December 2017 N

 S=street race; N=night race; *Subject to event promoter agreement

Street-tastic season opener in Marrakech
The WTCC takes to the streets of Marrakech for the seventh time in 2017 with the Circuit Moulay El Hassan, transformed into a semi-permanent facility for this year, hosting the season opener on 9 April, the first time since 2014 that the Moroccan city has enjoyed such an honour. Fans will turn out in great number to watch home hero Mehdi Bennani in action, while a huge launch party will take place in the build up to the weekend.

Mighty Monza gets a timely comeback
Monza hosted the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship event in 1987. To mark the 40-year anniversary, the WTCC is back at the famous Italian Grand Prix venue having last visited in 2013. Monza’s long straights always deliver great racing and the same is expected when the championship returns in 2017. A pre-season test will also be scheduled at the track.

Fans Hungary for more WTCC action
Local fans will descend on the Hungaroring in their thousands to cheer on home favourite Norbert Michelisz. The event switches from a late April to a mid-May date. The annual street parade in Budapest on 1 May, featuring demonstration laps by a variety of racing cars including Formula One machinery, will further promote the event to new audiences.

Nürburgring Nordschleife is ready and waiting
The most fearsome challenge in international motorsport awaits the WTCC drivers for a third season running when the track’s 25.378-kilometre lap and 64 heart-stopping corners provide the ultimate test in late May.

Still the (Vila) Real deal
Nicknamed the Nürburgring Nordschleife of the south due to its climbs, dips and blind turns, the Vila Real street circuit in northern Portugal offers a dramatic spectacle and tough test, and the last event of the traditional European season.

Argentina to launch flyaway races
WTCC Race of Argentina at Termas de Río Hondo in early August is the first of five overseas events, which are made possible through the alliance with DHL, the championship’s Official Logistics Partner. In a tweak to the schedule the WTCC races of China and Japan move back to the middle and end of October respectively, with the Qatar night race running on 1 December, two weeks after the return of the famous Guia Race on the streets of Macau.

Magical Macau returns
Macau, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and former Portuguese enclave, oozes motorsport culture and heritage and was the setting of the traditional WTCC season closer from 2005-2014. Celebrating the famous Guia Race for touring cars, WTCC Race of Macau is part of an action-packed weekend of international FIA events and championships, including the Macau Grand Prix, which awards the FIA Formula 3 World Cup to the winner.

Farewell for now
The WTCC won’t visit Slovakia Ring or Circuit Paul Ricard in 2017 although both venues will host rounds of the FIM Endurance World Championship, which, like the WTCC, is promoted by Eurosport Events. The WTCC’s four-year stint at the Moscow Raceway also comes to an end.]]>

Magical motorsport venues Macau, Monza and the Nürburgring Nordschleife will form part of the FIA World Touring Car Championship schedule for 2017.

18 MONTEIRO Tiago (Por) Honda Civic Tc1 Team Honda Racing Jas Action during the 2014 FIA WTCC World Touring Car Championship, Guia International Circuit from November  14th to 16th 2014, Macau. Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI.Approved by the FIA World Motor Sport Council at its meeting in Vienna today, the chase for world title glory will take place at 10 events in four continents from April to December as follows:

FIA World Touring Car Championship 2017 provisional calendar

WTCC Race of Morocco (Marrakech): 7-9 April 2017 S
WTCC Race of Italy (Monza): 28-30 April 2017
WTCC Race of Hungary (Hungaroring): 12-14 May 2017
WTCC Race of Germany (Nürburgring Nordschleife): 25-27 May 2017
WTCC Race of Portugal (Vila Real): 23-25 June 2017 S
WTCC Race of Argentina (Termas de Río Hondo): 4-6 August 2017
WTCC Race of China (Shanghai International Circuit): 13-15 October 2017*
WTCC Race of Japan (Twin Ring Motegi): 27-29 October 2017
WTCC Race of Macau (Circuit de Guia): 17-19 November 2017 S
WTCC Race of Qatar (Losail International Circuit): 30 November-1 December 2017 N

 S=street race; N=night race; *Subject to event promoter agreement

Street-tastic season opener in Marrakech
The WTCC takes to the streets of Marrakech for the seventh time in 2017 with the Circuit Moulay El Hassan, transformed into a semi-permanent facility for this year, hosting the season opener on 9 April, the first time since 2014 that the Moroccan city has enjoyed such an honour. Fans will turn out in great number to watch home hero Mehdi Bennani in action, while a huge launch party will take place in the build up to the weekend.

Mighty Monza gets a timely comeback
Monza hosted the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship event in 1987. To mark the 40-year anniversary, the WTCC is back at the famous Italian Grand Prix venue having last visited in 2013. Monza’s long straights always deliver great racing and the same is expected when the championship returns in 2017. A pre-season test will also be scheduled at the track.

Fans Hungary for more WTCC action
Local fans will descend on the Hungaroring in their thousands to cheer on home favourite Norbert Michelisz. The event switches from a late April to a mid-May date. The annual street parade in Budapest on 1 May, featuring demonstration laps by a variety of racing cars including Formula One machinery, will further promote the event to new audiences.

Nürburgring Nordschleife is ready and waiting
The most fearsome challenge in international motorsport awaits the WTCC drivers for a third season running when the track’s 25.378-kilometre lap and 64 heart-stopping corners provide the ultimate test in late May.

Still the (Vila) Real deal
Nicknamed the Nürburgring Nordschleife of the south due to its climbs, dips and blind turns, the Vila Real street circuit in northern Portugal offers a dramatic spectacle and tough test, and the last event of the traditional European season.

Argentina to launch flyaway races
WTCC Race of Argentina at Termas de Río Hondo in early August is the first of five overseas events, which are made possible through the alliance with DHL, the championship’s Official Logistics Partner. In a tweak to the schedule the WTCC races of China and Japan move back to the middle and end of October respectively, with the Qatar night race running on 1 December, two weeks after the return of the famous Guia Race on the streets of Macau.

Magical Macau returns
Macau, a Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China and former Portuguese enclave, oozes motorsport culture and heritage and was the setting of the traditional WTCC season closer from 2005-2014. Celebrating the famous Guia Race for touring cars, WTCC Race of Macau is part of an action-packed weekend of international FIA events and championships, including the Macau Grand Prix, which awards the FIA Formula 3 World Cup to the winner.

Farewell for now
The WTCC won’t visit Slovakia Ring or Circuit Paul Ricard in 2017 although both venues will host rounds of the FIM Endurance World Championship, which, like the WTCC, is promoted by Eurosport Events. The WTCC’s four-year stint at the Moscow Raceway also comes to an end.]]>