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Yvan Muller will be putting his bid for a fifth FIA World Touring Car Championship title on hold – just until after this weekend.

The FIA World Touring Car Championship is back from its summer break and back with a bang as the season-closing tour of Asia and the Middle East kicks off in Japan next week when Twin Ring Motegi hosts the all-action WTCC for the first time from 11-13 September.

FIA World Touring Car Championship rising star Hugo Valente will pay tribute to his late friend Jules Bianchi when he contests JVC KENWOOD WTCC Race of Japan next week.

Nicky Catsburg’s spectacular accident in Vila Real back in July has topped a best crashes compilation from the first half of this season’s FIA World Touring Car Championship.

Two races, three titles still up for grabs, one venue new to the WTCC, plus lots of drama and excitement in store: it can only be September in the FIA World Touring Car Championship.

FIA World Touring Car Championship point-scorer Néstor Girolami did his chances of winning a second-straight Argentine Súper TC2000 title the power of good by finishing runner-up in Santa Fe yesterday (30 August) to move to the top of the standings with five rounds remaining.

Nicolas Lapierre has described his FIA World Touring Car Championship chance with LADA Sport Rosneft as a “very exciting challenge” after testing the squad’s Vesta TC1 earlier in the summer.

LADA Sport Rosneft has thanked Jaap van Lagen after the Dutch driver’s FIA World Touring Car Championship adventure with the team came to an end with the signing of Nicolas Lapierre for the season-closing quartet of races.

Nicolas Lapierre will make his FIA World Touring Car Championship debut in Japan next month after signing for LADA Sport Rosneft for the remainder of 2015.

It’s not just the battle for overall FIA World Touring Car Championship glory that will resume when Twin Ring Motegi hosts JVC KENWOOD WTCC Race of Japan from 11-13 September.

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